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When the local mailman inherits a haunted house and demands an exorcism, Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts--until she met the spirit of hard-boiled 1940s detective Jack Shepard. And when P When the local mailman inherits a haunted house and demands an exorcism, Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts--until she met the spirit of hard-boiled 1940s detective Jack Shepard. And when Pen's friend and mailman, Seymour Tarnish, gets into deep trouble, Pen not only believes in her ghost--she also thinks he can help... An elderly lady of leisure has been found dead on posh Larchmont Avenue, her will recently, and suspiciously, revised to name Seymour as heir to her mansion. Just as eyes turn to him as the murderer--and Seymour gets busy settling into his ritzy digs--the mansion's ghosts begin plaguing him. So he hires a team of parapsychologists to exorcise all the spirits from the town of Quindicott--and that includes Jack Shepard. Now Pen must act fast--because losing Jack scares Pen more than rattling chains and cold spots...


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When the local mailman inherits a haunted house and demands an exorcism, Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts--until she met the spirit of hard-boiled 1940s detective Jack Shepard. And when P When the local mailman inherits a haunted house and demands an exorcism, Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts--until she met the spirit of hard-boiled 1940s detective Jack Shepard. And when Pen's friend and mailman, Seymour Tarnish, gets into deep trouble, Pen not only believes in her ghost--she also thinks he can help... An elderly lady of leisure has been found dead on posh Larchmont Avenue, her will recently, and suspiciously, revised to name Seymour as heir to her mansion. Just as eyes turn to him as the murderer--and Seymour gets busy settling into his ritzy digs--the mansion's ghosts begin plaguing him. So he hires a team of parapsychologists to exorcise all the spirits from the town of Quindicott--and that includes Jack Shepard. Now Pen must act fast--because losing Jack scares Pen more than rattling chains and cold spots...

30 review for The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelle

    I keep rating these books as just ok - and then can't help but read the next one. Sort of like potato chips.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Pen and her handsome ghost are put on the case once again! No problem when your ghost is a 1940's era private detective who can help guide you to the killer! Interesting characters with an intriguing spin by adding in a ghost with attitude help enhance a well thought out plot. I am intrigued to see what happens in the next book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)

    You have a body found as if scared in fright, Pen's friend Seymour inherits the mansion and from there, suspicions arise. One of the being the supernatural kind. This had a slow start but picked up in the middle. And so it changed from being a 4 to 4.5 to 5. Only complaint I had honestly was the character of Ciders. OMG! Seriously what was going on there? Did he forgot how much Pen has done with helping solve the cases? I mean seriously why was he so quick to judge? He didn't use his head there, n You have a body found as if scared in fright, Pen's friend Seymour inherits the mansion and from there, suspicions arise. One of the being the supernatural kind. This had a slow start but picked up in the middle. And so it changed from being a 4 to 4.5 to 5. Only complaint I had honestly was the character of Ciders. OMG! Seriously what was going on there? Did he forgot how much Pen has done with helping solve the cases? I mean seriously why was he so quick to judge? He didn't use his head there, not even confirming the conclusions but instead was just jumping. Anyway, at least there's Eddie. I like him. I like how the past cases of Jack are somehow relevant to the case Pen's currently trying to solve. Nice crime solving there. Also, not enough Jack in this one but you know what? There was a reason behind that and I agree with him. Near the end, though there's a quick moment, what one of the character's say and I wonder if it'll be brought up again later on in the series. If ever the next book comes out. Yeah I'll be a little impatient waiting for it. But at least I'm caught up with this series so far. From book one, I liked it. Even if there's some moments where you like seriously and you got to be kidding me and aww that was kind of sweet. The writing and character development helps as well. Good sequel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I had only ever read the first in this series, and while I'm not a fan of skipping around in a series, one of the Facebook book clubs had this as their selection a couple of weeks ago. I'm behind, of course, but they leave the event up for anyone that can't make the event. I do want to read from book 2 though. Pen's friend Seymour the mailman has inherited a mansion on a ritzy part of town that just might be haunted. She even experienced some of the ghostly happenings in it herself and had starte I had only ever read the first in this series, and while I'm not a fan of skipping around in a series, one of the Facebook book clubs had this as their selection a couple of weeks ago. I'm behind, of course, but they leave the event up for anyone that can't make the event. I do want to read from book 2 though. Pen's friend Seymour the mailman has inherited a mansion on a ritzy part of town that just might be haunted. She even experienced some of the ghostly happenings in it herself and had started wondering if the older lady who lived there wasn't possibly frightened to death by someone stirring up the ghosts in the house. Later she realized she needed to hunt down a flesh and blood killer, so with her ghostly friend Jack's assistance he gives her by speaking into her mind, Pen was able to help solve this case. Since I skipped from book one to this book, I'm not sure the other books do this but I'm pretty sure they probably do and that's having Pen travel back to Jack's time in her dreams. I know this happened only once in book 1. I liked how they tied the old case to the contemporary case. It was interesting meeting some of the people from Jack's past. I really was surprised by who the killer turned out to be, since I was sure that it was someone else. This was a perfect Halloween read and just the level of spookiness I can handle! Before I read the newest book though, I am going to read the others in the series in order.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    I haven't read any in this series for a while, and I forgot how good they are! In this entry, a rich lady dies under mysterious circumstances in her mansion, bookstore owner Penelope Thornton-McClure finds her, and eventually her cause of death is tentatively listed as 'dying of fright', which is quite a difficult thing to proof. Penelope has her own suspicions, and also has her own 'ghost', Jack, who helps her solve the crime, despite all the possible suspects who could have done it. This is a I haven't read any in this series for a while, and I forgot how good they are! In this entry, a rich lady dies under mysterious circumstances in her mansion, bookstore owner Penelope Thornton-McClure finds her, and eventually her cause of death is tentatively listed as 'dying of fright', which is quite a difficult thing to proof. Penelope has her own suspicions, and also has her own 'ghost', Jack, who helps her solve the crime, despite all the possible suspects who could have done it. This is a very satisfying read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Although I still love Jack, there isn’t a whole lot of different stuff in this book. Not that it’s bad at all, just kind of routine and typical. Body found, side story with one of the main characters, Pen and Jack investigate, case solved. One thing I do love with this series is that the characters remain true to the storyline and we don’t have too many new characters introduced. I thought this was the last one, which would be sort of a horrible way to end, but apparently it is not...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I guess this is it for this series. I liked it lots.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This was the last of my ghostie books. I am going to miss this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fifth in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series set in an old bookstore, Buy the Books, in Quindicott, Rhode Island. One of the owners, Penelope McClure, has an odd partnership in detecting…with the ghost of a private detective, Jack Shepard, who was murdered in the bookstore in 1949. The Story While delivering a parcel of books, Pen stumbles over the dead body of her buyer, a Miss Todd, who lived as a recluse in her old mansion. Seymour Tarnish is on the hot seat for this one…mostly because Chief Ci Fifth in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series set in an old bookstore, Buy the Books, in Quindicott, Rhode Island. One of the owners, Penelope McClure, has an odd partnership in detecting…with the ghost of a private detective, Jack Shepard, who was murdered in the bookstore in 1949. The Story While delivering a parcel of books, Pen stumbles over the dead body of her buyer, a Miss Todd, who lived as a recluse in her old mansion. Seymour Tarnish is on the hot seat for this one…mostly because Chief Ciders and Bull McCoy have a hard-on for hurtin' Seymour and they're both stupider than bricks. And when Pen tells them she saw Seymour running across the road with a bloodied shirt and Miss Todd's will is read and Seymour inherits just about everything, well…even if the medical examiner says she died of natural causes, Ciders will do just about anything to put Seymour away even if Pen still thinks Miss Todd was frightened to death. The Characters I suspect we may have a couple of new characters in the series: Emory Stoddard is/was Miss Todd's lawyer and Ophelia Tuttle is Stoddard's secretary and both are members of the Rhode Island Paranormal Society. Ophelia can see and hear Jack…you can imagine how annoyed Pen is that Ophelia can see Jack and she can't! Mrs. Fromsette and April Briggs are mother and daughter with a huge stake in things. My Take This was rather fun in that Pen was so worried about ghostbusters and exorcisms taking Jack away from her. I thought she got a bit carried away about it, but Pen was definitely worried about Jack disappearing forever. The disappointing part of it was that there just wasn't the action and excitement I've come to expect. Sure, the unveiling of how they terrified Miss Todd to death was interesting and I'm curious as to how Kimberly will use Ophelia and Stoddard in future stories—how could she resist with all the terror it inspires in Pen! But I missed having more action inside the bookstore, we hardly saw Sadie, and we didn't get much time on one of Jack's old cases in Pen's dreams. Sadie certainly made a good pitch for an open mind about books—just because a book's subject isn't your cup of tea, it's no reason to put it down. It's made me stop and think. I'm hoping when I get down on a book, it's for the right reasons and not just because I dislike its subject. It's been two years since this installment was published and I'm hoping Kimberly hasn't given up on the series…I want to know what happens when Bud beats the Municipal Zoning Witch at the polls, I want to see Pen have a regular date and listen to Jack bitch and moan about it, I want more action between Pen and Jack… The Cover The cover has us peeking in through the opened, double-arched doors of Miss Todd's mansion at the stairs just inside the door with Jack's fedora caught on the newel post. It's missing the lovely stained glass border the first four books had. Instead the top and bottom are bordered by a thick band of burgundy. The title is a bit ho-hum but accurate as it is all about the The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rawlins

    The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion is the fifth book of the Haunted Bookshop Mystery Series by Cleo Coyle. This was my favorite book so far and I really enjoy the series. Bookstore owner Penelope Thornton-McClure is on her way to deliver a book order to shut-in Miss Timothea Todd when she almost hits her good friend, mailman Seymour Tarnish running down the road. He dashes away and she continues on to Miss Todd's house to find the woman frightened to death in her living room. It was rumored that The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion is the fifth book of the Haunted Bookshop Mystery Series by Cleo Coyle. This was my favorite book so far and I really enjoy the series. Bookstore owner Penelope Thornton-McClure is on her way to deliver a book order to shut-in Miss Timothea Todd when she almost hits her good friend, mailman Seymour Tarnish running down the road. He dashes away and she continues on to Miss Todd's house to find the woman frightened to death in her living room. It was rumored that her mansion is haunted with ghosts. The situation becomes complicated when it's revealed the mailman has inherited the mansion and the grounds. When Seymour is arrested for Miss Todd's murder, Penelope decides to help prove his innocence with help from her ghost friend, dead 1940's Private investigator Jack Shepard. It turns out that Jack has had some experience with Miss Todd's ghost when he was very much alive in the 1940's. Through Penelope's dreams, Jack brings her back to work the case in the 1940's as well as continuing to work the case in present day. The two characters, Penelope and Jack, are great together and I love how this series combines both time periods, comparing clothes, culture and investigative techniques. The Haunted Bookshop Mystery Series is a great paranormal cozy mystery series. Cleo Coyle (a pen name)also writes the Coffee-house Mysteries under pen name Alice Kimberly with her husband. If you enjoy clever cozy mystery with a in-depth plot, pick up the mystery series by Cleo Coyle and/or Alice Kimberly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kucharski

    I feel like the author hit her stride on book 4 and this one continues the stride, nice pacing and of course this one deals with "ghosts." The course of the town and Pen's friends continues in this story keeping the world of Quindicott quaint and yet gives us some changes in it as well. I won't go into detail about the story itself, which was clever, but if you like this series an interesting character is introduced. One that can actually see and hear Jack. Will be interesting to see if she retur I feel like the author hit her stride on book 4 and this one continues the stride, nice pacing and of course this one deals with "ghosts." The course of the town and Pen's friends continues in this story keeping the world of Quindicott quaint and yet gives us some changes in it as well. I won't go into detail about the story itself, which was clever, but if you like this series an interesting character is introduced. One that can actually see and hear Jack. Will be interesting to see if she returns! Also I can feel the heat ramping up against another character, Marjorie- which I hopes comes to an interesting "um" face-off of sorts. Fun fun, If you want to read this series, you can start anywhere, but of course it would be best to start at the beginning as the series is progressive... but I started on book 3 and was fine. I am not finally getting to book 1. Love the quotes from all the old detective mysteries that precede each chapter's start.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Love this series! I like the characters and love how they mix Jack's old cases into modern events. This is a good old fashioned haunted house and I was totally surprised by the culprit. #readforkimberly

  13. 5 out of 5

    Agnesxnitt

    At the moment this is the last instalment of The Haunted Bookshop mystery series, so I always stretch the re-reading out a bit. We've been promised a 6th book for going on 3 years - I hope the author hurries up! Anyway, Pen and Jack nearly meet their Waterloo this story. Pen is delivering some books to a very good customer who lives in the original part of the town. Customer is an elderly, rich and reclusive lady, and on the way Pen, blinded by a low sun, nearly hits a pedestrian running across t At the moment this is the last instalment of The Haunted Bookshop mystery series, so I always stretch the re-reading out a bit. We've been promised a 6th book for going on 3 years - I hope the author hurries up! Anyway, Pen and Jack nearly meet their Waterloo this story. Pen is delivering some books to a very good customer who lives in the original part of the town. Customer is an elderly, rich and reclusive lady, and on the way Pen, blinded by a low sun, nearly hits a pedestrian running across the road. Why is Seymour, the mailman, running like the devil is behind him? When Pen recovers from her near miss and arrives, she finds the house she is delivering to is unlocked and the occupant dead. When the local police arrive, they arrest Seymour though he is released later. The Quindicott police department maintain he is the main suspect, further heightened when it turns out the elderly lady has left Seymour her valuable house and content - and people have murdered for less than that in their time... The new house may be lovely, but it isn't lucky - Seymour's VW bus brakes are cut, and he is seemingly being haunted at night. He puts the brakes down to a shoddy garage and gets a team of TV Ghost Investigators in to solve the latter problem. Pen is really worried - could they exorcise Jack? Added to this mix is a mysterious sister of the deceased, a lawyer with a definite secret to hide, and his PA who is able to not only see but talk to Jack which both Pen and her PI find equally disturbing. I really hope Cleo Coyle and her husband - the authors of this series - get a shimmy on and get #6 novel out, its killing me!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paula Ratcliffe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In this book Pen is off to visit Ms. Todd a recluse who never goes anywhere if she can On the way there she nearly hits the Postman Seymour Tarnish whose running away from the Todd Mansion when Pen arrives the door is open and the old lady is found dead. Who killed Ms. Todd and why? Jack is also working another missing persons case in 1948 where he is hired by a kid to find his mother. The two cases are connected but Pen has to really work at this to figure out what happened to the mother and Ms. In this book Pen is off to visit Ms. Todd a recluse who never goes anywhere if she can On the way there she nearly hits the Postman Seymour Tarnish whose running away from the Todd Mansion when Pen arrives the door is open and the old lady is found dead. Who killed Ms. Todd and why? Jack is also working another missing persons case in 1948 where he is hired by a kid to find his mother. The two cases are connected but Pen has to really work at this to figure out what happened to the mother and Ms. Todd. The only thing like Pen I worried about was whether the ghost busters would bust Jack and take him away from Pen. Alas that didn't happen which is good to see that Pen and Jack are still together. I was drawn into this book I couldn't put it down and I was so glad I picked it up to read. I love the characters and the news ones you meet in everyone of their books. Can't wait to see what is next for Pen and Jack!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    For some reason, this one didn't engage me as much as the previous ones - perhaps 5 in a row is too many. It was still interesting, but was easy to put down. Pen's friend Seymour the mailman unexpectedly inherits a mansion after its owner dies, apparently frightened to death. Pen herself feels 'cold spots' in the house, and hopes to to get her ghost Jack to help her. But he pretty much disappears after sharing more of his past cases with her so she is on her own. Pen doesn't want Jack around any For some reason, this one didn't engage me as much as the previous ones - perhaps 5 in a row is too many. It was still interesting, but was easy to put down. Pen's friend Seymour the mailman unexpectedly inherits a mansion after its owner dies, apparently frightened to death. Pen herself feels 'cold spots' in the house, and hopes to to get her ghost Jack to help her. But he pretty much disappears after sharing more of his past cases with her so she is on her own. Pen doesn't want Jack around anyway, because Seymour is talking abut getting some 'ghostbusters' in to get rid of the spooks in his new acquisition, and she doesn't want Jack erased too! A meeting with a local group of occultists and a seance start her on the path to figuring out if the spooks in Seymour's house are real or not.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Miss Todd is found dead, by Local bookshop owner Pen McClure. Mrs. McClure was delivering books to Miss Todd, when she found her body. It turns out the local Mail Carrier, Seymour was named in Miss Todd’s will as the new owner of her mansion. Crazy things start to happen, Seymour’s truck’s brakes malfunction as Penn is driving back from the lawyer’s office. Strange noises & ghosts are seen moving through the living room. Someone is trying to drive the Mail Carrier from his posh home. Jack Sheppa Miss Todd is found dead, by Local bookshop owner Pen McClure. Mrs. McClure was delivering books to Miss Todd, when she found her body. It turns out the local Mail Carrier, Seymour was named in Miss Todd’s will as the new owner of her mansion. Crazy things start to happen, Seymour’s truck’s brakes malfunction as Penn is driving back from the lawyer’s office. Strange noises & ghosts are seen moving through the living room. Someone is trying to drive the Mail Carrier from his posh home. Jack Sheppard takes Penn back to 1948 to help him solve the disappearance of a young boy’s mother. I listened to the audiobook and I quite enjoyed it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roberta Sallee

    I hope this wasn't the last one in the series! So this time Pen's friend Seymour inherits a mansion but troubles, too, when he is (falsely) accused of murder and ghostly events (not involving Jack) occur. Actually there is some concern that Jack will be outed in the process of that old style PI ghost and Pen's teamwork sleuthing. One criticism....the usual plot device of the connecting case from the 40's wasn't as strong as usual. I still appreciated the dive into 1947 NY, don't get me wrong.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Spiller

    Life is tough. "Today was never good enough. Tomorrow was always coming. Then one day it wasn't". Sometimes in the midst of life, you need a "cozy" mystery that is just fun for the brain. This is that type of book. Mystery, ghost and some pretty great characters make a fun read. This book was just fun and I didn't want to put it down. This is the first Haunted Bookshop Mystery I have read, but it won't be my last.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debi Emerson

    I love this series & all the people in it! As it was copyrighted 2009, I thought I'd come to the end & was sad. Then I saw another will be coming out this fall! Can't wait to catch up with some of my favorite fictional people! This series is a great combination of the hard boiled detective & the cozy mystery. I love this series & all the people in it! As it was copyrighted 2009, I thought I'd come to the end & was sad. Then I saw another will be coming out this fall! Can't wait to catch up with some of my favorite fictional people! This series is a great combination of the hard boiled detective & the cozy mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

    A ghost haunting your bookstore is one thing, but a 1940’s PI ghost is totally something else. Fun and games follow Penelope and Jack as they try to solve who killed Miss Todd. A haunted house, a murder and lots of suspects make this a fun and enjoyable reading experience. You will love this book if you are a fan of cozy mysteries. Especially, mysteries that feature great characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Williams

    I enjoyed this book. It was a nice quick read for me, and I love the small town setting. I liked Pen and Jack as a duo. I do think the book should've been longer and I feel that the ending came up far too quick and needed more build up, but overall I was satisfied and do recommend this for a weekend read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    While I enjoyed the story line about the mansion and all that was behind the death that took place there, I was put off by the relationship between Jack and Pen. Does she really believe she's in love with a dead man ???? Will take a break before I read any more of the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Another reviewer compared this series to potato chips, and I think that's pretty apt. They're enjoyable at worst, a lot of fun at best, but not really going to stretch your mind. But they're a fun, relaxing read, with memorable, engaging characters and some decent mysteries.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendy True

    Thumbs up! Great series

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marion McGeough

    I love this whole series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nan Hurley

    Fun series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Edmund Kubiak

    I read this book awhile ago and remember it as being fun with an interesting premise.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Conni

    Another good tale for this series. Wonder if they will write another.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

    This one had a little different vibe than the previous four. It was a good story and I will continue with the next one in the series, but this one left just a little to be desired.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Soulia-Smith

    i have read many of these so far and this one is the best that i have had. hoping the next will be as good.

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