Cozy Wednesday with Cleo Coyle – Author of The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so excited to have Cleo Coyle drop by for a visit!

Why We Made Our Ghost Reappear

By Cleo Coyle

“Jack and Pen are a terrific duo who prove that love can transcend anything.”

—The Mystery Reader

For nearly ten years, fans of our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries told us how much they missed our stories. Emails, messages, comments on posts implored us to bring our series back. We expected this outcry to die down, but it never did, which is why we returned to writing it.

Look for our brand new Haunted Bookshop Mystery, The Ghost, and the Bogus Bestseller, to be released next week by our longtime publisher. We dedicated it to our readers, who waited almost a decade for Jack to come back. And who is Jack? If you’re new to our series, he’s the first (of five) reasons fans say they love our books…


Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle



A tough PI from the mean streets of New York, Jack lived on the rougher side of life. His death (in 1949) was no picnic, either. Gunned down while pursuing a lead in a murder case, he was left with a hardened outlook, especially when it came to judging people and their motives. Despite his troubled spirit, Jack has a wicked sense of humor, and he can’t help cracking wise about the absurdities of our modern life—from paying for water in a bottle to staring half the day at a little glowing screen.


Penelope McClure – Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

#2 THE PRIM BOOKSELLER: Penelope McClure

A young widow with a little boy, Penelope Thornton-McClure once believed in spirits, until a series of tragic losses took her faith away. Slowly, Jack Shepard is restoring that faith, and though Pen often bristles at the ghost’s retro male attitude, she’s encouraged by the strangest irony of all—the ghost’s belief in her. Whether Jack is an actual apparition or the vivid imaginings of a stressed and lonely widow, the surly, wise-cracking gumshoe is Pen’s daily companion and a handy advisor when big-city crimes come to Pen’s small town.




#3 QUINDICOTT: The Quaint Rhode Island Town

Readers love spending time in Penelope’s charming hometown. Quindicott may be less posh than nearby Newport, but its residents are proud of its revived Cranberry Street business district and renowned Victorian B&B. Fresh ocean air, amazing seafood, and a neighborly community make it one of the area’s most pleasant places to live—even if you happen to be dead.



The “Quibblers” are a cast of quirky characters who make up the local Quindicott Business Owners Association. They meet regularly in Penelope’s charming old bookshop (guarded by Pen’s cat Bookmark). There’s Fiona Finch, the fastidious co-owner of Finch Inn, who has a penchant for True Crime books and “happening to overhear” conversations between guests. Seymour, the outspoken mailman who moonlights as an ice cream truck driver, collects vintage pulp fiction, and lives in a haunted mansion. And there are plenty of other colorful characters who Pen dearly loves—and the ghost barely tolerates.

#5 THE MURDER MYSTERIES: Twisty Plots to Die For

The entertaining murder mystery storylines of our Haunted Bookshop series have kept readers happily turning pages for years. Join our prim bookseller as she teams up with her hardboiled ghost to catch cunning killers. Each book can be read as a stand-alone or in order. The six titles are…

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure

The Ghost and the Dead Deb

The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library

The Ghost and the Femme Fatale

The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

And our newest release…

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller




CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating fifteen years in print and three starred reviews. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the beloved Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

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Thank you so much for visiting today!! 

Now let me give you my thoughts on The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller.

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Rhode Island
Berkley (September 25, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0425237451
ISBN-13: 978-0425237458
Kindle ASIN: B078VX9SNF

Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop’s ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn’t believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful…

After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it–literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jack and Pen fans Rejoice! This series is back with a brand new mystery! New readers Rejoice! The authors have written this mystery in a way that you can jump right in with this new mystery and feel right at home. 

Penelope Thornton-McClure got more than she bargained for in her bookshop, but now that she has gotten to know Private Eye Jack Shepard she wouldn’t have it any other way. You see, Jack is a ghost from the 1940’s, killed in the shop in 1947, and he has saved her more than once. Together they have solved quite a few mysteries too.

A new book has just been released and it has been flying off the shelves. When a well to do customer falls apart in the store after a peek at the book jacket, Pen becomes concerned. That and the woman ran out of the store without paying for the book. When Pen tracks her down she makes a horrible discovery, the woman is dead and was killed not long before Pen’s arrival. The police say suicide but Pen doesn’t think so. There is a whole lot more about this bestseller than the story within the pages and with Jack’s help Pen is going find out what it is, even if it means making contact with a killer.

I was so excited to hear this series was returning. Book #5, The Ghost in the Haunted Mansion was released in 2008. Ten years later our patience has been rewarded. Don’t worry if you have forgotten details about the characters or if this is a new series to you. The characters are all introduced like this is the first book in the series. They are some incredible characters too. Jack, Pen, Aunt Sadie, co-owner of the bookstore, mailman Seymour, and Bookmark, the cat,  are all back.

The author’s style of writing really set a scene and give readers a  delightful mystery. Well-written and well-plotted the story is full of twists and turns that make the book very hard to put down.  I really love the trips back in time Jack takes Pen on via her dreams. She and readers get to see how one of his old cases played out and helps her see clues to the current mystery.

These authors never fail to give readers an impressive mystery. I was so excited to start reading this book but was sad to see it end. I am so happy to have reconnected with these characters and truly hope we do not have to wait 10 years to visit Quindicott again.

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26 thoughts on “Cozy Wednesday with Cleo Coyle – Author of The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

  1. Thank you for your review on “The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller” by Cleo Coyle.

    Loved reading the five reasons which just makes me want to read this book all the more.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. I don’t tweet but would be super excited to own these great books! They look so interesting and sound like so much fun to read. I entered here’s hoping. The coffeehouse books are truly amazing.thank you

  3. I have not read any of this series but would to start reading them. I really enjoy reading the Coffeehouse series and know the Haunted Bookshop mysteries will be just as enjoyable.

  4. I read all the Coffeehouse Mysteries, however not this series yet. I would love to read this series, it looks amazing. Thank you for the giveaway, it is a great way to catch up.

  5. Sounds like a great series, glad it’s back. By the way if you are looking for the original 5 books in the series at your library, the author of those is Alice Kimberly (pseudonym) while the latest is Cleo Coyle.

  6. I’ve read the first one in this series and loved it! It would be awesome to have the whole series to read!

  7. I am so excited that these are print copies and that we all have the chance to win this great contest!

  8. Cleo’s Coffeehouse series is one of my favorites!! Love this series, too! So glad Jack is BACK!!

  9. I have not read this series though I know and love the Coffeehouse Mysteries. Have thoroughly enjoyed the recipes shared by this author in the stories.

  10. I would love to win this set of books. I have read all the coffeehouse books but not this series.
    I am going to be going on vacation and it would be fun to take these with.

  11. I can’t wait to read the new one. I saved almost all of the series until I had tomoved to a smaller place. I would love to have the set again to reread. Hope I am chosen!

  12. Congratulations on this exciting release of The Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller. Jack IS back!!!!! I have enjoyed every book written by the Dynamic Duo and now that I have finally caught the eye of Jack on Facebook, ( but not the One-Eyed Jack) this book may be my favorite ever, but I say that with each new book, I know.

    Now, let’s all get reading!

    Cynthia B

  13. I love these books! The characters are fun and it is almost like watching an old black and white movie.

  14. I am going out to get this new one in the a.m. tomorrow-can hardly wait to get my and hands on it and let my eyes explore the content.

  15. I have been reading this series from the beginning and am so happy after the 10 year wait for this new one. Can’t wait to see what Pen and Jac get up to next! Love your site and getting all your recommendations and have found lots of new authors and series through you. Entered through rafflecopter above, but I don’t do twitter so I couldn’t get those entries. Thanks for the chance to win as well as all the great content.

  16. More than anything, I’m tickled that this series is going to be available on Audible. Loved the other series, so I’ve REALLY been looking forward to this!!

  17. I am among the fans that have been waiting and waiting, and wanting and asking, and waiting some more. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about the release of a book!

  18. I have not read this series, but it sounds amazing. I also love the beautiful cover. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  19. Who knew about all the Ghost series. I am just learning. Read all the Coffee House books. I missed out on the Madam Bag. It sure would be something to talk about in my knitting group with a ” new project bag” on my shoulder .A bag totally different and a one of a kind ‘designer’ bag. I am looking forward to reading all the titled ghost book collection.

  20. Dropping in to say THANK YOU to everyone who entered our giveaway and especially to those of you who took the time to leave comments. We are thrilled with the welcome we received in bringing back this series after nearly ten years, and we are already at work on the next book in our Haunted Bookshop Mystery world. Thanks again and thanks especially to Lori for her beautiful review. Take care, everyone, and have a Happy Halloween! #JackisBack!

    With love…

    Cleo Coyle
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