The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by Cleo Coyle

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller
(Haunted Bookshop Mystery)

by Cleo Coyle

I love the way this book is part in current times part in Jack’s time. The relationship between them is so cute even if it is impossible.
~Community Bookstop

. . . the plot was seriously intriguing, and each time our amateur sleuths, bookseller Pen (and I the reader) thought we had it solved–well, the story turned yet another corner, so we had to progress. I loved every single minute of it.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

I LOVED this book! I LOVED Jack and I LOVED Pen! What a super fun book that is well written and well scripted.
~The Montana Bookaholic

I devoured this book. I enjoyed every minute of it. The characters and the story are well-written.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Pen and Jack make an awesome sleuthing duo and you can tell that they care about each other.
~MJB Reviewers

Who would have thought a dead gumshoe could be so much fun? Right from the beginning, the presence of a stereotypical 1930s private detective thrown into a modern world comes through loud and clear.
~Mysteries with Character

This is a terrific book, a nice little cozy to read for Halloween too.
~Reading Authors

I found myself laughing out loud! I found this book well written, funny and multilayered.
~Author Teresa Trent

Cleo Coyle skillfully weaves a mystery filled with intersecting stories, past and present . . . THE GHOST AND THE BOGUS BESTSELLER illustrates how past choices can affect the present.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

While the action moves at a quick pace and there are plot twists aplenty, the tension rises the closer you get to the end. You will find yourself flying through the pages.
~Laura’s Interests

The Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller was just fun. The characters are charming even the ghost.
~My Reading Journeys

What a delightful and unique cozy mystery! Of course, I always enjoy a paranormal twist to the plot and this one proved a distinctive one at that.
~Rosepoint Publishing

Oh my goodness, I was so glad to see Jack again! I have missed him so!!! . . . This is a great mystery, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing!
~Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

I met Pen and her ghostly partner in crime. The combination of the two flows quite smoothly with the mystery as well as the book theme as they talk back and forth working to solve the murder . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I always like the style in which this author writes and I loved the twists that kept me guessing until the end.
~A. Holland Reads

So what do cozy mysteries have in common with noir detective novels? Usually not much, but Cleo Coyle has done an excellent job of combining 2 of my favorite genres into one exciting mystery series!
~The Book’s the Thing

Penelope and Jack make an awesome team . . . This is a 5-star read for me.
~Brooke Blogs

This was a really enjoyable read. The mystery kept me engaged and interested in the story. The characters are great.
~Bookworm Cafe

I love how the author keeps the two worlds clear with color, lingo, and pacing, separating the present with Jack’s time period.
~The Editing Pen

This story was fun and exciting with a delightful cast of characters. I always liked Jack and Penelope together and this was a mystery that I absolutely got lost in.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller was a great new addition to the series . . . I like the relationship Penelope has with Jack and love the trick of Pen carrying a token from Jack’s past which enables him to leave the bookshop with her. It’s a neat little twist that opens so many doors and continues to make this series so successful.
~Curling Up By The Fire

About the Book

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Berkley (September 25, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0425237451
ISBN-13: 978-0425237458
Digital 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.

About the Author

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 nearly fifteen years in print. They also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, which were originally published under their second pseudonym, Alice Kimberly (The Ghost and Mrs. McClureThe Ghost and the Dead DebThe Ghost and the Dead Man’s LibraryThe Ghost and the Femme FataleThe Ghost and the Haunted Mansion). Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. 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. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting

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3 thoughts on “The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by Cleo Coyle

  1. Reading The Ghost & Mrs McClure..1St book of series.LOVING it!! Jack is such a sexy ghost. Can’t wait to read future Haunted Bookshop books. Looking forward also to next Coffeehouse book.❤❤❤❤

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