The Ghost Goes to the Dogs (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
About The Ghost Goes to the Dogs
The Ghost Goes to the Dogs (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting - Rhode Island
Berkley (May 2, 2023)
Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0425255492
ISBN-13 : 978-0425255490
Digital ASIN : B0B8GC8YHT
A stray dog leads bookseller Penelope McClure and her gumshoe ghost on a chase for a cunning criminal in this brand-new entry in the “UTTERLY CHARMING” (Mystery Scene) Haunted Bookshop Mysteries from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.
Pet Mystery Week brings brisk business to Penelope’s Rhode Island bookshop, but a real mystery comes barking at her door when a lost dog turns up in a panic. Pen and her son Spencer follow the furry fugitive to a wooded area where the dog’s owner lies unconscious. Mrs. Cunningham is a warm-hearted widow who volunteers at the animal shelter and runs Buy the Book’s pet lovers book club. Why would anyone shoot such a sweet soul?
The police believe it’s an accident, a shot by a careless deer hunter, but Pen remains skeptical. To straighten out this doggone mess, she whistles for the ghost of PI Jack Shepard, an expert in hounding as well as haunting. Jack has a dog story of his own, a case from the 1940s that may help Pen sniff out clues to her present predicament. Yet even with Jack’s hard-boiled help, Pen may not be able to stop the killer from striking again or letting this whole case go to the dogs…
It’s Pet Mystery week in Quindicott, Rhode Island, and Penelope McClure’s Buy the Book bookshop is catering to canines, felines, snakes, parrots, fish, and any other pet that comes through the door and their humans. In addition to the happenings at the bookstore, there are guest speakers, a traveling vet, pet adoptions, a blessing of the animals, a pet parade, and animal movies being shown at the theatre. All the local businesses are getting involved.
As Pen was getting ready for her events a dog was creating a heck of a racket in front of her shop. Pen’s son Spencer recognizes the dog and tries to calm the pup but ends up chasing him down the street to a wooded area. Pen follows as quickly as she can. They stop when they find the dog’s person unconscious on the side of the road with a bullet wound. Mrs. Cunningham is loved around Quindicott. She heads the pet lover’s book club at Buy the Book and volunteers at the local animal shelter. Why would someone have shot her?
Pen is dismayed when the police decide it was a stray bullet from a hunter. She thinks there is much more to the story and she knows just who to contact to help her investigate. Her favorite PI and resident ghost, Jack Shepard. He just so happens to have a dog case of his own dating back to the 1940s. He thinks his case will help her solve her current canine case. Together they set out to sniff out all the clues and like dogs with a bone they won’t give up until they catch the shooter and leash them up and put them in the pokey.
I get so excited when a new book is released in this series! Jack and Pen are a dynamic duo that pull readers into their crime-solving adventures and hold on tight. Jack always appears when she needs him and I love that she can travel to his world in her dreams.
Spencer really impressed me. He was respectful and truly wanted to help. He reminded me of my grandson, especially the way he was so dedicated to keeping Sparky safe. Mailman Seymour also plays a bigger role in this story. The former Jeopardy champ really knows his stuff but he can be long-winded. He also has great comedic timing, even if he may not know it, and knows how to take control of a situation. Chapter 33 is a hoot, I laughed so much I had tears in my eyes between Jack’s comments and Seymour taking charge.
This time the two mysteries have dogs being key players. Sparky is such a loyal animal and went where he could get help for his owner. Spencer and Sparky form a quick bond. Toto Two appears at Jack’s door and “hires” him to solve a riddle. I loved the way the authors captured each dog’s unique personality. I know they are animal lovers.
The mystery regarding Mrs. Cunningham was complex and multifaceted especially because the police were no help at all and wouldn’t listen to anything that didn’t confirm the conclusion they had already reached. I appreciated the twists and the unexpected connections. The second mystery took Pen and Jack to some interesting places and she met some interesting people. Both are entertaining and supremely plotted. I really enjoy following the clues and trying to put them together before Pen and Jack. I did figure out part of Jack’s mystery but the current-day mystery was harder to solve. There were some really scary situations and a chilling reveal.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Cleo Coyle is a master at setting a scene. The descriptions take readers right into the drama, the chaos, the good times, and the bad. The characters come to life and I felt like I was right there with them. I have always been able to escape into these stories and have real life slip away. Just ask my husband how hard it was to get my attention when I was reading this book. We had our own comical moment.
The Ghost Goes to the Dogs is so dog-gone great. Each new book in this series tops the last and becomes my new favorite. Another title that will be added to My Best Reads of 2023. I loved every minute!
I highly recommend every book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery Series and the Coffeehouse Mysteries are excellent too! You can’t go wrong with a book by Cleo Coyle.
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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 long-running Coffeehouse Mysteries and Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, now celebrating nearly 20 years in print. With more than one million books sold, their work has been honored with starred reviews and multiple best-of-year list selections by reviewers. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, Toho, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together.
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by Cleo Coyle
The Ghost Goes to the Dogs is a must-read for cozy mystery fans. It’s got great characters, a small town (and big city…you’ll see!) vibe that I love, a celebration of pets, and a “dog-gone” good mystery! I think you’ll enjoy this delightful book as much as I did!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners
The Ghost Goes to the Dogs is fast-paced and well-plotted. I enjoyed the way Pen and Jack worked together to solve the mystery. I recommend this mystery to fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who loves 1940s detectives or pet theme cozies.
~View from the Birdhouse
If you enjoy both noir and cozy mysteries, you cannot go wrong with this book. The mystery is engaging but the genuine and inventive characters will stick with you well past the final page. Plus, The Ghost Goes to the Dogs is, of course, filled with endearing dogs giving you an even better reason to jump right into it. 5 stars!
~Diane Reviews Books
With laughs, thrills, and ghostly chills THE GHOST GOES TO THE DOGS is a doggone fun tale!
~Cozy Up With Kathy
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