The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #5)
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The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (Haunted Bookshop Mystery #5)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  689 ratings  ·  73 reviews
When the local mailman inherits a haunted mansion and demands an exorcism, bookshop owner Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost? 1940s detective Jack Shepard?before it?s too late.

Paperback, 281 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Berkley (first published 2009)
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Nidah (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...more
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...more
T.J. Alexian
What's better than realizing you missed one book in your favorite series? This just happened with all-time favorite not-so-guilty pleasure about a month ago, and I ordered it right away.

The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion was just as good as the others in the series, if not better, because the recurring characters all feel like old friends by now. For me, there's something about the ways these books are crafted that I find more appealing than most anything else out there. These books are light as...more
Mailman Seymour Tandish, friend of bookstore owner Penelope Thornton-McClure, should be ecstatic when he inherits a mansion, but he isn’t. For one thing, the police suspect he killed the elderly owner in order to get her estate. For another thing, the mansion seems to be haunted. Penelope is very familiar with ghosts – the ghost of 1940’s private investigator Jack Shepard is often by her side – and she thinks she can help Seymour with his ghosts. But Seymour has other ideas – he wants to exorcis...more
This is the 5th book in the Haunted Bookshop series. Penny is on her way to drop off a book order to a wealthy recluse when she almost runs into Seymour, her friend and mailman, who runs away with red stains on his shirt. When she arrives, the front door is open and the owner is dead on the floor, apparently from fright. Penny must work to solve the mystery and clear Seymour, who has been left the estate to his surprise. There is also someone out to get Seymour and the mansion may be haunted. Ja...more

Haunted mansion, Seance- a delectable cozy!, June 11, 2012

By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)

This review is from: The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, No. 5) (Mass Market Paperback)
I couldn't have asked for a more inviting cozy if I tried. All the ingredients: a haunted mansion with the owner murdered, a seance and a P.I. who is in fact a ghost from the 1940's era. Totally fascinating and addictive!

Loved this book and this series from it's start. This particular book compel...more
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...more
I love Alice Kimberly/Cleo Coyle. Both series written by this husband/wife team are completely different but each is highly readable and great examples of the cozy mystery genre.

The Haunted Bookshop Mystery series on the surface, wouldn't be one that would normally appeal to me. I don't like ghosts. But the way that Kimberly weaves the ghost's past cases as a PI with the current mystery surrounding the bookshop and Penelope is very clever.

The characters in Quindicott are likeable and make you...more
Heather L
Finished The Ghost and The Haunted Mansion last night. Another good addition to the series, and really liked what this book said about censorship and not judging what other people read. This comes up as customers complain about a racy standee used to promote a new thriller. Here is what Penelope's Aunt Sadie says on the topic:

"[Customers] are perfectly free to purchase what they like to read. In this store, everyone is, and no one will ever be made to feel bad about reading whatever speaks to t...more
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...more
Jan C
These are fairly light mysteries, but I find them entertaining. It provides the lesson - don't fall in love with a ghost, there's not much substance to it. The only time she can see her ghost is when he chooses to haunt her dreams.

I'm sure that as long as these stories get written I will probably keep picking them up. So far they haven't gotten boring. Although I'm not too crazy about some of the names for groups that are meeting in her bookstore - a little too cutesy for my tastes. But it does...more
I have really enjoyed Alice Kimberly's series about a newly widowed woman and her son revamping an out of date bookstore that is haunted by a private investigator who was murdered in 1949. I have given all her books a 5 star because, as cozy mysteries go, each book has a great story and each has a certain progression regarding the relationships between the characters, in particular Penelope and her Ghost. I will say that her No. 6 book was to be released awhile ago and has still not been, and on...more
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta...more
I started with book no.5 of this series, which was probably a wrong thing to do if you are trying to figure out if this is an author you want to read more of.

That being said, I found it to be a nice, light read with the interesting storyline of a book store owner who has a special friend in a PI ghost from the 1940s. The parallels of the mystery she is trying to solve with one from his era is also nicely done. Falling in love with a ghost though, I am not sure is a very good thing.

I will definit...more
The blurb for this book was a bit misleading - it states that Pen "must act fast" to save Jack from ghosthunters, but that's actually a very tiny part of the book.

That said, this was a delightful mystery. Despite being the fifth book in the series, I was easily able to follow along, and the characters are delightful. The PI ghost, Jack, is a real corker of a "hero", but I like that Penelope (Pen) is the one who figures everything out on her own. I also like the flashbacks to a connected case fro...more
Another delightful episode in the life of bookstore owner Penelope in quaint Maine village Quindicott, as she deals with small-town politics, uncovers long-buried secrets, raises her young son, helps out her friends and receives their help in return. All the while chatting with her resident ghost Jack, who she prefers to flesh-and-blood eligible males. Jack's witty hardboiled gumshoe dialogue makes this cozy series more entertaining than most. The technical details of the haunting can be guessed...more
So far all the books of the Haunted Bookshop series have been fun to read, and I think it's what keeps me coming back to more. I love the main characters and their banter. And I also enjoy their friendship and the way they need to be together.

I also enjoy the secondary characters. Seymour Tarnish for instance is one of my favorites and I was happy to see him take a "lead" role in this mystery, even if he was a "person of interest". But when he brings in the people to exorcise the ghosts he had m...more
DK Hoffman
This is a great book - a really enjoyable read. It had all the perfect elements of a cozy and a ghost too! I'm going to look for more books in this series.
Mary Kennedy
Another delightful visit to the world of ghostly detectives is The GHOST AND THE HAUNTED MANSION (Haunted Bookshop Series, Number 5, Berkley Prime Crime, 2009), by Alice Kimberly. The main character has a sidekick, Jack Shepard, who is actually the ghost of a long-dead PI of the hard-boiled type. Penelope McClure, a bookseller, enlists his help to solve the murder of one of her loyal customers and clear her friend’s name. Alice Kimberly is the pen name of Cleo Coyle, who writes another popular s...more
This fifth installment finds bookstore owner Penelope and hard boiled detective ghost Jack investigating a haunted mansion in which the elderly owner appears to have died of fright. I found the plot of this book to be interesting in it explored some parapsychological themes, although I did find myself harkening back to Scooby Doo episodes. There was also a bit more character development, which was refreshing. I also like how the author includes a mystery within a mystery, tying cases from Jack's...more
The stories in this series are well thought out and keep the interest of the reader. The interaction between Penelope and and ghost of Jack keeps the story interesting and the interplay of Penelope's modern sensesibilities and Jack's 1940' style of doing things keeps you interested in the story line. The way the story weaves the case from modern to 1940's and back again makes for a great read. Have enjoyed all of the stories so far and am looking forward to the new one when I am able to get the...more
I wasn't very thrilled with the standard way people thought detectives talked in the late forties, but on the whole the book was very good. You have a book owner widow who is able to communicate with a deceased detective who stumbles upon a mystery when she finds an old customer deceased in her home, dead from a fright she received. Her mailman and the book shop owners are the ones to inherit her fortune. The one owner helps the mailman to find out the truth and protect him at the same time.
Bonnie McHenry
Not as good as the others, but still enjoyed the banter that exist between all of the characters. Love how the relationship between Pen and Jack keeps evolving. Love how the mysteries are woven together between the 1940s and present day. Didn't like the introduction of so many new characters. Too many to remember. I would have liked to see just 1 or 2 added. I also didn't like the language that brought to this story. Not necessary. Love this series and will continue to read.
Quick and fun! When is the next one coming out? :-)
The mystery is a little darker in this installment and really kept me guessing. The author is working more and more on the concept of tieing in Jack's old cases with current mysteries. At the center of the story this time is Seymour the postman who I personally find funny and charming in a quirky way so that increased my enjoyment. I hate I'm at the end of the releases and now have to wait for another installent to be published!
Penelope McClure, widowed and the owner of a small town bookshop, solves mysteries with the help of a ghost. This ghost is a P.I. from the 1940s who was killed in her shop.
This is a well-written, light novel. Great for a beach read or any time. It probably would not appeal to teens. Part of its humor arises from the character of Jack who is based on the Micky Spilane type character.
Sandra Strange
I like this fun series which adds an element of hard bitten detective to the typical cozy mystery with New England small town setting, with attendant repeat characters and an easy-to-relate to protagonist struggling with identity, social role, and parental challenges. Harmless and entertaining. This one includes a seemingly sweet old lady frightened to death in her Gothic mansion.
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
I think this is my favorite so far. The mystery felt something similar to a Vincent Price episode of Scooby Doo but with a slightly sinister twist. As usual, the case Jack had been working on in the '40's correlates with Pen's case in the 21st century and the relationship between the two of them deepens.

Good story, good drama, great background and fully enjoyable.
I really like this series. There is just enough going on to keep you coming back to see what will happen next. Would like to have seen more of Jack but it was still a good read. I have read all of the books in this series so far and have liked all of them but think this is the best one so far...can hardly wait for the next one in the series to come out.
Betsey Smith

I enjoyed this book and was debating whether to give it 3 or 4 stars. I gave it 3 only because its such a light read. Not that books need to be a heavy read to get a 4 rating but this was a little predictable. I most enjoyed the banter and 1940's references and scenes. Like another reviewer said it reminds me of " The Ghost and Mrs. Muir."
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Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi, a popular husband-and-wife writing team, were born and raised in Pittsburgh, met in New York City, and married in Las Vegas. Together they've authored a number of bestselling books.

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