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

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  955 Ratings  ·  93 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.

Mass Market Paperback, 281 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Berkley (first published 2009)
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Sep 05, 2014 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it it was amazing
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
Linda Rawlins
Feb 14, 2014 Linda Rawlins rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Kucharski
Oct 18, 2013 Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 2009 Chelle rated it it was ok
I keep rating these books as just ok - and then can't help but read the next one. Sort of like potato chips.
May 04, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge, bingo
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.
When starting this book I knew it would be the last one until sometime in 2018. Not very happy with having to wait so long but I understand the author writes several different genres and series. I will try and patiently wait.

I hope readers will see more of the mailman in future books. I really enjoyed how the author twisted everything in the story and pulled off a top of the hat read.

Jack I am patiently waiting to see you again.

Highly recommend this series to any who enjoy cozy mysteries.
Jan 16, 2017 Robin rated it really liked it
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Jul 26, 2016 Trisha rated it it was ok
After reading all the current books on the series, I'm left with very conflicting feelings. It took a weekend to read all of them, consuming each digital page with no regard of the time or the date. I was on a mission. There would be no stopping me. I refused to stop. I needed to know.

Will Pen finally bang a ghost?

Let's be real here guys, I'm pretty sure everyone that read any book of this series thought about it at one point or another. I've crossed the realm of self consciousness and I'm adul
Jan 12, 2017 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Another fun read
Deborah Lind
Jan 07, 2017 Deborah Lind rated it liked it
This was the first book that I was able to find in this series. I really enjoyed this book. The main characters were appealing, and the story line had me riveted. I couldn't wait to find out who was behind the mystery.
Kathy Davie
Sep 29, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, history
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
Feb 17, 2009 Drebbles rated it really liked it
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
Heather L
Oct 12, 2010 Heather L rated it really liked it
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
T.J. Alexian
May 31, 2014 T.J. Alexian rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 26, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing

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
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
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
Kala Hammer
Aug 12, 2014 Kala Hammer rated it really liked it
The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion is the fifth book in the series about a bookshop owner who can talk with a ghost that haunts her little store in Quindicott, Rhode Island. The ghost, Jack Shepard, a private detective, was shot in the bookstore in 1946 and never left. For some unknown reason, the moment Penelope McClure steps into the bookshop she is able to communicate with him. Pen, with Jack's assistance, solves murder mysteries around town. In this particular book, Pen comes across the body ...more
Jun 23, 2009 Andi rated it it was amazing
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
Jan C
May 20, 2009 Jan C rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Dharia Scarab
Oct 25, 2013 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2012, won
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
Jan 29, 2010 Veena rated it liked it
Shelves: this-and-that
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
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
Jul 07, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2015
This was one of the better entries in the series. I really enjoyed the murder mystery and, once again, how the author took a cold case and continued it on into the present murder. The characters all are growing and I am getting a sharper view of each personality.

The setting was wonderful - can you imagine inheriting a huge old mansion with enough funds for maintenance and taxes? A dream come true, ghost or not!

I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect read for an escape to this fun fictiona
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
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
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
Mary Kennedy
Jul 02, 2010 Mary Kennedy rated it it was amazing
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
Clara  Baldwin
Jul 15, 2016 Clara Baldwin rated it liked it
I wasn't quite sure until a few chapters in that I wanted to read this book. I'm glad I did, and I will put #2 on my list for the near future.
As I ordered the next book from the library, I found that the Haunted Mansion was #5! I usually try to read a series in order, so I was a bit put out with myself. Now I'm sure a couple of questions will be answered in the first book, which is now on order.
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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.

As Cleo Coyle, they write The Coffeehouse Mysteries, including the number-one and number-two Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestsellers On What Grounds and Through the Grind
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