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The Ghost and the Dead Deb

(Haunted Bookshop Mystery #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,303 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure wants her resident sleuth-ghost, Jack, to stop haunting her customers. But when a pretty author is murdered, Jack can't rest in peace. ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Another cute, fun installment. I still find myself wanting Penelope to actually work on solving Jack's mystery, instead of using him to help her with all of her current quandaries. It feels very selfish. I liked the peek into the life of the rich and fabulous that this book gave. ...more
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readforkimberly
I really enjoyed this book. It's the second book in the series but the first one that I've read. It was easy to catch on to and I enjoyed the concept of the ghost and loved his 40's talk. I hope to read more in the series. #readforkimberly ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books differ from stories on film. A burst of curiosity accompanies our first visual glimpses. The novelty makes it difficult for a sequel to recapture that lustre. An author explains people, premise, setting, sentence by sentence. It is a while before they can turn to the main point of a first volume, with that job to do. Never fear, if your fascination with Penelope McClure & Jack Sheppard was gradual. "The Ghost And The Dead Deb" leaps into a cast of culprits.

Remarkable in a second volume, ch
Dec 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
holy crap, boring.
I felt compelled to finish it because I had read and liked the first book in the series.
Took me two months to finally get this off my bedside table.
Candace Davidson
My favorite part about reading these books is going back in the fourties with Jack Shepard. He makes me want to continue to finish the series.
The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberley is the 2nd book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. Shortly after an appearance and promotion of her true crime book at Buy the Book, author Angel Stark is murdered and bookshop owner Penelope Thornton McClure together with her resident P.I. ghost Jack Shepherd investigate. An enjoyable mystery with interesting characters. I liked reading about Jack's old cases and how he uses them to help train Pen. The Quibblers make a fun team and their assist ...more
Penelope Thornton-McClure, co-owener of the Buy the Book bookstore, has a ghost. Not just any ghost. Hers is a P.I. by the name of Jack Shepard who was murdered on the spot nearly fifty years ago. In The Ghost & the Dead Deb, the second in Alice Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop series, the Buy the Book bookstore is hosting an author reading and book-signing with Angel Stark. Angel has just written a true crime novel about a recent unsolved mystery among the young and upper-class. When Angel starts ta ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
When young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure moved her son and her life to a small town in Rhode Island, she knew things were going to be different. She just didn't realize how different, until the ghost of a 1940's gumshoe named Jack Shepard entered her life. Now Jack has helped Penelope realize that she's stronger than she thought and can face things she never thought possible - including the onslaught of her wealthy in-laws, who have been doing their best to run roughshod over her for years, an ...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series involving a private dick murdered in 1949 whose ghost now haunts Buy the Book in Quindicott, Rhode Island.

The Story
It's been a year since Timothy Brennan was murdered and another controversial author is making an appearance at Buy the Book. A tell-all, Angel is building on her first book on addictions and poor choices amongst the smart set and "revealing" the "truth" behind the murder of Bethany Banks.

Only, we learn that the "tell-all" tells very lit
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Penelope Thornton-McClure, co-owner of Buy the Book, is back in action in her second adventure with her ghost sidekick, PI Jack Shepard. Penelope has arranged a book signing for a controversial new tell-all that Angel Stark has written surrounding the murder of her friend and rich debutante, Bethany Banks. However writing a tellall has it's risks and it seems someone is angry that Angel has told her version of the story. Riots ensue at the reading and Angel is almost run over. It turns out someo ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
You have an author, a book that well, is not a hit with everyone, especially concerning the people in the book. And from there, Pen finds there's more to this than she and Jack thought. Especially if it brings a certain familiar someone that made me think, wait really? I find that a bit of a coincidence. A big on at that now that I think about it.

I was going to give this a 4.5 but thought, I did like this one, a lot. Well, I just keep breezing through these books. Might as well get the rest of t
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, mystery
Second in the Haunted Bookshop series, featuring book store co-owner Penelope Thornton-McClure - a widow with a young son - and PI Jack Shepard - her shop's resident ghost. Hot young author Angel Stark offers a reading from her true crime book, an unsolved mystery about a debutante friend strangled to death at a party. Shortly after maliciously pointing her finger at a number of others in their high society circle, and a confrontation with the dead woman's sister, the author is found dead - stra ...more
I liked the first book in this series enough to give book 2 a try hoping it would get better. Unfortunately, it went the other way and I did not finish this.

I was bored by the pace of this story. Neither the present day mystery, nor the 40s one the ghost detective worked on back when he was alive that we hear about held my interest at all.

There was also a lot of emotional stuff the characters were dealing with that was of no interest to me at all.

There was just nothing here for me at all. Fortun
Sherri Bryant
Second book in The Haunted Bookshop series. This one wasn't bad, but I enjoyed the first one more. There's a slight hint of an attraction between Penelope and Jack, but seriously, where can it go? He's dead! As with the first book, I enjoy the banter between Penelope and Jack and his vernacular is quite entertaining. The author does a good job of making Jack believable with his vocabulary. I have the next two books in this series and am looking forward to reading them. ...more
It took me a while to get into this one, but it had a good ending. I was glad to see a slight backing off of the hard boiled slang and a twist on how to involve the ghost was nice. Jessica Fletcher syndrome is going to effect this series unless it was/is a limited one. What really set me off is the fact that the author cannot keep her own details straight. In book one, Spencer had copper curls, but in this book, he had tow headed bangs. I wonder, will he be raven haired in the next one?
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope gets caught up in murder again, this time when an author who was reading at her bookstore is killed at the Inn where she was staying. She, along with Jack are on the hunt for the killer. When another young lady who attended the book reading disappears the stakes are higher and Pen feels more pressure to help solve the mystery.

This is a fun series and I can't wait to read the next one, which is hiding somewhere in my towering TBR pile.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a good series! I love Jack the ghost.
Oct 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Angela by: goodreads site
Shelves: cozy-myst-para
Another good installment in this series. Lots of twists in this one with a surprise ending.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another cute mystery. A little bit more action than the first.
Sandie Herron
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers who enjoy biblio-mysteries with a touch of paranormal
Recommended to Sandie by: following author
While I enjoyed this second entry in the haunted bookshop mystery series, I found several things challenging. We are again visiting Buy the Book in Rhode Island owned by Penelope Thornton-McClure and her Aunt Rose. It’s been a year since they hosted their first signing, and they are hosting a controversial author of a true crime book who was friends with the victim of the murder about which she writes. This was where my confusion began.

Each member of the “high society” group to which the author
Dennis Phillips
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Penelope Thornton-McClure is a widowed mother of one who took her husband's life insurance and bought a half interest in a run down and failing bookshop owned by her aunt. She fixes the old place up and adds a community events room where among other things she plans to host author appearances. Unfortunately for Pen the first author who comes to her store drops dead right there on the stage and she is one of the chief suspects. Fortunately for Pen her bookshop is haunted by 1940s PI Jack Shepard ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first book of this series and decided to read a couple more. This one was very much like the first one, except that there are two stories involved - One of Jack's cases from the 1940s and the current murder connected to Penelope's bookstore. A woman invited to read some of her book at the bookstore is verbally attacked during the Q&A session afterwards, possibly physically attacked in the street afterwards, and then disappears. She has apparently gone off with the boyfriend of Mina ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope has another author in her store and guess what? She ends up dead, only this time not in the store. Penelope decides, along with Jack, that she needs to solve the murder so none of her friends are railroaded like she almost was last book. So she starts sleuthing again and getting in trouble.

I like Penelope and Jack. There are some twists in her relationship with Jack that I really liked. He is training her and she is getting to understand his 1940's lingo. I like how Jack pushes Penelope
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Cleo Coyle's books. But I had read the first in this series a while ago and really just didn't like the ghost part. We had this one at the book store, so I went ahead and tried the next one. I kind of felt the same about this one. I liked the mystery and the alive characters. But the dead guy annoys the hell outta me. I get that he's from a different time, so I can ignore the misogynistic behavior as it's not too horrible for his time period. But he's just annoying. And who calls someone ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Penelope and her aunt own the Haunted Bookstore, which by the way, really IS haunted by Jack Shepherd, PI.
The bookstore hosted an author for a book signing - Angel Stark. Angel has penned a tell-all book about the wealth and well heeled and the murder of one of her friends.
During the book signing hecklers disrupt the event and even try to run over Angel in the street. Much to Penelope's dismay Angel is later found murdered and one of the local boys is thought the be the murderer. Can she and Ja
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first haunted bookshop mystery and I MUST find #1. Ms. Kimberly has created a charming framework for this series. Bookstore owner Penelope (modern times) is an amateur sleuth partnered with Jack, a hardboiled detective whose ghost appears to be embedded in the bookshop's walls.

The modern mystery is clever and I could not guess the murderer, but the Penelope and Jack's relationship is the best part. He is a little less of a gentleman than Mrs. Muir's ghost, but that just adds a bit of
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So far, this series is a bit of a miss for me. I prefer the authors' coffeehouse series because their style there is smoother and their pacing is much better. Might give it one more book before I abandon the series.
In this one, a true crime author comes to the bookshop for a reading, and when she ends up missing, some secrets are revealed that seem like fiction rather than true crime straight from her book. And Jack tries to make Penelope see connections to a case from him past involving a pair
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the second book in this series better than the first. Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi do a great job at character development and make there leading and repeating characters likeable. Now that Jack has a nickel ride out of the bookstore, there is more interesting interaction between him and Pen. I understand the concept (having read The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, but it is still a little odd to me. Still the story is good and fun to read and an excellent choice for cozy mystery fans.
This is another enjoyable entry in the series. I like that the author doesn't offer a complicated explanation for why Jack can speak with Penelope - he just can, and neither of the characters know why. I also liked the mechanism used to expand Jack's horizons (so to speak) in this book.

The mystery is interesting, but in some ways, it feels a bit secondary. Still, this is a fun, light read.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially,I didn't think I'd like this book. Ghost stories don't usually hold my interest. As the story progressed, I began to relate to the characters. The mystery was well developed with a subtle climax. Though this is the second book of the series, I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Could the author be planning a romantic interest between Penelope and Jack? ...more
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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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