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The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

(Haunted Bookshop Mystery #5)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,467 ratings  ·  131 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. ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published 2009)
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Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I keep rating these books as just ok - and then can't help but read the next one. Sort of like potato chips. ...more
Micky Cox
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pen and her handsome ghost are put on the case once again! No problem when your ghost is a 1940's era private detective who can help guide you to the killer! Interesting characters with an intriguing spin by adding in a ghost with attitude help enhance a well thought out plot. I am intrigued to see what happens in the next book! ...more
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
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had only ever read the first in this series, and while I'm not a fan of skipping around in a series, one of the Facebook book clubs had this as their selection a couple of weeks ago. I'm behind, of course, but they leave the event up for anyone that can't make the event. I do want to read from book 2 though.

Pen's friend Seymour the mailman has inherited a mansion on a ritzy part of town that just might be haunted. She even experienced some of the ghostly happenings in it herself and had starte
Nancy H
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any in this series for a while, and I forgot how good they are! In this entry, a rich lady dies under mysterious circumstances in her mansion, bookstore owner Penelope Thornton-McClure finds her, and eventually her cause of death is tentatively listed as 'dying of fright', which is quite a difficult thing to proof. Penelope has her own suspicions, and also has her own 'ghost', Jack, who helps her solve the crime, despite all the possible suspects who could have done it. This is a ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I still love Jack, there isn’t a whole lot of different stuff in this book. Not that it’s bad at all, just kind of routine and typical. Body found, side story with one of the main characters, Pen and Jack investigate, case solved.
One thing I do love with this series is that the characters remain true to the storyline and we don’t have too many new characters introduced. I thought this was the last one, which would be sort of a horrible way to end, but apparently it is not...
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess this is it for this series. I liked it lots.
This was the last of my ghostie books. I am going to miss this.
Kathy Davie
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Linda Rawlins
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. #readforkimberly ...more
While I enjoyed the story line about the mansion and all that was behind the death that took place there, I was put off by the relationship between Jack and Pen. Does she really believe she's in love with a dead man ???? Will take a break before I read any more of the series. ...more
Another reviewer compared this series to potato chips, and I think that's pretty apt. They're enjoyable at worst, a lot of fun at best, but not really going to stretch your mind. But they're a fun, relaxing read, with memorable, engaging characters and some decent mysteries. ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated it. Couldn’t stand the “gumshoe” ghost chatter. What’s the point. I couldn’t even finish it.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the moment this is the last instalment of The Haunted Bookshop mystery series, so I always stretch the re-reading out a bit. We've been promised a 6th book for going on 3 years - I hope the author hurries up!
Anyway, Pen and Jack nearly meet their Waterloo this story. Pen is delivering some books to a very good customer who lives in the original part of the town. Customer is an elderly, rich and reclusive lady, and on the way Pen, blinded by a low sun, nearly hits a pedestrian running across t
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Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, this one didn't engage me as much as the previous ones - perhaps 5 in a row is too many. It was still interesting, but was easy to put down. Pen's friend Seymour the mailman unexpectedly inherits a mansion after its owner dies, apparently frightened to death. Pen herself feels 'cold spots' in the house, and hopes to to get her ghost Jack to help her. But he pretty much disappears after sharing more of his past cases with her so she is on her own. Pen doesn't want Jack around any ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pen and Jack must travel back to Jack's time to find what is similar about one of his old cases to the current murder of the owner of Todd Mansion. With Seymour a prime suspect in the murder, it is up to them to save him.

I enjoyed this story. I always enjoy when Pen goes back to Jack's time. I love the 1940's. As Jack pushes her to find the connection between their cases and pushes her to develop more of her detecting skills, it's fun to watch her grow both as a person and a PI. There is humor a
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Miss Todd is found dead, by Local bookshop owner Pen McClure. Mrs. McClure was delivering books to Miss Todd, when she found her body. It turns out the local Mail Carrier, Seymour was named in Miss Todd’s will as the new owner of her mansion. Crazy things start to happen, Seymour’s truck’s brakes malfunction as Penn is driving back from the lawyer’s office. Strange noises & ghosts are seen moving through the living room. Someone is trying to drive the Mail Carrier from his posh home. Jack Sheppa ...more
Roberta Sallee
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope this wasn't the last one in the series!
So this time Pen's friend Seymour inherits a mansion but troubles, too, when he is (falsely) accused of murder and ghostly events (not involving Jack) occur. Actually there is some concern that Jack will be outed in the process of that old style PI ghost and Pen's teamwork sleuthing.
One criticism....the usual plot device of the connecting case from the 40's wasn't as strong as usual.
I still appreciated the dive into 1947 NY, don't get me wrong.
Shelly Spiller
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is tough. "Today was never good enough. Tomorrow was always coming. Then one day it wasn't". Sometimes in the midst of life, you need a "cozy" mystery that is just fun for the brain. This is that type of book. Mystery, ghost and some pretty great characters make a fun read.

This book was just fun and I didn't want to put it down. This is the first Haunted Bookshop Mystery I have read, but it won't be my last.
Debi Emerson
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I love this series & all the people in it! As it was copyrighted 2009, I thought I'd come to the end & was sad. Then I saw another will be coming out this fall! Can't wait to catch up with some of my favorite fictional people! This series is a great combination of the hard boiled detective & the cozy mystery. ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A ghost haunting your bookstore is one thing, but a 1940’s PI ghost is totally something else. Fun and games follow Penelope and Jack as they try to solve who killed Miss Todd. A haunted house, a murder and lots of suspects make this a fun and enjoyable reading experience. You will love this book if you are a fan of cozy mysteries. Especially, mysteries that feature great characters.
Abigail Williams
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was a nice quick read for me, and I love the small town setting. I liked Pen and Jack as a duo. I do think the book should've been longer and I feel that the ending came up far too quick and needed more build up, but overall I was satisfied and do recommend this for a weekend read. ...more
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

Oh my goodness, this was the best story in the series so far. For me, the best part was how the current case and Jack’s old case intertwined. I am having a lot of fun with these cozy mysteries.
Wendy True
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thumbs up! Great series
Marion McGeough
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this whole series.
Nan Hurley
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun series!
Edmund Kubiak
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book awhile ago and remember it as being fun with an interesting premise.
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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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