The Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller by Cleo Coyle – Blog Tour and Giveaway!


Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop’s ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn’t believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful…

After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it–literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.

So what do cozy mysteries have in common with noir detective novels? Usually not much, but Cleo Coyle has done an excellent job of combining 2 of my favorite genres into one exciting mystery series! I was thrilled to find out there would be another Haunted Bookshop mystery after so long. I did worry though – would it have the same feel as the first books? Would I love it as much? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes.

Jack (the ghost of a 1940’s detective) and Pen (a bookshop owner) team up again to discover who killed a woman who stole a trendy bestseller from Pen’s shop. The dream sequences and flashbacks to Jacks old cases have an authentic 40’s pulp feel, while the current day action is a perfect cozy mystery. The characters are clever, the dialog is witty, and the mystery will keep you guessing. The Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller was well worth the wait.

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 Coffeehouse Mysteries–now celebrating nearly fifteen years in print. They also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, which were originally published under their second pseudonym, Alice Kimberly (The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, The Ghost and the Dead Deb, The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library, The Ghost and the Femme Fatale, The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion). Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting

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Tour Participants

October 1 – Babs Book Bistro

October 1 – Community Bookstop

October 2 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies

October 2 – The Montana Bookaholic

October 3 – Socrates’ Book Reviews

October 3 – MJB Reviewers

October 4 – The Avid Reader

October 4 – Mysteries with Character

October 5 – Teresa Trent Author Blog

October 5 – Reading Authors

October 6 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews

October 6 – Island Confidential

October 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy

October 8 – Laura’s Interests

October 8 – My Reading Journeys

October 9 – Rosepoint Publishing

October 9 – A Holland Reads

October 10 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

October 10 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews

October 11 – The Book’s the Thing

October 12 – Brooke Blogs

October 13 – Bookworm Cafe

October 13 – The Editing Pen

October 14 – Moonlight Rendezvous

October 15 – Curling Up by the Fire

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11 thoughts on “The Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller by Cleo Coyle – Blog Tour and Giveaway!

  1. Erika – Thank you so much for helping us welcome Jack and Pen back! We love your review, and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy the stories of our Haunted Bookshop world. We’re already at work on the next book in the series, and we’ll keep everyone posted on the pub date. (We promise it won’t be another ten years!) Cheers for the beautiful post, and…

    Have a Happy Halloween Season, everyone!

    ~ Cleo Coyle

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