After finishing all of Cleo Coyle’s coffeehouse mysteries, I decided to start on another series written by the same authors, but written under a different pen name. Alice Alfonsi and her husband Marc Cerasini co-write both the coffeehouse mysteries as well as the haunted bookshop mysteries. The haunted bookshop mysteries are written under the pen name Alice Kimberly.
The first book in the haunted bookshop mystery series is The Ghost and Mrs. McClure. After the death of Mrs. Penelope McClure’s husband, Penelope decides to use his life insurance money to invest in reviving her elderly aunts bookstore. Penelope and her 9-year-old son, Spenser, move in with her aunt Sadie in the apartment above the bookstore. With fresh ideas, a little remodeling and the purchase of the adjoining building, Penelope and Sadie are hoping for the best.
Along with the adjoining building, Penelope gets more than she bargained for, the resident ghost, PI Jack Shepard. Jack died in the 1940’s in this building and for some unknown reason his spirit never left. Maybe his spirit lingers on because the mystery of his death has never been solved.
In this book Penelope invites a well-known best-selling author to speak in her bookstore. When author, Timothy Brennan collapses and dies before his audience, Jack the resident ghost informs Penelope that it wasn’t from natural causes. He was murdered.
An enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the next book The Ghost and the Dead Deb.