The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller

  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Release Date: September 25, 2018
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  • GenreCozy
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Book Summary

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.

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner">About The Author</span></span></h2>

CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting Scroll down the left column of the site's Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews and more.

Cleo Coyle

Book Review by Bree Herron

I know that Cleo Coyle will always deliver a great story and mystery.  I love the bookshop setting, Jack and Pen. Though there is more books prior to this one, I wasn’t feeling left out or lost. I think that is a testament to the author, no matter the series or where you start, you will fit right in.


Pen and Jack have chemistry that flies off the pages. Only the problem is Jack is a ghost, but being a ghosting sleuth means no one will find him. I love that these two work so well with each other. It was easy to fall into step with these two and be a part of the “dream” team.

Enjoyable Moments

I am a sucker for titled chapters and these were themed! Oh, I love a good theme. I really loved the case in this book. It was different and had a flair of drama to it.


I think anyone could easily pick this book up and enjoy it. The book’s characters make you feel right at home within the pages of this mystery. Recommending this book is easy, and I encourage mystery fans to pick up this page turner.

I Rate it

Tell me would this be the first book in the series for you as well? If not what has been your favorite thus far?

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

<h2><span class="inner">Giveaway</span></h2>

Commenting to the question above will have you entered to win a copy. Comments by 10/31/18 will be counted towards the giveaway.

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  1. johnna smith

    Love this series and have read all of them up to this newest one. My favorite is a toss up between Dead Deb and Haunted Mansion

  2. Karen Mercer

    This would be my first book in this series. I would love to read!

  3. Jill Broussard

    This would be the first in this series for me. Looking forward to reading it. Thankyou for the opportunity!


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