Jack Shepard
Created by Alice Kimberly

The ghost wore a fedora.

In the far-from-hardboiled The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, we're introduced to Penelope Thornton-McClure, a single mom and bookstore owner in Quindicott, Rhode Island who discovers, much to her dismay, that her shop is haunted by the ghost of JACK SHEPARD, a private eye murdered on the very spot more than fifty years previously. Which comes in awful handy when a contemporary mystery author Timothy Brennan shows up to plug his new book, and promptly drops dead -- a victim of murder, it soon become clear.

When Jack decides to investigate, he begins by talking to Penelope, who thinks she must be hearing things. But Jack persists, and he and Penelope strike up a rather peculiar but warm relationship (the allusions of the title pun are verey, very intentional).

A well-written and rather charming cozy with affable characters, by most accounts, and a sequel already in the works, the second in the "Haunted Bookshop" series.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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