the ghost and the dead deb by alice kimberly

Posted on December 29, 2008


Help! I’m desperate!

I need to find the rest of the HAUNTED BOOKSHOP series. It’s a matter of sanity.

Yghost-and-dead-debou know how is it is when you’re in love and the love is unrequited? The world turns upside down; you can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t think but the object of your affection?

Well, every minute I spend not reading about Mrs McClure and Private Investigator Jack is unrequited love.

Who would have thought this unprepossessing comfy mystery would have such a hold on me? What’s so special about Penelope Thornton-McClure, co-owner of Buy the Book bookstore in Rhode Island? She’s just someone after all trying to start a new life with seven-year old son after her husband killed himself.

Maybe, it has something to do with Jack… who’s dead by the way. He was killed in the bookstore about 50 years ago. Apparently, he’s stuck there; unable to move on, saying “boo” to customers every now and then all this time. Thank goodness sensitive Mrs McClure shows up!

Now, he has someone to talk to, maybe teach a thing or two about sleuthing to. She needs all the help she can get, what with authors dropping dead in her bookstore. The first was Timothy Brennan, renowned author of the Detective Jack Shield series, based on Jack’s case files.

This time, controversial true-crime author Angel Stark is murdered. McClure’s friends and relatives are maybe involved. To clear them, the lovely widow has to get involved, if she can get some sleuthing done with Jack pestering her about the mystery of his own death.

He goes so far as give her flashbacks of his life (maybe rendered in B&W? It was the 40s, you know.)

Personally, I think why Jack is stuck can wait. It might precipitate his “moving on” and nip a romance in the bud… why between Penelope and Jack. Jack has a crush on her; it’s really so sweet.

Anyway, I’m asking anyone who reads this for help finding the rest of this cozy mystery series: THE GHOST AND MRS MCCLURE, THE GHOST AND THE FEMME FATALE, THE GHOST AND THE DEAD MAN’S LIBRARY, THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED MANSION.

The characters will continue haunting me else.