James (katsurian) wrote,

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure

I just finished the first book, The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, in the haunted bookshop series by Alice Kimberly. I rate it a 7.
Young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure and her old Aunt Sadie are making ends meet by managing a mystery bookshop - a quaint Rhode Island landmark rumored to be haunted. Pen may not believe in ghosts, but she does believe in good publicity - like nabbing Timothy Brennan for a book signing. But soon after the bestselling thriller writer reveals a secret about the store's link to a 1940s murder, he keels over dead - and right in the middle of the store's new Community Events space.
Who gives Mrs. McClure the first clue that it was murder? The bookstore's full-time ghost - a PI murdered on the very spot more than fifty years ago. Is he a figment of Pen's overactive imagination? Or is the oddly likable fedora-wearing specter the only hope Pen has to solve the crime? You can bet your everlasting life on it...

I really enjoyed this first book in a series that was recommended from someone in mrebuff. I now have a desire to go watch the old movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir which seems to be where the author got the idea for the book. Rex Harrison played the ghost Captain, Gene Tierney was Mrs. Muir, and Natalie Wood was her daughter.
This is 12/100 mystery authors

This is crossposted to katsurian, mrebuff,bookreports
Tags: 2006, alice kimberly

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