October 9, 2018

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller by Cleo Coyle - Review and Giveaway


Book details
Paranormal Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Berkley (September 25, 2018) 
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages 
ISBN-10: 0425237451 
ISBN-13: 978-0425237458 
Digital ASIN: B078VX9SNF

Book description
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.

Meet the author - Cleo Coyle
Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries--now celebrating nearly fifteen years in print. They also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, which were originally published under their second pseudonym, Alice Kimberly (The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, The Ghost and the Dead Deb, The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library, The Ghost and the Femme Fatale, The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion). Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com.

Author Links Visit Cleo online: www.coffeehousemystery.com 
Friend Cleo on Facebook:www.Facebook.com/CleoCoyle 
Follow Cleo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cleocoyle/ 

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My thoughts
I really enjoyed going back to this bookstore and to follow along with Pen as she is trying to figure out why people are turning up dead after the bestseller comes out. It is neat how Pen and Jack play off of each other even though Jack is a lively ghost. There was definitely something more to the bestseller than what everyone thought. I could not wait to figure out why the woman was on the cover and who killed her. I always like the style in which this author writes and I loved the twists that kept me guessing until the end. I hope we get to have another book in this series. Worth the read. 


Tour Participants 
October 1 – Babs Book Bistro 
October 1 – Community Bookstop 
October 2 – Mallory Heart's Cozies 
October 2 – The Montana Bookaholic 
October 3 – Socrates' Book Reviews 
October 3 – MJB Reviewers 
October 4 – The Avid Reader 
October 4 – Mysteries with Character 
October 5 – Teresa Trent Author Blog 
October 5 – Reading Authors 
October 6 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews 
October 6 – Island Confidential 
October 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy 
October 8 – Laura's Interests 
October 8 – My Reading Journeys 
October 9 – Rosepoint Publishing 
October 9 – A Holland Reads 
October 10 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews 
October 11 – The Book's the Thing 
October 12 – Brooke Blogs 
October 13 – Bookworm Cafe 
October 13 – The Editing Pen 
October 14 – Moonlight Rendezvous 
October 15 – Curling Up by the Fire


  1. Thank you for your review on "The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller" by Cleo Coyle and for being part of the book tour.

    Really enjoy this author's books and can't wait for the opportunity to read this one. Really like the cover!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Hi, Angela! Just dropping in to thank you sincerely for the review. Marc and I are delighted to know you enjoyed our new Haunted Bookshop Mystery. Cheers for helping us welcome Jack and Pen back.

    Kay, thank you for your kind comment. We're happy to let you know that we're already at work on the next Haunted Bookshop Mystery, and we'll be sure to keep everyone informed on the pub date. (We promise it will not take another ten years to get a new book into your hands.) Thanks again, and...

    Have a Happy Halloween Season!

    ~ Cleo Coyle