It's even better when the amateur sleuth has the help of a detective who remembers the cold case, a ghost who lived that past. In , Jack Shepherd, a private investigator, was tailing the New York City's DA, when he witnessed the death of a movie studio executive. The scandal destroyed actress Hedda Geist's career, when her ex-boyfriend went to prison for killing her married lover, despite the fact that she held the weapon. Sixty years later, when the town of Quindicott, Rhode Island premieres the restored movie theater with a film noir festival, Hedda Geist is a surprise guest of honor.
Bookshop owner, Penelope Thornton-McClure is handling the book sales for the festival. When a speaker falls on stage as Hedda speaks, Pen and Jack suspect it's not an accident. As the bookshop's resident ghost, Jack is more than willing to speak up, and let Penelope know his opinion.
But, when one of the week's guest authors dies in the bookshop, and the police chief claims it's an accident, Jack and Penelope know they have to combine forces to find a killer.
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And, it might be Jack's case of sixty years earlier that is the key. Kimberly's mysteries have a unique blend of elements that combine for stories that are a treat.
The Haunted Bookshop mysteries have cold cases combined with contemporary murder, an amateur sleuth and a hardboiled detective, who happens to be a ghost, and a bookshop. The Ghost and the Femme Fatale has humor, sexual tension, and an enjoyable cast of returning characters. It's hard to go wrong with those ingredients. And, there's nothing wrong with this case that a ghost and a bookstore owner can't figure out.
Alice Kimberly is actually Clea Coyle. Her website is www. ISBN paperback , p. Posted by Lesa at AM. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia lies the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all.
To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving. When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow.
But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines. When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial.
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Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. There's a cat in the stacks Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows librarian Charlie Harris - and his Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash. They also know his former classmate-turned-famous best-selling novelist, Godfrey Priest.
But someone in Athena took Godfrey off the best seller lists - permanently, and with extreme prejudice. Now, Charlie and Diesel must browse through the history section of the town's past to find a killer. When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast.
Since she's never visited the property, Danielle's not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn't expect to find one of the house's previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost 90 years - shouldn't he have moved on by now?
Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death. Caitlyn's world changes when she learns that she was found as an abandoned baby and adopted by her American family. Now, her search for answers takes her to a tiny English village where a man has been murdered - and where a mysterious shop selling enchanted chocolates is home to the "local witch" Soon Caitlyn finds herself fending off a toothless old vampire, rescuing an adorable kitten and meeting handsome aristocrat Lord James Fitzroy The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way.
And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration.follow link
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With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless - and supposedly cursed - copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping. Katherine Hamilton's goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. Fifteen years later she's got a degree in hospitality management and a great job at a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore. Until, that is, the hotel is acquired by a chain, and she's laid off.
When Kate's high school best friend calls with a mysterious invitation to come talk with the town leaders of Asheboro, she agrees to make the trip, curious about where this new opportunity might lead. Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took , she's back to the grind.
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With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet.
With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. Sarah Grayson is the happy proprietor of Second Chance, a charming shop in the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. At the shop she sells used items that she has lovingly refurbished and repurposed. But her favorite pet project so far has been adopting a stray cat she names Elvis.
The big black cat with a scar across his nose turned up at a local bar when the band was playing the King of Rock and Roll's music and hopped in Sarah's truck. Angie Turner hopes her new farm-to-table restaurant can be a fresh start in her old hometown in rural Idaho. But when a goat dairy farmer is murdered, Angie must turn the tables on a bleating black sheep With three weeks until opening night for their restaurant, the County Seat, Angie and her best friend and business partner Felicia are scrambling to line up local vendors - from the farmer's market to the goat dairy farm of Old Man Moss.
Fortunately, the cantankerous Moss takes a shine to Angie, as does his kid goat Precious. Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village! Few can compete with the Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. While Natasha is known for her intricate centerpieces and painstakingly prepared gourmet meals, Sophie likes to keep things simple
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