THE GHOST AND THE FEMME FATALE
Book 4 of the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Read on the recommendation of
Michelle (will lend it to you next time we meet). First read of 2009(!).
Pen McClure's bookshop is haunted by the ghost of Private Investigator
Jack Shepard, who was murdered there more than half a century ago.
Together they investigate and solve crimes in a small town in Rhode
Island, as in this installment when guests of the town's Film Noir
Festival get killed off one by one.
This was an easy read, like
reading a young adult or a romance novel, but I found it just okay. I
probably would have appreciated it more had I started from Book 1
(sadly, books in the series are unavailable at BookMooch and difficult
to chance upon at BookSale). I like the chemistry between main
characters Pen and Jack, and the dream travel back to Jack's world of
1940's Manhattan. However, the mystery is just your average
run-of-the-mill mystery in which the clue that ties all clues together
is revealed only at the end so the reader can't really guess whodunit
(unless she's paranoid and suspects everyone).
I wouldn't mind reading more from this series, but I'm not exactly scrambling to get my hands on them ASAP.