Wow, it's the first of October!!! Almost time to start some festive reads, which makes me very happy. First though I like to spend a little time picking out some haunting reads, I'll read a spooky book any time but I can't deny I love a good ghost story around Halloween.
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Penelope Thornton-McClure and her elderly Aunt Sadie are just managing to make ends meet at their little bookstore in Rhode Island so when top author Timothy Brennan asks to hold a book signing at this quaint little shop it seems like an excellent publicity opportunity. The evening though doesn't go according to plan when the author drops dead, it looks like murder and Penelope is on the suspect list. All this and she has to deal with Jack - a ghost of a hard-boiled PI who met his end in the bookshop or just a delusion of Penelope's stressed-out mind?
Firstly I have to get one irritating point off my chest that should have been picked up before publishing. The narration slips from first person to third person and then back to first person, on more than one occasion. I'm not going to linger on this point but it was off putting and threw me off the thread of the story for a while.
There were a couple of moments in the book which I felt were out of context. It didn't spoilt my enjoyment but it felt almost as if the author changed their mind on what direction they wanted a particular scene to take.
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This is not a heavy gritty crime novel, it's a cozy murder mystery and a light-hearted story with a typical gum-shoe character as the PI and a 30-something widow trying to do the best for her son and business. If you take it as it is, it's an enjoyable easy read.
There are 5 more novels in this series and I'm looking forward to seeing how Penelope and Jack's relationship progresses.
This was my fourteenth book this year which means I am one book away from completing my challenge of fifteen books for this year.
Bookworm Blessings. x