TITLE: THE GHOST AND THE FEMME FATALE
AUTHOR: ALICE KIMBERLY
Details: no. 4 Haunted Bookshop Mystery
After my previous reads I really needed something lighter. And this books fits that description perfectly; it's a fun, light but reasonably well plotted cozy mystery.
The events in this story take place during a Film Noir Festival, with Penelope Thornton-McClure taking care of book sales and signings for the guest speakers.
During the opening night, one of the special guests Hedda Geist, a former actress and famous femme fatale, is nearly killed in an incident that's written of as an accident. Penelope however has her doubts, as does her ghost, Jack Shephard, a P.I. dead since 1949.
When the next day someone does die in Penelope's bookshop, her doubts are confirmed, although the police continue to stick to their unfortunate accidents theory.
Penelope's case in the present has links to a case of Jack's in the past and the two of them set out to solve both cases, but not not before more deaths occur and Penelope finds herself in danger.
A fun book, although at times highly improbable and with one or two holes in the plot. Still, for light relief it was the ideal book.