TITLE: THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED MANSION
AUTHOR: ALICE KIMBERLY
Details: no. 5 Haunted Bookshop Mystery
I am enjoying this series. Not that they are especially good mysteries; the reader isn't given enough clues to solve the problem for themselves, but I do like the characters in these books and the interaction between Penelope Thornton-McClure and her ghost, P.I. Jack Shephard.
This story starts with Pen delivering some books to an elderly, reclusive lady who lives in a Victorian mansion which is rumoured to be haunted. When Pen enters the house she finds its occupant dead, and judging by the look on her face she was scared to death.
The police decide that Pen's friend, mailman Seymour Tardish must have murdered the old woman, an impression which is strengtened when it turns out that he is to inherit the mansion.
But Pen knows there must be something else going on and starts her own investigation, which turns out to have close links to a case Jack was investigating in 1947.
And, before long, Jack isn't the only ghost haunting Pen.
As always, a fun read.