THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED MANSION
The latest novel in Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop mystery series is lighthearted and fun. The ghost of a gumshoe P.I. from the 1940s makes a unique and entertaining sidekick. Conversations between Penelope, a bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, and Jack's ghost keep the humor rolling. However, the pace slows too much during Penelope's reflections, and the portrayed incompetence of the police becomes a bit old after a while.
When Penelope McClure finds the body of an elderly customer, she suspects foul play. Her friend Seymour Tarnish, the mail carrier, is brought in for questioning because Penelope saw him fleeing the scene, but the misunderstanding is soon cleared up despite the bungled handling of the situation by the police.
However, when Seymour inherits the elderly lady's mansion, Penelope wonders if there is more to the story. And the mailman isn't the only suspect. A number of questions surround Miss Todd's death, and Penelope is determined to find justice for her former customer. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Jan., 281 pp., $7.99)