The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait by Cleo Coyle | Blog Tour | Book Review | Giveaway 

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)

by Cleo Coyle

I am delighted to join the blog tour for The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait by Cleo Coyle today! My thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to join and the review copy!

About The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 4, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0425251861
ISBN-13: 978-0425251867
Digital ASIN: B08274WCLM

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and her gumshoe ghost team up to solve the stunning mystery at the heart of a madwoman’s self-portrait in this all new installment from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

While gathering a collection of vintage book cover paintings for a special event in her quaint Rhode Island bookshop, Penelope discovers a spooky portrait of a beautiful woman, one who supposedly went mad, according to town gossip. Seymour, the local mailman, falls in love with the haunting image and buys the picture, refusing to part with it, even as fatal accidents befall those around it. Is the canvas cursed? Or is something more sinister at work?

For answers, Pen turns to an otherworldly source: Jack Shepard, PI. Back in the 1940s, Jack cracked a case of a killer cover artist, and (to Pen’s relief) his spirit is willing to help her solve this mystery, even if he and his license did expire decades ago.

I Thought…

This is the seventh book in Cleo Coyle's Haunted Bookshop Mystery series and though it was my first instalment I didn't feel at a disadvantage and still found the story absorbing and the characters winsome.

In this cozy mystery, I got to meet bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure. She is preparing for an event to be held at her shop, Buy the Book, and is collecting paintings of vintage book covers. One of the paintings, a portrait of a beautiful woman who he learns is Harriet McClure, an ancestor of Penelope's late husband, has caught the attention of the local postman, Seymour who buys it. The picture, according to the locals is haunted, and when strange occurrences begin happening, and there is a fatal accident, Seymour still hangs on to it. Wondering if the painting is cursed, Pen turns to private investigator and ghost Jack Shepard for help.

Cleo Coyle has a lively writing style that sets the stage for the book with plenty of vivid imagery, making it easy to visualise scenes. The mystery is skillfully woven filled with intersecting stories, past and present and there are clues galore. The characters are expertly created and developed. Pen and Jack make a fascinating sleuthing duo and I could tell that they care about each other. Even though Jack has a rather gruff manner, he clearly has feelings for Pen who is smart, diligent and caring. I was totally invested in the story and reading The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait has given me the desire to check out the rest of this series as well as continuing with Cleo Coyle's other series,  the Coffeehouse Mysteries. A very highly recommended, fun trip to the 1940s for cozy mystery readers. 

Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours, Cleo Coyle and Berkley for a complimentary copy of The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.


Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars

About Cleo Coyle

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the long-running Coffeehouse Mysteries—now celebrating eighteen years in print. They are also authors of the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, previously written under the pseudonym Alice Kimberly. Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also both bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together.

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3 thoughts on “The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait by Cleo Coyle | Blog Tour | Book Review | Giveaway 

  1. Cheers, Brianne! ~ Marc and I are so pleased to know you enjoyed your first trip to our Haunted Bookshop world. Thank you for the lovely review and helping us welcome Jack and Pen back to sleuthing again.

    We are especially pleased that you loved The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait enough to check out the rest of the books in our Haunted Bookshop series. We hope you enjoy every new visit with Jack and Pen and will continue to return to our quirky little town of Quindicott, Rhode Island, for years to come

    Take care, Brianne, and may reading always bring you joy!

    ~ Cleo

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