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.
About the Author
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.
Praise for The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait
An Aunt Agatha’s Best of Year Pick
“UTTERLY CHARMING” —Mystery Scene
“Cleo Coyle has written another knockout cozy-noir hybrid that’s sure to satisfy fans of this TERRIFIC SERIES.” —Criminal Element
"The collision of two cases from different times elevates this haunting tale…” —Kirkus Reviews
"CAPTIVATING...Jack is a perfect match for Pen, and I adore the relationship between them." —Dru Ann Love, award-winning reviewer, Dru's Book Musings
"Another EXTRAORDINARY cozy mystery by Cleo Coyle! This husband and wife writing team brings so much more than a great story to their writing, they also bring you new friends.” —Fresh Fiction
“These books are a WONDERFUL blend of cozy and noir, with great characters and well-plotted mysteries full of twists and turns.” —Kings River Life Magazine
“I loved the combination of the 40’s private eye with the contemporary bookselling universe, as well as a little master class on pulp cover art. The story was light, funny, and well told." —Robin Agnew, award-winning mystery bookseller