Archive for February 22nd, 2007
The Ghost and Mrs. McClure is a fun book for mystery readers â€“ it is set in a mystery bookshop and there are lots of mystery references in the story. Penelope Thornton-McClure is a widow who moved herself and her young son out of New York City and has invested the last of her funds in her auntâ€™s small town mystery bookstore. Desperate to increase the storeâ€™s revenues, they arrange for an appearance by a famous author at the store, only to have him murdered in front of his devoted fans. Now Mrs. McClure is dealing with the headaches of the bookstore, the police (who see her as a prime suspect), and the suddenly talkative ghost who haunts the store. The good news is that the ghost was a private investigator in real life and is determined to get Mrs. McClure off the hook.
The setting is interesting, the characters are good, and the mystery is sort of standard issue, but good. The ghost is what gives this story a boost. Kimberly does a good job of incorporating the ghost of Jack Shepard into the book. Murdered in the bookstore more than fifty years ago, Shepard has been quietly haunting the bookstore ever since. Kimberly does the reader a favor and makes his boundaries clear for us â€“ he is confined to the store, has only been able to communicate with three people (Penelope and two as yet unnamed children), and has limited manifestation abilities. Keeping Shepard from being all-powerful means the other characters have to pull their weight, so Mrs. McClure has handle any investigative work outside the building.
Yes, there are a lot of parallels with that wonderful old movie, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. If you like the movie, you will probably like the book. And Kimberly can keep them coming because she has set up a good foundation for a series. I look forward to reading about the two children Jack was able to communicate with and to solving his murder, too.
Favorite character? Jack Shepard, noir ghost. Did I guess it? Yes. Will I read another? Definitely.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007