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The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion: 01/10/22
The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion by Alice Kimberly is the fifth in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series. Pen has an elderly shut-in as one of her regular customers. Her latest delivery is late so Pen goes to make the delivery herself and discovers the woman dead, her body on an unusually designed pentagram.
In the reading of the will it's revealed that Seymour Tarnish has inherited the shut-in's mansion. There's just one huge caveat, the place is haunted and tied to possible black magic rituals. Since Pen already knows a ghost, she's willing to believe in the haunting. Jack, the ghost, though, is skeptical.
As with the previous mysteries, the modern day mystery — how did the woman die — is tied with one of Jack's cold cases. How the two tied together was a little harder to sort out. The modern day mystery, though, was fairly straightforward, though still entertaining.
With each book the amount of time the male narrator has to read the parts diminishes. This is a good thing. The woman who reads the majority of the book does far more convincing male voices than he does with female. This time he only reads the prolog.
The sixth book is The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (2018) and is the first one attributed to Cleo Coyle.