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Reader ratings: 6.7
The author of the book: Alice Kimberly
Date of issue: February 2004
ISBN 13: 9780425194614
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 328 KB
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I started out loving this book. I mean, seriously, an unapologetic, 1940s, hard-boiled, ghost detective haunting a thirty-something bookstore owner? I'll take Jack Shepard in my head commenting on my gams any day. I'm probably a huge discredit to my women's studies minor, but there's just something about a guy in a fedora calling you a "doll" that gets me every time.
Sadly, the editing on The Ghost and Mrs. McClure was verging on horrible. The book is told in first person with occasional forays into limited third, from the ghost's point of view. At least once, a third person sentence slipped through in a first-person chapter. Very distracting. There was also a long dream section where the protagonist recounted a conversation she'd just heard to the ghost, who hadn't accompanied her. It was unnecessary and a classic newbie writer's mistake. I'd expect more from Alice Kimberly, who is actually a pen name for Alice Alfonsi and her husband, Marc Cerasini, who also write the Coffeehouse Mystery series as Cleo Coyle. I'm also astonished that these sorts of mistakes made it through to publication in a book that, at the very minimum, has been through the hands of two authors, an agent, and an editor. Disappointing!
Did I mention how much I love Jack, though?
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Read information about the authorMarc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi, a popular husband-and-wife writing team, were born and raised in Pittsburgh, met in New York City, and married in Las Vegas. Together they've authored a number of bestselling books.
As Cleo Coyle, they write The Coffeehouse Mysteries, including the number-one and number-two Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestsellers On What Grounds and Through the Grinder.
As Alice Kimberly, they write The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, including The Ghost and the Dead Deb and the IMBA bestseller The Ghost and Mrs. McClure.
Under their own names they authored 24: The House Special Subcommittee Investigation of CTU, based on the Emmy Award-winning Fox television show 24.
Separately, Mr. Cerasini, who has ghostwritten for Tom Clancy, has authored over thirty books for adults and children, including the New York Times bestseller O.J. Simpson: American Hero, American Tragedy, the original novel Wolverine: Weapon X for Marvel Press, and novelizations based on the films Cinderella Man and AVP: Alien Vs. Predator.
Ms. Alfonsi, a book editor and former newspaper reporter, has written a number of original and media tie-in novels, including the New York Times bestseller Hidden Passions: Secrets from the Diaries of Tabitha Lenox, an original novel based on the offbeat daytime drama Passions.
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