Monday, October 3, 2022

The Ghost and the Stolen Tears - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  The Ghost and the Stolen Tears (Haunted Bookshop #8) by Cleo Coyle

Rating: Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Norma is a modern-day nomad. Living out of her van and teardrop trailer, she revels in self-reliance, solitude, and reading in the glorious peace of nature. Jovial, wise, and scrupulously honest, she’s become an uplifting presence in the little town of Quindicott, Rhode Island, where bookseller Pen is thankful to have her part-time help. But it’s Norma’s other job, working as a housekeeper at the Finch Inn, that gets her into terrible trouble. Norma is accused of stealing jewels from a guest’s room: the legendary Valentino Teardrops, an antique necklace and earring set, inherited by a young socialite. Pen doesn’t believe Norma is guilty of the crime—though the evidence is distressingly strong. And when the spirited Norma vanishes before her arrest, Pen turns to another spirit…

Jack Shepard, PI, may have been gunned down decades ago, but his memory hasn’t been ghosted. Back in the 1940s, those same Valentino Teardrops starred in a bizarre case of betrayal and murder. From the look of things, history is about to repeat. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've enjoyed previous books in the series and I love books involving jewel theft. 

My Impression: I really enjoyed this book!  The mystery develops a bit slowly but that doesn't make for a slow read.  Instead there is time for each new piece of the mystery to be investigated and it really hooked me.  

There's so many factors at play.  Just who is Norma?  Who stole the jewelry? How is any of this tied to what happened back in the 1940s?  And just who is the murderer?  All of these questions kept me guessing and I didn't figure it out until the very end.

Pen is a good main character.  She's intelligent and capable.  She has a good relationship with her son and a good support system in town who are good friends and different levels of quirkiness. This is a fun cozy mystery series with an interesting ghost sidekick and a great mystery.  I'm looking forward to the next book and to catching up on earlier books that I haven't read quite yet.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? I would!  I've really enjoyed both series from this author I've read and really need to read more of her books.

Would I Recommend this Book?   If you enjoy cozies with a ghostly edge this is a fun series!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. A modern-day nomad...I wonder what that would be like. This book sounds fun.

  2. I like that the mystery goes back to crimes from the 40s.

  3. This sounds great! I do like it when a mystery has a lot of different questions that need to be answered.

  4. Indeed this seems like it has all the elements I like in a cozy. And I love that cover with the hat seeming to float by!

  5. I read the first one in this series and I want to go back and read more. I enjoyed the first one.