Monday, May 8, 2023

The Ghost Goes to the Dogs - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: The Ghost Goes to the Dogs (Haunted Bookshop Mystery #9) by Cleo Coyle

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

Description:  Pet Mystery Week brings brisk business to Penelope’s Rhode Island bookshop, but a real mystery comes barking at her door when a lost dog turns up in a panic. Pen and her son Spencer follow the furry fugitive to a wooded area where the dog’s owner lies unconscious. Mrs. Cunningham is a warm-hearted widow who volunteers at the animal shelter and runs Buy the Book’s pet lovers book club. Why would anyone shoot such a sweet soul?

The police believe it’s an accident, a shot by a careless deer hunter, but Pen remains skeptical. To straighten out this doggone mess, she whistles for the ghost of PI Jack Shepard, an expert in hounding as well as haunting. Jack has a dog story of his own, a case from the 1940s that may help Pen sniff out clues to her present predicament. Yet even with Jack’s hard-boiled help, Pen may not be able to stop the killer from striking again or letting this whole case go to the dogs...

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've liked the previous books in the series I've read and this one involves dogs so how could I resist?

My Impression:   This is an interesting series.  Single mother Pen is raising her son while running a bookstore with her Aunt Sadie and stumbling into murders periodically.  That's a fairly straightforward premise for a cozy mystery series but what makes this series a bit different is the ghost of the PI from the 1940s who helps Pen investigate and periodically helps her visit post-war New York to help her figure out the modern day cases while looking into ones that he has already solved.  

I liked that Pen's son Spencer was such a big part of this book as he took care of the victim's dog.  The dog element in both modern day and the 1940s mystery added a bit of fun.  The mystery was solid right from the beginning with some misdirection and a lot of questions.  

This is a fun series - a bit bookish, a bit ghostly and very entertaining.  I'm looking forward to going back and reading the first few books and will definitely be grabbing the next book in Pen and Jack's adventures.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Definitely!  I have really enjoyed all the books by this author that I have read in several different series and am looking forward to reading more of her books.

Would I Recommend this Book?   If you enjoy bookish cozy mysteries than this a series you should definitely try!

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


  1. Bookstores, ghosts and dogs? What's not to love! :D

  2. I love this author. I really need to catch up on her books.

  3. You had me at the ghost PI.... now i want to read them!

  4. This has a lot of elements I like - ghost, mother/son, dog etc. And then of course the mystery.