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The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait By Cleo Coyle: Review/Giveaway

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Details at the end of the post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a fun tote bag. We also have links to purchase the book from Amazon and an indie bookstore.

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait
is the seventh book in Cleo Coyle’s Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. The series features bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and the ghost of 1940s private detective Jack Shephard.

Penelope’s store is having an exhibit of original cover art. Together with two of her friends, mailman and Jeopardy! Champion Seymour Tarnish and literature professor J. Brainert Parker, she goes to pick up a shipment of the art from collector Walt Waverly. The exhibit is centered around an art book celebrating the history of American book covers, and the launch party will feature Walt’s extensive collection. Walt is happy to share his collection and to add price tags to it should any curious attendees want to take pieces home.

While picking up the art, Seymour becomes obsessed with another piece depicting Harriet McClure, a distant relative of Pen’s by marriage as well as a local recluse well-known for her many self-portraits. This particular portrait stands out for being a rare picture of Harriet in her youth. Seymour is determined to purchase it despite claims that it is haunted and possibly cursed. When Walt is found dead the next morning, and Seymour is later attacked in his home, they begin to wonder if the painting might really be cursed, and possibly even haunted. There was another buyer interested in the painting, and Pen wonders if that person might be behind the violence.

Jack recognizes the model in another one of the paintings and takes Pen with him in her dreams to show her what happened in the past to the model, who was also murdered. Together they solve Walt’s murder and discover the mystery behind the haunted portrait.

These books are a wonderful blend of cozy and noir, with great characters and well-plotted mysteries full of twists and turns. I adore Jack and it’s fun to travel back in time to his world, but also be able to enjoy a modern mystery in the same book. Even though I jumped into the middle of this series, I don’t feel lost, and I look forward to the time when I can go back and read the rest of the series. Cleo Coyle is one of my favorite mystery authors and she never disappoints!

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1 Glen Davis June 19, 2021 at 10:29am

Sounds interesting! Haunted portraits abound. Count me in!

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2 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:37pm

Hi, Glen — Belated thanks for the fun comment. We hope you get a chance to visit our Haunted Bookshop world one day. It’s a fun place to visit, we can tell you! Take care and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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3 Sally Schmidt June 19, 2021 at 12:42pm

Love this series, and who couldn’t use another tote! Thanks for the chance.

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4 Maureen Marcotte July 1, 2021 at 9:09pm

This is such a great series!!! We all love Jack!!!

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5 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:41pm

Hi, Maureen — Cheers for the kind comment. And, believe me, Jack loves you back. 🙂 — Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the contest.

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6 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:40pm

Hi, Sally – Glad to know you’re a fan of Jack and Pen. And yes we do love our tote bags these days! Good luck in the contest. xoxo

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7 Alicia June 19, 2021 at 8:24pm

A really neat series. The time travel dreams are so much fun.

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8 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:42pm

Hi, Alicia – Thank you so much for the comment. Glad to know you’re enjoying the books and the time travel aspect, especially. Marc and I have a great deal of fun sending modern Penny back to Jack’s 1940s New York. More to come in the series. We’re already working on next year’s book. Good luck in the contest and please do keep reading…and keep in touch!

~ Cleo

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9 Cherie J June 19, 2021 at 11:34pm

Sounds great! I love a cozy with a touch of the paranormal in it.

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10 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:45pm

Hi, Cherie – Glad to know you’re a fan of cozy’s with a bit of paranormal. That’s exactly what we’re writing. Our readers tell us they enjoy our ghost Jack especially. We hope you get a chance to enter or Haunted Bookshop world one day. Until then, take care and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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11 Cheryl Stoeser June 20, 2021 at 6:22am

Sounds good, thanks for the drawing

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12 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:45pm

Thank you, Cheryl! Good luck!

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13 Laini
Twitter: @Laini
June 20, 2021 at 7:01am

Captivating series and Jack is very special.

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14 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:47pm

Thank you so much, Laini, so kind of you. (And Jack will enjoy that compliment.) Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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15 Wendy Harrison June 20, 2021 at 7:52am

This series is new to me, and after listening to the excerpt from the podcast, I can’t wait to dive in. It’s a blend of cozy and noir that promises to be a real treat.

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16 Sue Stoner
Twitter: @Sue
June 20, 2021 at 4:17pm

This sounds like a fun read.

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17 Riley June 21, 2021 at 5:11am

Gotta love the idea of a cover art exhibit. Who isn’t guilty of judging a book by its cover?!
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18 Allyson Abu-Hajar
Twitter: @Bookdevotee2020
June 21, 2021 at 5:33am

I love a book with paranormal aspects. How fun that an old picture is believed to be cursed or haunted. Old pictures have that quality about them that add a spookiness to them, so I think a cursed photo is a perfect background for a mystery. How fun to travel back in time to witness events as they unfold. Thank you for the chance.

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19 shannon leonetti June 21, 2021 at 6:48am

What a great story line…I would love to win a copy of The ghost and the Haunted Portrait – a new author to me. Thanks!

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20 Autumn Trapani
Twitter: @Autumn
June 21, 2021 at 6:54am

This series is on my TBR. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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21 Wendy June 21, 2021 at 9:11am

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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22 Jana Leah B
Twitter: @Jana
June 21, 2021 at 11:33am

Pen & Jack make a great team!

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23 Dianne Casey June 21, 2021 at 11:35am

Another great book from Cleo Coyle. Would really love to read.

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24 Donamae June 21, 2021 at 2:49pm

Thank you for the chance ? Jack is back! Yay! I missed Jack?

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25 Louise Nees July 2, 2021 at 3:10pm

I really enjoy this series.
Lou817b

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26 Sharon Braswell
Twitter: @SharonBraswell1
June 21, 2021 at 4:22pm

I was hooked with the word ghost in the title and your review! I’m new to the author but I will check out her other books now. I’d love to win and meet Jack and I also love that he can take Pen in her dreams with him to solve mysteries. How unique! Thank you!

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27 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:52pm

Hi, Sharon – Just wanted to jump in and thank you for the comment. Good luck in the contest. Either way, Marc and I hope you’ll get a chance to enter our Haunted Bookshop world. It’s a fun place to visit and readers have fallen in love with our ghost Jack. We hope you will too. Take care!

~ Cleo

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28 Renee
Twitter: @DrReneeCCo
June 21, 2021 at 7:02pm

Love everything Cleo Cole writes. This series is great…and I’m very pleased it came back to life!

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29 Brenda Ellis
Twitter: @Brenda
June 22, 2021 at 10:20am

I love this series and am so glad that Jack and Pen are back.

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30 Brenda L Gallop June 22, 2021 at 11:26am

I am thrilled Jack is back helping Pen solve another mystery.

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31 Janine Fish June 22, 2021 at 2:11pm

I love this series. I’m so glad there is a new book out.

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32 Fortney, Sally
Twitter: @Sally
June 22, 2021 at 2:21pm

I’m new to this series. Thanks for the chance.

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33 STEPHANIE A HAUSSLER June 22, 2021 at 2:26pm

I LOVE this series!! Such a great story and the characters are excellent!

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34 Terry Buckmore June 22, 2021 at 2:51pm

Sounds really good. Looking forward to reading it.

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35 Deb Forbes
Twitter: @dforb
June 22, 2021 at 3:22pm

I love this series. I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance. The ice cream sounds yummy too

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36 Karen J McKenzie McAdoo June 22, 2021 at 8:50pm

Such a great series! And so much fun to read. That tote is cool–would come in handy!

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37 Janet niesing June 22, 2021 at 9:23pm

Wow thank you fir all of this! I can’t wait to try your recipe for no churn coffee ice cream ! And…,love to you and Marc and of course Jack!

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38 Jess D June 23, 2021 at 2:42am

I love stories with a ghost! Thanks for the chance.

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39 B June 23, 2021 at 4:38am

I love this series. So excited to read this one! Thanks for the chance!!!

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40 Vonnie Jeffers
Twitter: @Vonjeffers
June 23, 2021 at 6:07am

Thank you for the chance! I love all your books.??

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41 Cheryl A Phillips June 23, 2021 at 6:58am

I love this series!

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42 Karen Barnett June 23, 2021 at 8:36am

Sounds terrific! Thanks so much. 🙂

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43 Barb June 23, 2021 at 8:57am

Love haunted bookstores. Would love ? to read.

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44 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
June 23, 2021 at 1:30pm

I love this author and both of their series. So glad a new book has been released. I’ve missed Pen and Jack.

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45 Linda Semler June 23, 2021 at 3:17pm

Thank you for this generous opportunity!!

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46 Esther Pawlowicz June 23, 2021 at 3:34pm

Looking forward to reading your new book. Best when on your success ? ?

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47 Cynthia Blain June 23, 2021 at 7:48pm

I started out with Cleo and Marc’s Coffeehouse series and when I found this secon series I was thrilled! In these stories I simply love the character of Jack. Pen and the supporting characters are written so wonderfully well and the stories run so smoothly while you are trying to solve the crime along with the resident ghost. It’s such a unique premise in this series and I’ve been hooked since book 1 and just wondering how each book can top the one before but they always do! I can’t wait to read another best seller from two of my favorite writers! Congratulations to Cleo and Marc!

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48 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:58pm

Hi, Cynthia – Thank you so much for your longstanding support of our work! You have been a real “doll,” so say Jack! And you know Jack and Pen have been so much fun to write, especially when kind readers like you have made the experience such a pleasure. We’re already at work on the next Jack and Pen adventure, and we hope you enjoy that too. Cheers for the kind note and good luck in the contest! xoxo

~ Cleo

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49 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
June 23, 2021 at 10:09pm

I am a huge fan of Cleo Coyles! Congrats on a new book!

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50 Sandy Garvey June 24, 2021 at 11:24am

So glad Jack and Penny are back. I’ve missed them and would love to win the book and tote. Thank you!

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51 Connie Reynolds June 25, 2021 at 3:11pm

I love Cleo Coyle. Never a disappointing read.

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52 Michelle Jenkins June 26, 2021 at 8:21am

Can’t wait to read, love going back to the beginning it’s like hanging out with old friends!

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53 Terry Buckmore June 27, 2021 at 5:55am

Great prize package. the book looks really good.

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54 Sara M G July 1, 2021 at 3:23pm

I am just about to re-read the Coffeehouse Mysteries Series, I haven’t gotten a chance to read any of the Haunted Bookshop series yet, but hopefully soon!

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55 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:59pm

Hi, Sara – Just jumping in to thank you for the Coffeehouse love. Marc and I hope you get a chance to visit our Haunted Bookshop world, too. Readers tell us they’ve fallen in love with our ghost Jack. We hope you will, too. Take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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56 Diane Telford June 28, 2021 at 2:29pm

Love your books and now I have to try your coffee ice cream….thank you for being you…

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57 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:00pm

Diane – you’re a sweetheart. What a lovely comment, thank you! xoxo

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58 Debbie Cleveland June 29, 2021 at 6:00pm

Read and enjoyed it !

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59 Barbara Buser June 29, 2021 at 7:09pm

Finished tonight. I’ll miss Pen and friends until the next one. Jack, see you in my dreams.

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60 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:49pm

Thank you, Barbara, so happy to know you enjoyed it! Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest. xoxo

~ Cleo

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61 Jeanne July 1, 2021 at 1:27pm

I could not figure where to sign up winning a copy of your book. I have read most t of your books an in my mid eighties and hope I can enjoy more. Thank you

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62 Peg Fragale July 1, 2021 at 1:32pm

Would finally love to win this giveaway. It certainly is my type of book and I just love totes. Thank you

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63 Janet Buttram
Twitter: @Janet
July 1, 2021 at 1:34pm

Can’t wait to read this one. A unique idea.

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64 Margo Sue July 1, 2021 at 1:34pm

Love this series. Thanks for the opportunity.

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65 Marilyn L Jones
Twitter: @Marilyn
July 1, 2021 at 1:39pm

This like a great book! Thanks for all you do for us loyal readers!

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66 Judy Rhodes
Twitter: @JudyRhodes
July 1, 2021 at 1:39pm

I love your books. They are absolutely the best.

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67 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:02pm

Thank you, Judy, that is very kind of you! Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest. xoxo

~ Cleo

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68 Tammie Gunter July 1, 2021 at 1:42pm

Sounds like a great new book, Debbie and I buy them and we swap. Would love to win the new one so I can share it with her.

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69 Pattie Lally
Twitter: @Pattie
July 1, 2021 at 1:46pm

Can’t wait to start this series. I love the Coffeehouse mysteries, so I’m sure that I will love these!! I also need a new tote!! Thanks Cleo!!

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70 Holly Stover
Twitter: @HollyStover6
July 1, 2021 at 1:50pm

I absolutely love this series and so original!

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71 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:02pm

Thank you, Holly, your kind words are much appreciated. Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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72 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:04pm

Thank you so much, Holly. Marc and I appreciate your kind words. (And, of course, so does Jack! :)) Take care, happy reading, and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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73 Isaura July 1, 2021 at 1:51pm

Finding this box was a mystery in itself! Hope it’s the right one to qualify me for contest??
I’m really glad to see this new book. It’s sounds both intriguing and delightful. I’ve enjoyed the previous ones and especially like all the unexpected twists and turns

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74 SANDRA July 1, 2021 at 1:51pm

Love paranormal books and Jack and Pen. Always a great murder mystery. Can’t wait to read.

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75 Karen Carter
Twitter: @Ksc1964
July 1, 2021 at 1:52pm

I love Cleo’s coffeehouse mysteries and want to start this one in the coming weeks. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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76 SHERRI BEDER July 1, 2021 at 1:53pm

This series is great! We all need a Jack in our lives.

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77 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:05pm

And Jack would agree with you, Sherri! Cheers for the lovely comment, and good luck in the contest, too. xoxo

~ Cleo

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78 susan hahaj July 1, 2021 at 1:53pm

can’t wait to read! such a good author 🙂 🙂

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79 Jenny July 1, 2021 at 1:55pm

Loved the new book

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80 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:06pm

Thank you, Jenny (and Jack thanks you, too) xoxo

~ Cleo

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81 Victoria Howard
Twitter: @VictoriaH1962
July 1, 2021 at 1:57pm

Sounds great! I’m in!!!

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82 Antonette Nyman
Twitter: @antonette_nyman
July 1, 2021 at 1:58pm

The only thing better than books about Jack and Penn are the coffee house books. These books are fun and interesting from beginning to end. Always waiting for the next one!

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83 Michael Patterson July 1, 2021 at 2:01pm

I love all Cleo’s books. Read them all, and mom read them as well. I want the new one. Books keep he reading. Thank you.

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84 Helen Hartman
Twitter: @Helen
July 1, 2021 at 2:01pm

Can’t wait to read it, this is a great series and so much fun!

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85 Faith Asdell July 1, 2021 at 2:05pm

Was sooo nice to have Jack back!! Now waiting for the next one!
Love this series.

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86 Diane Deptula July 1, 2021 at 2:06pm

I really enjoy reading this series of books. I am anxiously awaiting my library to get a copy of it soon. Thanks!

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87 Cynthia Bartok July 1, 2021 at 2:08pm

Love the juxtaposition of present and past in one book! Love cozy mysteries! Thanks for the raffle!

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88 Carol Brusegar
Twitter: @carolbrusegar
July 1, 2021 at 2:08pm

This looks like a great book. I’ve only read one in this series; just checked another after seeing this one coming. I’ve read all of the Coffeehouse Mysteries; time to catch up with this series!

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89 Lydia Wiley July 1, 2021 at 2:08pm

Love the Coffee series.

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90 bn100
Twitter: @Lysette
July 1, 2021 at 2:11pm

Sounds interesting

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91 Gail A Wisehart
Twitter: @fevergirl56
July 1, 2021 at 2:11pm

I would love to spend the holiday reading one of your books and trying out a new recipe while everyone is out to the fireworks’

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92 Angelia Johnson
Twitter: @Angelia
July 1, 2021 at 2:14pm

I loved the book. I got it on audible. Can’t wait to get the next installment.

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93 Patti Smith July 1, 2021 at 2:15pm

Love all your books, Cleo! Thanks for the giveaway.

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94 bn100
Twitter: @Lysette
July 1, 2021 at 2:16pm

interesting book

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95 Diana Felgenhauer July 1, 2021 at 2:19pm

This is a new series for me and one I can’t wait to start. Thanks for the chance to win.

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96 Lori Plummer July 1, 2021 at 2:19pm

I can’t wait to read the new one! Thanks for the informative review and contest offer!

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97 Julie Waldron July 1, 2021 at 2:19pm

I haven’t read any books from the series yet. It sounds like a fun read, combining ghosts and my favorite genre cozy mystery!

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98 Cheryl July 1, 2021 at 2:20pm

Very entertaining!

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99 Nancy Fuller July 1, 2021 at 2:20pm

Love all the Cleo Could books! Everyone is a fun read.

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100 Derek Miller July 1, 2021 at 2:24pm

Sounds good, it is going to have to go on the list of to read next.

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101 Brenda Schillaci July 1, 2021 at 2:25pm

I especially loved the ending of this book. I’m also excited to find a new podcast to listen to!

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102 Andrea Stoeckel
Twitter: @rokinrev
July 1, 2021 at 2:30pm

If Cleo wrote cereal boxes I’d read them. I love Jack and Pen

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103 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:07pm

LOL, Andrea, thank you so much! xoxo

~ Cleo

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104 Ylia Perez
Twitter: @Ylia
July 1, 2021 at 2:34pm

i mean I love Cleo Coyle. She is definitely my favorite author. Just waiting for her books to be made into movies on the Hallmark Channel!!

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105 Laura Wingfield July 1, 2021 at 2:36pm

I loved this mystery and I love the series. I missed it when she wasn’t writing it but enjoyed her other series a great deal too. The characters are quirky and fun.

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106 Sherrie Wood July 1, 2021 at 2:37pm

Sounds interesting. Count me in. I love your other series and have either bought the books or receive them from the library.

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107 Earl July 1, 2021 at 2:41pm

Some writers you know will deliver every time.

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108 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:08pm

What a nice comment, thank you, Earl! xoxo

~ Cleo

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109 Gay Prewett
Twitter: @Gay
July 1, 2021 at 2:41pm

All of the books are great reading! Can’t wait to read this one, and very happy to enter the contest.

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110 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:09pm

Thank you so much, Gay, much appreciated. Good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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111 Cindy Lichtstein July 1, 2021 at 2:42pm

Love all of your books!

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112 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:53pm

Thank you, Cindy! We are delighted to know it. xoxo

~ Cleo

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113 Susie Hileman July 1, 2021 at 2:43pm

So excited for the chance to win. Love love love the books

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114 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:52pm

Thank you, Susie, and we love you for saying so!! Sending our author love right back to you. xoxo

~ Cleo

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115 Kathi Benchley July 1, 2021 at 3:03pm

Excited to see another book in this series!

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116 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:51pm

Hi, Kathi — We’re excited that *you’re* excited, and we hope you get a chance to read the new entry. THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT was great fun for us to write and the time slips of Jack taking Pen back to the 1940s are especially entertaining. We hope you’ll agree. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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117 Bonita Balding July 1, 2021 at 3:16pm

Thank You for this chance – love your books!!

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118 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:48pm

Cheers, Bonia, thank you for the reader love. Marc and I (and Jack and Pen) send our own love right back to you. xoxo

~ Cleo

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119 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:49pm

Please forgive my typo, Bonita << got it right this time. Cheers and good luck on the contest. xoxo

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120 Melissa A Vatter-Miller July 1, 2021 at 3:17pm

You keep em’ coming! All the books and series from Cleo Coyle are fabulous! So energized to delve into this! My students have succumbed to Coyle’s magic. When teaching creative writing, I use these series as role models for writing with passion. Thanks guys!!!

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121 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:47pm

What a beautiful comment. Thank you so much, Melissa. We are honored to know you are seeing good things in our work to share with your talented students. Please send them our very best wishes in finding their own creative joy. xoxo

~ Cleo

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122 patricia longley July 1, 2021 at 3:21pm

great books

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123 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:39pm

aw, thanks, Patricia, much appreciated!

~ Cleo

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124 Tammy Long July 1, 2021 at 3:24pm

A great big thank you for all you do. I love reading now due to your fantastic books. Hugs!

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125 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:37pm

Oh, Tammy, you made our day. What a lovely comment. Thank *you* for the inspiration. Marc and I are have a great time writing our Haunted Bookshop and Coffeehouse worlds and it’s made even better when we hear from kind readers like you. Sending spirited hugs and caffeinated kisses right back to you. Take care, keep in touch, and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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126 Cathy Eckert July 1, 2021 at 3:24pm

Cozy and noir nailed it to describe this series! Jack and Pen are the perfect team and I have loved all their adventures together. I also have read and reread all the Coffeehouse mysteries and I have to say that it only gets better with time.

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127 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 11:36am

Thank you, Cathy, and we agree with the cozy-noir blend description. It fits what we’re doing in our Haunted Bookshop world, which is offbeat and quirky and (we hope) loveable and fun. We’re looking forward to a new book in our Coffeehouse series, as well. HONEY ROASTED will be out in January and we linked to it below for anyone who’d like to learn more about our other mystery series. Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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128 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 11:37am

HONEY ROASTED (link below)…
A recent post from Cleo Coyle: #19 Honey Roasted by Cleo CoyleMy Profile

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129 Nancy July 1, 2021 at 3:26pm

I have read several books in this series and enjoyed them. I am sure this one is great, too!

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130 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 11:19am

Hi, Nancy — Thanks for stopping by and we hope you get a chance to read THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. The time slips of Jack taking Pen back to the 1940s are especially entertaining in this entry. And the story that takes place in Quindicott with our quirky townsfolk has some fine twists, especially at the end!

~ Cleo

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131 Diane O Conley
Twitter: @Diane
July 1, 2021 at 3:30pm

This is my favorite storyline. Can not wait for the next book. I would recommend it to anyone and start from book 1.

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132 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 11:17am

Hi, Diane — So nice to know you’re enjoying our Jack and Pen Haunted Bookshop stories. I’m glad to tell you that Marc and I are already working on next year’s entry, and we’ll have more news soon that book. In the meantime, we hope everyone will enjoy THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. With mysteries past and present to solve, Jack and Pen are in rare form. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on the contest!

~ Cleo

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133 Patrice Malena
Twitter: @patricenp
July 1, 2021 at 3:32pm

Something very direct from Cleo Coyle. Sounds different & exciting!

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134 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 11:07am

Hi, Patrice – Thank you! Marc and I are glad to know you’re intrigued by our series premise. We hope you get the chance to open the door to our Haunted Bookshop world one day. Jack and Pen are great fun to write, and their sleuthing adventures (past and present) are indeed a sidestep from the usual, but then we are an offbeat couple ourselves. Cheers and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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135 Diane DelCampo
Twitter: @milomom
July 1, 2021 at 3:32pm

Oh yass! My favorite author does it again.

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136 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 11:03am

aw, thanks, Diane! Sending author love your way. xoxo

~ Cleo

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137 Joann Hunter
Twitter: @Joann
July 1, 2021 at 3:32pm

I’m so excited. I love this series as well as your coffee house series!

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138 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 11:02am

Hi, Joann — Thank you so much for your kind enthusiasm. Marc and I sincerely appreciate it! We are already at work on a new Haunted Bookshop Mystery (coming next year) and Clare and Company will be back on the job in January in our new Coffeehouse Mystery, HONEY ROASTED. I linked to it below for anyone who’d like to learn more. In the meantime, take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo
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139 Laurel Cagle
Twitter: @Laurel
July 1, 2021 at 3:34pm

Love your Books! Can’t wait to read the next book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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140 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 11:01am

Hi, Laurel — Cheers for the reader love. Marc and I send our author-love right back to you. If you haven’t yet read THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT, we hope you get the chance one day. It’s a fun mystery and Jack and Pen make a great sleuthing team (in the past and the present). Take care and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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141 Emily Goehner
Twitter: @EMpTyG66
July 1, 2021 at 3:35pm

I love Jack and Pen and would love to win this bag!!

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142 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:59am

Thanks for the Jack and Pen love, Emily! They send theirs right back to you. Cheers for stopping by and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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143 Marci Watts July 1, 2021 at 3:36pm

This sounds so fun! I love all the books from this author and can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

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144 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:58am

Hi, Marci — THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT was a great deal of fun for Marc and I to write. Jack and Pen make a great sleuthing team, and we hope you get a chance to read the story of their mysteries, past and present. The time slips of Jack taking Pen into his 1940s past are especially entertaining. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on the contest!

~ Cleo

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145 Julie McDonough July 1, 2021 at 3:40pm

This sounds so good! Thank you for the chance.

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146 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:55am

You’re welcome, Julie, and I hope you get a chance to visit our Haunted Bookshop world one day. My husband and I love writing the Jack and Pen mysteries. They make a great sleuthing duo and they’re just plain fun to read. Take care and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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147 Caroline A Jurosky
Twitter: @Caroline
July 1, 2021 at 4:00pm

Love both of the series! Can’t wait to read the latest.

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148 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:53am

Hi, Caroline — We’re so glad to know you’re enjoying our mysteries. Marc and I hope you get a chance to read our latest Jack and Pen adventure. THE GHOST AND THE HAUTNED PORTRAIT was a great deal of fun to write and the past and present mysteries keep Jack and Pen on their sleuthing toes. Thanks for the kind comment and good luck!

~ Cleo

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149 Ann R July 1, 2021 at 4:00pm

Love Cleo Coyle mystery books!

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150 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:50am

Thank you so much, Ann!

~ Cleo

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151 Jackie Wisherd July 1, 2021 at 4:00pm

I love the old noir movies on tv and I am sure I would enjoy reading this book.

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152 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:38am

Hi, Jackie — Marc and I love the noir films, too, and we hope you get a chance to visit our Haunted Bookshop world one day. We think you’ll enjoy it, especially the time slips to the 1940s. Take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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153 Jackie Goodman July 1, 2021 at 4:03pm

Love all of your books!

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154 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:37am

Thank you kindly, Jackie. Marc and I sincerely appreciate that, and we wish you luck in the contest. Cheers!

~ Cleo

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155 Denise Morgan July 1, 2021 at 4:09pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

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156 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:36am

You’re very welcome, Denise, good luck!

~ Cleo

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157 PJ Gaumond July 1, 2021 at 4:13pm

New author for me, the book sounds so good.

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158 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:19am

Hi, PJ — Happy to know KRL and Lorie have opened the door to our Haunted Bookshop world for you. We hope you walk through that door one day for a visit. Jack and Pen have wonderful sleuthing adventures (past and present), and we always have fun writing their stories. Take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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159 Katie July 1, 2021 at 4:19pm

Would you call this Noir?

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160 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:12am

Hi, Katie — Our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries are a blend of cozy mystery with aspects of noir layered in. Jack is the ghost of a PI from the 1940s and his hardboiled outlook contrasts with bookseller Penelope’s modern more polite views. Sone have described our writing as cozy with an edge. All of our books carry substantial mysteries (that we take seriously) along with some suspense but with plenty of character-driven humor and loveable characters. We hope you get a chance to read our books one day. Until then, take care and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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161 Mary Holshouser July 1, 2021 at 4:27pm

I’ve read the book but I would
love the tote bag. I’ll pass the
book on to my local library so
others can enjoy it already.
It is an interesting series.
thanks
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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162 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:07am

Hi, Mary – Thanks for dropping by and entering. Good luck and cheers for supporting our work. Marc and I appreciate it!

~ Cleo

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163 Sharon Forrest July 1, 2021 at 4:27pm

This is a new series for me, but sounds like one I would definitely enjoy. I like the paranormal aspect!

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164 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:06am

Hi, Sharon — We’re delighted to know you’ve learned about our series through KRL and Lorie’s wonderful review. Marc and I hope you get a chance to visit our Haunted Bookshop world one day. Until then, take care and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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165 Cynthia B July 1, 2021 at 4:29pm

I am so excited that Cleo Coyle’s Haunted Bookshop Mystery series is back!

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166 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:04am

Thank you, Cynthia, believe me, I’m excited that *you’re* excited! And I’m happy to share that Marc and I are already at work on next year’s Haunted Bookshop adventure. More to come soon. Until then, take care and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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167 Barbara Buser July 1, 2021 at 4:29pm

Love this book. I’ll read it again.

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168 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:02am

You’re a sweetheart, Barbara, thank you! And cheers for your longtime support of our work. We can’t thank you enough for that. xoxo

~ Cleo

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169 Gaila Gilliland July 1, 2021 at 4:37pm

How fun does this new book sound! I am putting it on my reading list right now.

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170 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 10:01am

Cheers, Gaila — Marc and I hope you get a chance to visit our Haunted Bookshop world one day. We always have great fun writing our Jack and Pen adventures. THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT is a twisty tale with mysteries past and present; and if you read it, we hope you enjoy it. Until then, take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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171 K kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
July 1, 2021 at 4:37pm

New to me series. Sounds interesting

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172 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:20am

Thanks for the comment “K,” and I hope you get a chance to enter our Haunted Bookshop world one day. Jack and Pen make a great sleuthing duo, and Marc and I always have fun writing their adventures. Take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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173 Melissa Perez July 1, 2021 at 4:52pm

Can’t wait to read it.

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174 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:18am

Hi, Melissa — Thanks for the comment, and we hope you get a chance to read THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. Marc and I had great fun writing it!

~ Cleo

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175 Mary McCusker July 1, 2021 at 4:55pm

Love This series… can’t wait to read this

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176 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:16am

Hi, Mary — Marc and I are so glad to know you’re enjoying our Haunted Bookshop novels. Jack and Pen are great fun to write and they are in rare form in THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT, solving mysteries past and present. We hope you get the chance to read it. Take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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177 Candace July 1, 2021 at 5:07pm

I look forward to these fun and cozy mysteries.

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178 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:14am

Thank you, Candace, and we look forward to you reading them. It completes our process as writers, and we couldn’t be more pleased when we’re able to give readers joy. Take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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179 Crystal July 1, 2021 at 5:08pm

Love the book cover. love books like this. This book looks and sounds like a fantastic best seller of a book. Would love to read and review book(s) in print format. Love the tote bag and could use recipe cards too
Thanks
Hope I Win
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180 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:12am

Hi, Crystal – Thanks for the fun comment, and I hope you get a chance to enter our Haunted Bookshop world one day. The Jack and Pen sleuthing adventures are great fun and the quirky townsfolk of Quindicott, Rhode Island, are a loveable bunch. In fact, we wish we could live there! Cheers and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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181 Nicole
Twitter: @steelergrrl43
July 1, 2021 at 5:08pm

I absolutely love this series. I was hooked from the very beginning and I was beyond thrilled when Jack and Pen had a new adventure!

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182 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:08am

Cheers, Nicole! Kind readers like you are the reason we’ve been able to make Jack re-appear (LOL, perfect for a ghost), and we can’t thank you enough for that. We’re already at work on next year’s Haunted Bookshop adventure, and we hope you’ll continue reading our books for years to come. In the meantime, take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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183 Joanie Hinton July 1, 2021 at 5:09pm

thanks for the chance…love the books!!!

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184 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:05am

Thanks, Joanie!

~ Cleo

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185 Susan Graham July 1, 2021 at 5:21pm

Love the series! Just waiting to see if I win before I go out & buy a copy. Cheap? Not me!

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186 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:03am

Hi, Susan — LOL on your comment. Good luck in the contest, and either way, we hope you get a chance to read THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. We had a lot of fun writing this entry and Jack and Pen are in rare form, solving mysteries in the past and present. Take care ~

~ Cleo

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187 P.J. Coldren
Twitter: @P.J.
July 1, 2021 at 5:29pm

#90 . . .not good odds! Still, I’d be delighted to win. I enjoy woo-woo mysteries, baking, and tote bags. Life is good; thanks for the chance to win.

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188 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 9:01am

Hi, P.J. — Thanks for entering, LOL on the woo-woo. We always have great fun writing the sleuthing duo of Jack and Pen, along with the quirky (but loveable) townsfolk of Quindicott, Rhode Island. We hope you get the chance to visit them all in our Haunted Bookshop world one day. Until then, take care and good luck!

~ Cleo

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189 Debra Sullivan July 1, 2021 at 5:31pm

Love all Cleo Coyle’s books. Can’t wait to read the latest “Jack” book.

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190 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:58am

Thank you, Debra, Jack is waiting for your return, and we hope you enjoy your new visit with him (and Pen and the rest of our quirky Quindicott crew). Take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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191 Laurie Pinnell
Twitter: @anismom2
July 1, 2021 at 5:37pm

I bought it and read it already and I absolutely loved it. Mine of course isn’t autographed and I didn’t get a tote! This was my first book I’ve read in this series!! Left me wanting more!

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192 Laurie Pinnell
Twitter: @anismom2
July 1, 2021 at 5:40pm

This is revised because the twitter ID was wrong the first time.

I bought it and read it already and I absolutely loved it. Mine of course isn’t autographed and I didn’t get a tote! This was my first book I’ve read in this series!! Left me wanting more!

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193 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:20am

Hi, Laurie – Thank you so much for supporting our work! Marc and I are delighted to know you loved our latest Haunted Bookshop entry. Jack and Pen have been so much fun to write and kind readers like you have made the experience a pleasure. We’re already at work on the next Jack and Pen adventure, and we hope you enjoy that too. Cheers for the kind note and good luck in the contest! xoxo

~ Cleo

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194 Gloria Burke July 1, 2021 at 5:48pm

You sure hooked me with that cover. I have my fingers crossed

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195 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:18am

Hi, Gloria — I’m so glad to know you like the cover! That’s especially important to Marc and I because one of the storylines in THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT involves the history of modern book covers. We hope you get a chance to enter our Haunted Bookshop world one day. Jack and Pen are a fun sleuthing duo, and we thoroughly enjoy writing them. Take care, thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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196 Cindy Pierson July 1, 2021 at 5:48pm

I love Cleo Coyles books! As soon as they come out I get and can’t put it down till I have finished. I feel like I’m right there with the characters.

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197 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:15am

Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Cindy. Marc and I appreciate your kind support as a reader, and we’re glad to know you feel as though you’re right there with our characters. That’s truly our goal with every book: to immerse you, the reader, deep into the adventure of our story from the beginning to the end. We’re looking forward to entertaining you for years to come. Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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198 Roberta Marie McMahan
Twitter: @Roberta
July 1, 2021 at 5:50pm

Sounds like a great book.

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199 Roberta
Twitter: @Roberta
July 1, 2021 at 5:51pm

Sounds like a great book.

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200 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:10am

Thanks, Roberta, we hope you are able to enter our Haunted Bookshop world one day. Our Jack and Pen adventures with mysteries in the past and present are great fun to read, and we hope you get that chance. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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201 pc July 1, 2021 at 5:57pm

This reminds me a little of a sitcom “The Ghost and Mrs Muir” which I loved!

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202 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:08am

PC — The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (the original novel from 1945) was my inspiration for creating this series. I’ve written essays about its influence, and my husband and I always put a quote from the original novel in the front of every Haunted Bookshop Mystery as a tribute to author Josephine Leslie, who wrote her Ghost novel under the name “RA DICK.” Of course her book was not a mystery, not even close, and our Jack is not a ship’s captain. But we’re happy to cite the seed of our inspiration nonetheless! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the contest. If you are able to enter our Haunted Bookshop world one day, we hope you enjoy it.

~ Cleo

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203 Edith McAdoo
Twitter: @Edith
July 1, 2021 at 6:03pm

Love this series AND the coffee house series.

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204 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:04am

Thank you, Edith, Marc and I appreciate your reader love. And we send ours back to you. We’re glad to share that we are already at work on the next book in our Jack and Pen Haunted Bookshop series. And Clare and Company will be sleuthing again in the new Coffeehouse Mystery, HONEY ROASTED, coming in Jan. (and linked below). Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest! xoxo

~ Cleo
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205 Becky D July 1, 2021 at 6:06pm

Love this series!

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206 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:02am

aw, thanks for the reader love, Becky. Marc and I send our author-love right back to you. Good luck in the contest! xoxo

~ Cleo

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207 Lorrie Davis July 1, 2021 at 6:06pm

My twin sister introduced me to this series, love these mysteries.

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208 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 8:01am

Hi, Lorrie — Please thank you twin sister for introducing you to Jack and Pen and our quirky (and loveable) Quindicott, Rhode Island, crew. We appreciate it! Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest. xoxo

~ Cleo

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209 Kai Ksyniak July 1, 2021 at 6:16pm

I’m excited to hear of new title in this series. I love the repartee between the two characters. Makes me want to go back and reread the series.

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210 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:57am

Hi, Kai — Thank you so much for the kind note. We hope you get a chance to read THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. Jack and Pen solve mysteries past and present and there’s plenty of fun to be had while they’re doing it. Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest. xoxo

~ Cleo

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211 linda stewart July 1, 2021 at 6:23pm

love this author. Would love to win the book and tote.

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212 Carol Edwards
Twitter: @centraleast2
July 1, 2021 at 6:44pm

I love this series.

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213 Rebecca Blake July 1, 2021 at 6:46pm

Cute tote! I love these books!!

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214 Janet Marshall July 1, 2021 at 6:48pm

I love this series ??

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215 Teresa Cooper July 1, 2021 at 6:57pm

I have loved all her books and can’t wait to read the next one.

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216 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 6:31am

Thanks for the reader love, Teresa. Marc and I appreciate it. And we hope you get a chance to read THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. The past and present mystery plots in the book have some fun twists and turns, and Jack and Pen are in rare sleuthing form. Good luck in the contest and cheers for stopping by.

~ Cleo

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217 Linda Semler July 1, 2021 at 7:16pm

Thank you for this generous opportunity!!!

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218 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 6:29am

You’re welcome, Linda, good luck in the contest. And if you haven’t given our books a try, we hope you will one day. Our Haunted Bookshop world has been great fun to write and we’re already at work on next year’s Jack and Pen adventure. Take care~

~ Cleo

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219 Leanne Nicholls July 1, 2021 at 7:22pm

I love Jack! I am so excited to read the newest book.

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220 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 6:26am

And Jack loves you back, Leanne. (He does enjoy attention!) Marc and I hope you enjoy THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. We had a great time writing it, and we hope you have as much fun on the other end of the process. Thanks for the nice comment and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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221 Judith Mosconi July 1, 2021 at 7:27pm

Have been wanting to start this series and can always use another tote! Count me in.

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222 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 6:23am

Hi, Judith — LOL, we do love our tote bags! We hope you get a chance to enter our Haunted Bookshop world one day. Jack and Pen are a fun sleuthing duo, and Marc and I have thoroughly enjoyed writing their adventures (past and present). Take care and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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223 Lisa W July 1, 2021 at 7:30pm

Great article! I just got the book; can’t wait to read it! Yes, you should set aside time to read the rest of the books in the series – start from the beginning!

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224 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 6:16am

Thank you, Lisa! Marc and I are happy to know you’ve been enjoying our Jack and Pen adventures. We hope you have fun reading HAUNTED PORTRAIT because it was great fun to write. Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest! xoxo

~ Cleo

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225 susan atkins July 1, 2021 at 7:41pm

I love this series- keep them coming–PLEASE!!

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226 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 6:08am

Thank you, Susan! We will do our best to keep Jack and Pen sleuthing for you. In fact, we’re already working on next year’s Haunted Bookshop Mystery, and we hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck in the contest! xoxo

~ Cleo

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227 Valerie Willis July 1, 2021 at 7:50pm

Absolutely love everything written by Cleo Coyle, be it the Coffee Series or the Ghost Series! Love Jack and learning about his life and how different those days were! Can’t wait to read and would truly love to have an autographed book and tote to show everyone how good the books are for everyone to enjoy!!
Thank you for the chance!

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228 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 5:48am

Hi, Valerie – What a lovely comment! The longstanding support from kind readers like you have made it possible for us to continue writing, and we can’t thank you enough for that. I’m linking to a post about our upcoming Coffeehouse Mystery, HONEY ROASTED (publishing in January). And Marc and I are already at work on next year’s Jack and Pen adventure. We hope you enjoy them both. (And we hope never to let you down.) In the meantime, good luck on the contest!

~ Cleo
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229 Peggy Hopkins
Twitter: @padragonlady
July 1, 2021 at 8:03pm

Love your writing.

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230 Emily Cheang Catan July 1, 2021 at 11:38pm

The book sounds intriguing! My interest is immensely piqued by the “ghost” and “haunted”! Thank you for this thrilling giveaway.

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231 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 5:42am

Hi, Emily — Thanks for stopping by. Marc and I hope you get a chance to enter our Haunted Bookshop world. Jack and Pen are a fun sleuthing duo, and we always enjoy writing their haunted adventures (in the past and the present). Take care and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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232 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 5:43am

aw, thanks for the reader love, Peggy. Sending author-love right back to you. Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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233 Jennifer July 1, 2021 at 8:08pm

Thank you for the chance

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234 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 5:40am

You’re welcome, Jennifer. Good luck!

~ Cleo

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235 Lynne A. July 1, 2021 at 8:19pm

Love,this series! So happy to see a new book!

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236 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 5:39am

Hi, Lynne – Glad to know you’re enjoying our Haunted Bookshop world, and especially happy that *you’re* happy about our new entry. THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT was great fun to write, and we’re already at work on next year’s Jack and Pen adventure. Cheers for stopping by and good luck on the contest.

~ Cleo

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237 Belinda Wake
Twitter: @Belinda
July 1, 2021 at 8:20pm

Been reading Cleo’s books since the beginning. LOVE both the series and it would be amazing to get an autographed copy.

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238 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 8:17pm

Thank you so much for the longstanding support, Belinda! Marc and I are sincerely grateful to readers like you who have been with us from the start and continue to cheer us on. We can’t thank you enough for that. Good luck in the contest. We hope you will continue to enjoy our work…and keep in touch! xoxo

~ Cleo

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239 Robyn Hussey July 1, 2021 at 8:28pm

Sounds interesting! I certainly enjoy books by Cleo Coyle!

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240 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 8:03pm

Thank you, Robyn, much appreciated!

~ Cleo

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241 Angela Scott July 1, 2021 at 8:49pm

I love her books but have not read of the new series. I look forward to exploring these new adventures.

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242 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 8:01pm

Hi, Angela – Thanks for stopping by. Marc and I hope you get a chance to enter our Haunted Bookshop world. Our sleuthing duo of bookseller Pen and her hardboiled ghost Jack have been great fun to write, and we hope you get a chance to meet them one day.

~ Cleo

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243 Jennifer
Twitter: @Jennifer
July 1, 2021 at 8:52pm

I love this series!I am SO glad she brought Jack back!

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244 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:56pm

Hi, Jennifer — So nice to know you feel that way. Marc and I owe a great debt to readers like you who’ve supported our work and made it possible for Jack to re-appear (apropos given his current state). We plan on writing many more Jack and Pen adventures and our next Haunted Bookshop Mystery is already underway. (More news soon on that.) In the meantime, cheers for the kind comment and and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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245 Tina canada July 1, 2021 at 9:06pm

I am loving this book and so glad Jack and Pen are back!

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246 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:53pm

Hi, Tina — Marc and I are delighted to know you’re enjoying our latest Jack and Pen adventure. We’ve been having a great time writing their stories again, and we’ve already begun next year’s Haunted Bookshop tale. We hope you’ll keep in touch and (of course) keep reading. 🙂 Cheers for the kind comment and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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247 Sherrie Van Noy
Twitter: @Sherrie
July 1, 2021 at 10:37pm

Love your books and ghost mysteries are great! Count me in!

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248 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:51pm

Hi, Sherrie — Jack and Pen thank you (as do Marc and I). We’re so glad readers like you have supported our return to writing our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. We hope to continue writing them for years to come. Take care and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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249 Cynthia Bliss July 1, 2021 at 10:57pm

Great book series.

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250 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:50pm

Hi, Cynthia – Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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251 Karen Halsey July 2, 2021 at 1:44am

Love reading all your books. Thanks for the chance to win.

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252 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:49pm

Thank you kindly, Karen, good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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253 Ellen Paulin July 2, 2021 at 2:45am

Love this series. Count me in!

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254 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:48pm

Thanks, Ellen! Marc and I appreciate the reader love.

~ Cleo

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255 SoCal Allison July 2, 2021 at 2:50am

Time to get on the case in a haunting way! Looks intriguing!

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256 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:47pm

Thanks, Allison, Marc and I hope you get a chance to open the door to our Haunted Bookshop world. Jack and Pen are a fun sleuthing duo, and we love writing them.

~ Cleo

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257 Cherisse T. July 2, 2021 at 3:39am

Sounds so fun, I’m loving the series!

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258 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:46pm

Thanks, Cherisse, glad to know you’re enjoying the books!

~ Cleo

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259 Kenneth Kirk July 2, 2021 at 3:55am

I have loved everyone of the books in the series and I hope there will be many more. Keep writing excellent books.

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260 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 7:46pm

Thank you, Kenneth! Marc and I appreciate your kind words, and we are absolutely looking forward to writing many more Jack and Pen adventures. (We’ll do our best never to let you down.) Good luck in the contest, and we sincerely hope you’ll keep reading…and keep in touch!

~ Cleo

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261 Barb July 2, 2021 at 4:02am

Sounds great

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262 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:27pm

Thanks, Barb!

~ Cleo

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263 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:28pm

Thank you, Barb!

~ Cleo

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264 Lisa Cobb Sabatini July 2, 2021 at 4:05am

Haunted portraits is certainly unique! And the characters sound awesome!

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265 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:27pm

Hi, Lisa — Marc and I have loved writing Jack and Pen. They are indeed a unique sleuthing pair, so much fun to write. We hope you get a chance to meet them one day. Take care and good luck in the drawing.

~ Cleo

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266 Debra Guyette July 2, 2021 at 4:55am

Thanks so much for the chance. It looks amazing.

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267 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:24pm

Hi, Debra — You’re very welcome! Thank you for stopping by and good luck in the drawing.

~ Cleo

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268 Janet Sherman
Twitter: @Janet
July 2, 2021 at 4:56am

Can’t wait to read this! It has all the perfect elements for a summer diversion.

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269 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:23pm

Hi, Janet — Jack and Pen would love a vacation. Take them away with you this summer, and they’ll take you away, as well. (Good luck in the drawing.) xoxo

~ Cleo

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270 Rita Simko July 2, 2021 at 5:20am

Awesome author!! I’ve not read this series yet, but it is on my TBR list!!

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271 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:20pm

We are delighted to be on your TBR radar, Rita. We have loved writing our Haunted Bookshop and Coffeehouse worlds, and we’re ever-grateful to our kind readers who have inspired us for years. We hope one day we will count you among them. Take care and good luck in the drawing. xoxo

~ Cleo

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272 Susan Campbell
Twitter: @Susan
July 2, 2021 at 5:34am

Can’t wait to read this book.

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273 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:17pm

Thank you, Susan, those are words that make every author happy! Cheers and good luck in the drawing.

~ Cleo

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274 Ruth Bogoly July 2, 2021 at 5:34am

These books are great – love Jack and Pen! I love all of Cleo Coyle books. It would be amazing to have an autographed copy!

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275 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:15pm

Hi, Ruth — So glad to know you’re loving our Jack and Pen sleuthing team. Marc and I are delighted to be writing them again. We’re already at work on next year’s Haunted Bookshop adventure (more news soon on that one). In the meantime, we hope you’ll keep in touch. And we wish you luck in the drawing! xoxo

~ Cleo

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276 Myrna July 2, 2021 at 6:00am

Love this series – can’t wait to read this book!

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277 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:11pm

Hi, Myrna — Glad to know you’re enjoying our Haunted Bookshop world. If you get a chance to read THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT, we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing.

~ Cleo

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278 karen boblett July 2, 2021 at 6:03am

I must check this author out. Thanks for the drawing.

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279 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:10pm

Hi, Karen — Happy to know you’re intrigued enough to check us out. And since most libraries carry our books, you can literally check us out! 🙂

~ Cleo

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280 Rita Wray July 2, 2021 at 6:15am

The book sounds great. I love the cover.

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281 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:08pm

Thank you, Rita, we love the cover, too, and it’s a good thing. One of the themes in THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT is the history of book cover design. If you get a chance to read it, we hope you enjoy it. Take care and good luck in the drawing.

~ Cleo

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282 Pat Willoughby July 2, 2021 at 6:26am

These books are pure joy! Looking forward to diving in to another one.

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283 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:06pm

Oh, Pat, that is an amazing comment. Thank you and good luck in the drawing. THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT was a great deal of fun to write, and we hope you get a chance to read it. Cheers! xoxo

~ Cleo

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284 elizabeth July 2, 2021 at 6:31am

Not only do I enjoy reading the books, but the recipes are great.

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285 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:04pm

Hi, Elizabeth — Glad to know you’re enjoying what we cook up on the page as well as in the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing.

~ Cleo

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286 Karen July 2, 2021 at 6:32am

I LOVE Cleo Coyle’s Haunted Bookshop Mystery series! Can’t wait to read this one!
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287 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:02pm

Hi, Karen — So glad to know you’re enjoying our Haunted Bookshop world. Good luck in the drawing and if you get a chance to read our latest Jack and Pen adventure, we hope you enjoy it!

~ Cleo

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288 Roseanne Yerges July 2, 2021 at 7:43am

Nice giveaway.

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289 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:01pm

Thanks, Roseanne, good luck in the drawing and thanks for stopping by.

~ Cleo

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290 Vicki Geer July 2, 2021 at 7:43am

Great article, sums up the book nicely. Love me some Jack and Penny! Cleo Coyle is one of my all-time favorite writers. I’m never, ever disappointed.

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291 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 4:00pm

Thanks, Vicki ~ We’re with you. We thoroughly enjoyed Lorie’s review. Cheers for the kind words and the Jack and Penny love. Sending our author love back to you. We have a new Haunted Bookshop Mystery in the works for next year, so you won’t have to wait as long this time around. Good luck in the drawing and keep reading with joy! xoxo

~ Cleo

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292 Jo C Herrmann
Twitter: @Jo
July 2, 2021 at 7:51am

I love love all your books. Just recommended you to a friend looking for a great author… Thanks for keeping us in great reads! Waiting patiently for our library to get this one!! Happy 4th of July!

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293 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:57pm

Hi, Jo — Thank you so much for the reader love (and the kind recommendation). Sending author-love right back to you. Happy Fourth to you, as well!

~ Cleo

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294 Nancy Wolfe
Twitter: @ring094
July 2, 2021 at 7:51am

Love her books and have not read this one.

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295 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:55pm

Hi, Nancy – Thanks for dropping by. Good luck in the drawing. And if get a chance to read our latest, we hope you enjoy it!

~ Cleo

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296 Michelle Willms
Twitter: @Michelle
July 2, 2021 at 7:59am

This sounds like a great series. I like that I can jump right in, even though I haven’t read the other books. Thanks for this chance to win.

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297 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:53pm

Hi, Michelle – Yes, no worries. Marc and I always do our best to create mysteries that can be read as stand-alone novels, even if they’re part of a series. We always add background info and introduce characters with new readers in mind. Good luck in the drawing. And if you get a chance to open the door to our Haunted Bookshop world, we hope you enjoy your visit!

~ Cleo

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298 Kim July 2, 2021 at 8:12am

I’m in. Really enjoy this series!

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299 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:49pm

Thank, Kim, glad to know you’re enjoying the books. Good luck in the drawing! xoxo

~ Cleo

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300 Catherine Gervasio
Twitter: @Kitcat56M
July 2, 2021 at 8:18am

I love all of Cleo’s series (and am very jealous, as well 😉 ) but his is one of my favorite. As you described, that beautiful blend of cozy and noir is unique and delightful. So thrilled about the new book!

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301 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:49pm

Thank you, Catherine, we always enjoy returning to our Haunted Bookshop world, and we’re glad to know you’re a fan of Jack’s. It’s so good to have him back. And he’ll be around for some time. We’re already working on next year’s Haunted Bookshop adventure. (More news soon on that one.) In the meantime…

Good luck in the drawing and we hope you’ll keep reading…and keep in touch!

~ Cleo

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302 Samantha July 2, 2021 at 8:33am

Jack is one of my favorite fictional characters and I could barely wait for the next one. I absolutely loved this book! Wonderful addition to a fantastic series!

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303 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:44pm

Oh, that is gratifying to know, Samantha, thank you so much! Marc and I are now working on next year’s “Jack and Pen” adventure, and we will have news soon for you. Good luck in the drawing, and we hope you’ll keep reading…and keep in touch! xoxo

~ Cleo

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304 Donna Wilkinson July 2, 2021 at 8:43am

Luv these books. Great characters with intriguing mysteries. Feel like you are time traveling with Jack and Pen and solve the crime/mystery with them.

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305 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:41pm

What a great comment, thank you, Donna! Marc and I always have fun writing the Jack and Pen mysteries. We’re thrilled to know you’re enjoying them, and glad to tell you we’re already working on next year’s Haunted Bookshop adventure. Cheers again and good luck in the drawing. xoxo

~ Cleo

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306 Katherine Schafer July 2, 2021 at 8:50am

I’m adding a few new podcasts to my list! Thank you 🙂

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307 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:38pm

Thanks, Katherine, that’s nice to know! Cheers to Kings River Life magazine for their terrific “Mysteryrats Maze” podcasting. Reminds us of the great days of live radio and radio mystery theater. (Something our 1940s-era ghost Jack was more than passing familiar with!)

~ Cleo

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308 Kimberly Jones
Twitter: @Readingkim
July 2, 2021 at 9:03am

Cleo Coyle is one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read her latest release!

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309 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:36pm

Hi, Kimberly – Thank you for the kind comment. Marc and I (and Jack and Pen) hope you enjoy THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. We had a great time writing it, and we hope you have an equally fun time on the other end of the process. 🙂 Take care and good luck in the drawing. xoxo

~ Celo

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310 Karlene Barger July 2, 2021 at 9:27am

I always enjoy all the twists and turns in a new mystery!

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311 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:33pm

We do, too! Thank you, Karlene, and if you get a chance to read our new Haunted Bookshop Mystery, we hope you enjoy it. Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the drawing.

~ Cleo

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312 Cindy Davis July 2, 2021 at 9:30am

Looks great!

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313 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:32pm

Thanks, Cindy!

~ Cleo

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314 Renee Collins
Twitter: @DrReneeCCo
July 2, 2021 at 10:00am

Cleo Coyle is an excellent author. All her books are a pleasure to read. I’m so glad this series came back to life!

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315 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:31pm

Thank you, Renee, for leaving such a sweet comment. Kind readers like you inspire us to keep writing, and we hope never to let you down. LOL on our “Ghost” books coming back to life. We owe our readers a debt of thanks for that, as well. Even after nearly a decade, we felt the love and support, and we can’t thank you and all our readers enough for that. Cheers and good luck in the drawing! xoxo

~ Cleo

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316 Lalita
Twitter: @book76worm
July 2, 2021 at 10:26am

Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to read this book too! As always, sounds great!

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317 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:29pm

Thanks, Lalita, Marc and I (and Jack and Pen) hope you enjoy returning to our Haunted Bookshop world. xoxo

~ Cleo

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318 Carol Phillips
Twitter: @Carol
July 2, 2021 at 10:30am

I have read books from both the Haunted Bookshop and the Coffeehouse mysteries series. Always excited when a new book comes out.

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319 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:28pm

Hi, Carol — Thanks for stopping by and thanks especially for supporting our work. It is indeed exciting when a new book is released, and we’re already working toward next year’s Haunted Bookshop. Keep an eye out for our new Coffeehouse title, as well. HONEY ROASTED is coming this January. More news soon on both. Until then, good luck in the drawing! xoxo

~ Cleo
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320 J July 2, 2021 at 11:00am

I can’t wait to start reading this series!

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321 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:26pm

Hope you enjoy it, J ~ thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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322 Tari Hann
Twitter: @kittsdollclothes
July 2, 2021 at 11:42am

I love this series and of course, love that Jack! Hoping to win a tote bag, so I keep entering, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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323 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:24pm

Hi, Tari — Thanks for the reader (and Jack) love. Marc and I (and Jack and Pen) appreciate it. Good luck in the drawing. xoxo

~ Cleo

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324 Tari Hann
Twitter: @kittsdollclothes
July 2, 2021 at 11:44am

PS: I didn’t fill out the Twitter info or the at sign, must have auto filled since that actually isn’t even my Twitter, it’s my Insta

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325 Cyndi
Twitter: @Cyndisue
July 2, 2021 at 12:07pm

What’s not to love about Jack!! Love this series ???

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326 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:23pm

Thanks, Cyndi! (And we have it on good authority that Jack loves you back. ;))

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327 Tracy X Hartman July 2, 2021 at 12:37pm

I absolutely adore this author team. I’ve been a fan for over a decade. Good luck to all!

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328 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:22pm

aw, thanks, Tracy, we truly appreciate your longstanding reader love, and we hope never to let you down. May you always read our books with joy. xoxo

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329 Annie L July 2, 2021 at 2:14pm

Fabulous! Always love a good read!

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330 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:20pm

Thanks for stopping by, Annie!

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331 Donna Pendergast July 2, 2021 at 2:35pm

I will love this book for sure! I don’t have a twitter account or website…I love Cleo Coyle’s books.

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332 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:20pm

Hi, Donna, thanks for stopping by. Marc and I are glad to know you’re enjoying our work. Our latest Haunted Bookshop adventure was great fun to write. If you get a chance to read it, we hope you enjoy it!

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333 Shari Bills July 2, 2021 at 3:33pm

I can’t wait to read the new book. It sounds really interesting.

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334 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:17pm

Thanks, Shari, Marc and I had a great time writing this one. Jack and Pen are in rare form. If you get a chance to read it, we hope you enjoy it!

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335 Cheri Brown July 2, 2021 at 4:22pm

I love this series and would love the tote!

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336 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:16pm

Glad to know you’re enjoying our Haunted Bookshop world, and good luck in the drawing!

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337 Deirdre Greene July 2, 2021 at 9:23pm

I love the bantering and companionship in the series of books by this writing dynamic duo. The series are well written and capture the past without getting stuck and dwelling there before the next book is underway.
Your recipes are amazing.
Keep up your creative teamwork!

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338 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:09pm

What a lovely comment, thank you, Deirdre! Marc and I always enjoy writing the Jack and Pen mysteries, and we’re grateful to readers like you who give us the kind support that keeps us writing. We have a new Haunted Bookshop Mystery underway for next year. And for Coffeehouse Mystery readers, HONEY ROASTED is out in January. Cheers again, Deidre, we hope you’ll keep reading…and keep in touch! xoxo

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339 Jeanna Massman July 2, 2021 at 11:26pm

I love the cover! The colors and design are great!

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340 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:05pm

Thanks, Jeanna, Marc and I love the cover, too. And we’re glad we do because one of the themes in our latest Haunted Bookshop Mystery is the history of book cover design. We had great fun writing this entry, and hope you get a chance to read it one day.

~ Cleo

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341 Natalie July 3, 2021 at 6:49am

I finished it yesterday! I couldn’t put it down. So many twists and turns kept me in the book. Can’t wait until the next one comes out!

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342 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 3:03pm

Thank you, Natalie! Marc and I are thrilled to know you enjoyed it, and glad you’re already looking forward to Jack and Pen’s next adventure. (We’re working on it now, so we hope you won’t have long to wait.) More news soon on next year’s Haunted Bookshop Mystery!

~ Cleo

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343 michelle carter July 3, 2021 at 7:18am

Love reading her books. Can’t wait for this one.

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344 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 2:36pm

Thank you, Michelle, Marc and I (and Jack and Pen) hope you enjoy it.

~ Cleo

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345 Bev July 3, 2021 at 10:33am

I have no Twitter account or a website. Started reading it. Love ALL of these books! Jack and Pen are a great team in solving mysteries.

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346 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 2:35pm

Thank you so much, Bev, and if they could Jack and Pen would thank you, too. xoxo

~ Cleo

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347 Robin Schonewetter July 3, 2021 at 2:50pm

Looks like a good book to read!

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348 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 2:34pm

Thanks, Robin, we hope you get a chance to meet our bookseller Pen and her hardboiled ghost Jack. They are one fun pair to sleuth with. Cheers!

~ Cleo

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349 Leigh July 3, 2021 at 3:03pm

Glad Jack and Pen are back! I’ve been waiting (and waiting) for the next mystery!
Thanks.

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350 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 2:31pm

Leigh – Thanks for your reader patience! Marc and I appreciate it, and we’re happy to tell you that we’re already working on next year’s new Jack and Pen Haunted Bookshop Mystery. More to come soon…

~ Cleo

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351 Tara Schneider July 3, 2021 at 6:51pm

I really enjoy this series! I’ve been reading it since the 1st book came out. I just love Pen & Jack!

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352 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 2:29pm

Thank you, Tara, Marc and I are delighted to know you’re such a longtime fan of Pen and Jack. We are already working on next year’s new Haunted Bookshop Mystery, and we hope you enjoy it! xoxo

~ Cleo

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353 Beth Layton
Twitter: @Beth
July 4, 2021 at 7:07am

Love Cleo Coyle

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354 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 4, 2021 at 2:24pm

aw, thanks for the reader love, Beth. Sending author-love right back to you. xoxo

~ Cleo

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355 Renee July 4, 2021 at 12:28pm

Nice review and I really do love reading the stories written by Cleo Coyle. Am always impatiently waiting for the next book.

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356 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:30am

Thank you, Renee! Marc and I appreciate the kind comment. As for our next books, FYI…

We are happy to share that we’re already at work on next year’s Jack and Pen Haunted Bookshop adventure. And our new Coffeehouse Mystery, HONEY ROASTED, is coming this January (we linked to it below for anyone who’d like more info). Lots of exciting storytelling ahead, and we appreciate your coming along for the ride. Cheers, Renee, good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo
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357 Roberta Sallee July 4, 2021 at 2:12pm

Can’t wait to read it!

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358 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:31am

Hi, Roberta — We hope you enjoy HAUNTED PORTAIT. It was great fun to write, and we hope you have as much fun on the other end of the process. Cheers and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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359 Jean Varble July 4, 2021 at 2:23pm

Love this series. Just starting the latest one- don’t think I am going to be disappointed.

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360 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:14am

Hi, Jean — Glad to know you’re loving our Jack and Pen Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Thank you! Marc and I had a great deal of fun writing the latest. We hope you enjoy HAUNTED PORTRAIT and good luck on the contest!

~ Cleo

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361 Karlene Barger July 4, 2021 at 8:22pm

I’m looking forward to this book! What a wonderful series.

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362 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:35pm

Cheers for the kind comment, Karlene. We hope you get a chance to read THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. The time slips of Jack taking Pen back to the 1940s are especially entertaining and the present-day mystery has some great twists for our quirky (but loveable) townsfolk of Quindicott. (You’ll see.) In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and good luck in the contest.

~ Cleo

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363 Karen Wolfinger July 4, 2021 at 9:24pm

I would love to win this offer. My library doesn’t yet handle this series of books.

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364 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:55am

Hi, Karen — We love libraries, and our Cleo Coyle books are in many libraries and library lending networks across the country. We hope you get a chance to enter our Haunted Bookshop world. The Jack and Pen adventures are great fun, and we’re already at work on next year’s Haunted Bookshop Mystery. Good luck in the contest and thanks for stopping by.

~ Cleo

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365 alexis inglee July 4, 2021 at 10:16pm

awesome. would love to win. werdolex

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366 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:32pm

Hi, Alexis — Thank you kindly for your interest in our Haunted Bookshop world. We wish you luck!

~ Cleo

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367 Susan Schwartz
Twitter: @Ncc17lu
July 5, 2021 at 5:30am

I just purchased this book, can’t wait to read it, sounds like a great one……………

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368 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 12:31pm

Hi, Susan – Thank you so much for putting Jack and Pen on your bookshelf. They are great fun in this entry, and we hope you enjoy your visit to our Haunted Bookshop world. Cheers for stopping by and good luck in the contest!

~ Cleo

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369 Nancy Foroughi
Twitter: @Nancy W Foroughi
July 5, 2021 at 11:55am

Love Cleo Coyle – I started reading the Haunted Bookshop Mystery books from the very first one – adore this series. I also am a fan of all 18 “Coffeehouse” mysteries.

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370 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:30pm

Hi, Nancy – Thank you so much for the lovely comment, and thanks especially for your longtime support of our work. Marc and I are glad to know you’re a fan of our Coffeehouse books, as well. (As you may now by now….) We have a new one coming in January, HONEY ROASTED, which I’m linking to below for anyone who’d like more info. Cheers again for stopping by. We hope you continue to enjoy or books for years to come (and good luck in the contest)!
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371 Robin Orgera July 5, 2021 at 1:26pm

Love her books.

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372 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:32pm

Thank you, Robin! Much appreciated. xoxo

~ Cleo

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373 Debbie July 5, 2021 at 2:35pm

Can’t wait to read this newest book. I loved Jack and Pen’s other adventures and I’m sure this will be just as exciting.

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374 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
July 5, 2021 at 7:35pm

Hi, Debbie – We’re glad to know you’re looking forward to reading THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT. Marc and I had a great time writing this one. Jack and Pen are in fine sleuthing form as they set out to solve mysteries past and present. And there are some wonderful twists with the quirky (but loveable) townsfolk of Quindicott, RI. Thanks for stopping by today. We wish you good luck in the contest–and a joyful return to our Haunted Bookshop world. xoxo

~ Cleo

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375 Sue Winn July 6, 2021 at 6:51am

I just finished reading The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait and I think it was one of her best. I loved the series and along with many other fans waited years for the Bogus Bookseller. Honestly, I was disappointed with it, but The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait brought back all my love for Jack! (ok for Pen, Seymour, and Brainert too)

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376 Karen Wolfinger July 6, 2021 at 9:06pm

I would love to get started on this series of books!

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377 Debbie Rhoades
Twitter: @Ctlcprncs1
July 6, 2021 at 9:53pm

This sounds like a marvelous series for me to jump into! A snarky ghost helper? Ahhh yes, I love that! Thank you for the chance, Cleo. I always love your blogs and your recipes.

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378 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
July 7, 2021 at 8:58am

We have a winner!

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379 Leanne Nicholls July 9, 2021 at 8:59am

I don’t see who the winner was. Could you please repost?

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380 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
July 9, 2021 at 3:28pm

Because there were so many comments Cleo was happy to give out 2 prize packages!
The winners are Melissa A Vatter-Miller and Ruth Bogoly! They have been notified.

Thanks for commenting and I hope you all come back!

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