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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Twenty-Five

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a great week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

Today’s update is very exciting for me, because I have officially completed half of this year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompts! I’m very pleased with my progress on this year’s challenge, and I’m feeling confident in my ability to complete my remaining 25 prompts before the end of the year.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait, by Cleo Coyle.

A book where the main character works at your current or dream job…

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait is the seventh book in Coyle’s Haunted Bookshop Mysteries series, and focuses on the crime-solving exploits of bookseller Penelope “Penny” McClure and Jack Shepard, a ghostly private investigator from the 1940s.

In this book, Penny travels to Blackstone Falls to take a look at a collection of paintings owned by Walter Waverly, which she plans to display at an upcoming bookstore event. Along for the ride are two of her best friends, Seymour and Brainert, who are also interested in viewing the art Walter has collected.

While browsing Walter’s collection, Seymour comes across a self-portrait by a local woman named Harriet McClure, and falls in love with it. Despite rumors that the painting is cursed, and the fact that someone else has already made an offer for it, Seymour is desperate to own the painting…to the point where he empties out his checking account in order to buy it.

When the trio returns to Walter’s house the following day to pick up some additional paintings, they find the front door standing open and Walter lying dead near a fallen ladder. While the local police seem to think that it’s just an accident, Penny isn’t so sure. And after Seymour’s home is broken into and he is assaulted by someone looking to steal his newly-acquired painting, she begins to look into the mysterious events…with some help from her favorite ghost, private investigator Jack Shepard.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait. It was a very fast-paced, exciting read, with a great cast of characters. I ended up reading most of the book in a single day, because I just could not put it down.

If you are a fan of Cleo Coyle, or just enjoy cozy mysteries, then I highly recommend checking out The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait for yourself. Before you get started, however, you’ll definitely want to read the rest of the series first.

The series currently includes the following books (the first five of which were originally published under the name Alice Kimberly):

  • The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
  • The Ghost and the Dead Deb
  • The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library
  • The Ghost and the Femme Fatale
  • The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion
  • The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller
  • The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be published on Saturday, June 26th. In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm on Wednesday for my review of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia C. Wrede.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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