The Ghost and the Stolen Tears: 03/28/23
The Ghost and the Stolen Tears by Cleo Coyle and Traci Odom (Narrator) (2022) is the eighth book in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series. "Nomad" Nora flees at the same time a guest at the B&B declares that her precious pendant and earrings have been stolen.
Collectively they are known as the Tears of Valentino and the PI ghost Jack knows their tragic history. Can Jack's memories help Penelope find the jewelry and clear Nora's name?
This mystery had a nice mixture of suspense and puzzle solving. With someone killing potential witnesses I was understandably worried that Nora was either among the dead or was the murderer. Even if the jewelry was priceless the amount of bloodshed leads to questions of motive. What would drive someone to be so ruthless? Although I figured out the who was so driven, it took until nearly the end of the novel for the explanation.
Like the previous audiobook, this one only has a single narrator. It's such an improvement over the earlier books. It keeps everyone present and past with the same voice and is less jarring.
This novel would pair well with The Game Is a Footnote by Vicki Delany (2023).
The ninth book, The Ghost Goes to the Dogs releases on May 2, 2023.