Dead Girls Club

“The last time I saw the pendant, it was on Becca’s neck. She was my best friend. And I killed her.”—Heather, Now, from the Dead Girls Club. There were four members of the Dead Girls Club. Dead Becca didn’t send the pendant. Heather didn’t send it to herself. That leftContinue Reading

Haunted House Ghost

Haunted House Ghost: Death At The Fall Festival (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney My Review It’s Halloween and Professor Kellan is renovating his newly purchased rundown mansion in the Haunted House Ghost. A current mystery and a historic one compete for Kellan and his potential girlfriend, Sheriff April’sContinue Reading

Shape of Night

The Shape of Night is an abrupt departure from this author’s usual police procedural. It’s an atmospheric gothic romantic suspense story with some modern twists thrown in. Ava has a terrible guilt-driven secret. In addition, she is over a year past the publisher’s deadline on her latest cookbook. Hoping toContinue Reading

The Invited

The Invited is a ghost story of multigenerational family drama rather the mystery I expected. Helen and Nate decide to quit their teaching jobs and move to rural Vermont. They buy a large parcel of land and begin building their house. The land includes a bog where a suspected witch,Continue Reading

Footsteps in the Dark

Priest holes, mysterious ghosts, secret passages and skeletons figure prominently in Footsteps in the Dark. Siblings Peter, Celia and Margaret inherit the Priory, a large ancient country estate, from their Uncle. They, along with Celia’s husband Charles, decide to move in. Footsteps in the Dark was originally published in 1932.Continue Reading

Watersnakes

Watersnakes is a modern fairy tale that is highly recommended. An eerie fable about a ghost who carries the soul of an ancient king, and whose teeth are the king’s warriors. She kisses a living girl and vomits an octopus, who begs to be taken to the sea. Best forContinue Reading

Charmed Bones

Southern paranormal cozy mystery with ghosts, witches and a murder or two. Hope, Faith and Charity plan to open a Wiccan school and white witches’ potion shop in rural Sunflower County Mississippi. Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner in the Delaney Detective Agency, Tinkie Richmond, are paid to dig upContinue Reading

The Broken Girls

An eerie ambience suffuses The Broken Girls. It is a mystery wrapped in a ghost story or perhaps the other way around. “Ghosts and dead babies and murdered girls. What next?”  Roberta, Katie, Cece and Sonia were all dumped at Idlewild Hall, an all-girl boarding school in 1950 Vermont. RobertaContinue Reading

Lydie

Lydie is a short tear-jerker that rewards readers with beautiful artwork and a compelling plot. Set in a French cul-de-sac in an unnamed French town, Lydie tells the story of a set of neighbors that band together to help Camille, a mentally impaired French girl, in a very unusual way.Continue Reading

Murder for the Books

Formulaic mystery with a small town atmosphere and a refreshing romance. Amy Webber has run back to her aunt’s house in small town Taylorsford Virginia following a disastrous and public breakup with her boyfriend. Her job as a public library Director with only one employee, Sunny Fields, is fun butContinue Reading

Kill Creek

Beware, you may not sleep well after reading Kill Creek! Kill Creek begins with four horror novelists agreeing to a live-streamed interview in a long abandoned haunted house in Kill Creek, Kansas.  The interviews are held on Halloween night and the novelists stay overnight within the house. All the novelistsContinue Reading