Tricks and treats keep the Halloween spirit alive in coastal Maine. But this year the haunted house theme is getting carried a little too far . . .
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HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.
DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLIS
For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.
HALLOWED OUT by BARBARA ROSS
With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.
There’s nothing like home sweet home in this trio of Halloween tales . . .
Haunted houses, a holiday staple, are an especially good fit for the authors’ folksy Down East setting…All three tales offer a dash of detection, but their strong suit is hometown charm.
Kirkus Reviews, July 2019
Cozy fans are in for a Halloween treat.
Publishers Weekly, July, 2019
I loved every aspect of “Hallowed Out”, from the characters and their interactions, to the various suspects, and to the various ghost stories Busman’s Harbor has to share.
Fresh Fiction, August 2019
…a three-novella collection of creepy but fun Halloween stories complete with ghosts, oddball characters, mayhem and murder.
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, October 2019
The plot is strong, and the characters we meet along the way are just as strong. I didn’t see the twists of the mystery coming, and the ending caught me by surprise.
Carstairs Considers, August 2019
Despite the short novella length, Ms. Ross manages to make the story feel full length with good character development, a crime, great settings and Halloween flavors, and a complete resolution.
Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder, September 2019
I was most impressed with this story based on setting, characters, background, and story development.
Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust, September 2019
Barbara Ross is my favorite culinary cozy author…
Criminal Element, October 2019
…goes down like a shot of sinister, but the aftertaste is sweet.
New York Journal of Books, October 2019
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