(A Cass Peake Cozy Mystery)
by Rena Leith
Character Guest Post
Cass Peake’s Musings on Ghosts and the Supernatural
Who believes in ghosts? I didn’t…until I met one. I thought my ex-college sweetheart George Ho was superstitious for his belief in the supernatural. I mean, who carries green onions around to ward off ghosts? But then I met Doris in the flesh…or lack thereof…you know what I mean! Before I met Doris, if you’d asked me what I thought a ghost would be like, I’d’ve said scary, spooky, evil, and hiding in dark corners waiting to pounce. Doris is about as far from that as chocolate is from kale. Although when she came through the bathroom door… But I don’t know what I would have done without her. I was so lost and angry when Phil and I divorced. All I could think about was being homeless and jobless. Finding a place to live was foremost in my mind. My anger was born of the pressure of my fear. Now I can’t imagine things turning out any other way. Sometimes fear still nibbles around the edges of my life, and I worry about losing all these new friends and the cottage that’s the symbol of my new freedom.
And then there’s George—still gorgeous after all these years. I used to think his belief in ghosts was mere superstition. Now I know better, but I can’t tell him that. He might not want to hang out with me in a haunted house. What was I thinking when I let him go all those years ago? But fate brought us back together again. What are the odds that we’d end up in the same small town? Now I have a second chance. Do I dare take it? I don’t know. Do I want to take it? Without a doubt. Small problem. Suppose he feels the same way. Suppose he wants to move in. I can picture the conversation now. Me: “Uh, George? I’m sorry I didn’t mention it before, but we have a roommate. I hope you don’t mind living with two women…one of whom is dead… George?” Yeah, maybe not. On the upside, Doris likes George.
While I’m thinking about it, it could be my imagination, but this town seems a bit unusual. When I walk along the shore at night, I listen to the susurration of the waves. But there are times when I hear other sounds like tiny whisperings in shadows in the trees. And what about that other black cat I saw in the mist as I climbed the hill? It was a short-haired black cat, slim and sleek, unlike Thor. It seemed to vanish in the mist. I’m telling you, there are strange things going on here. Las Lunas is a far cry from Pleasanton. There was the night I saw all the tiny lights on the hill, but the fireflies in California aren’t the variety that light up. What were the lights? They went out when I started talking about them. Coincidence? I’m telling you, there’s something strange going on here.
About Coastal Corpse
Coastal Corpse (A Cass Peake Cozy Mystery)
2nd in Series
The Wild Rose Press, Inc (September 30, 2019)
Print Length: 183 pages
Happily settled in her cozy cottage with its resident ghost, Cass Peake looks forward to Halloween. Then another corpse is found on her beachfront. With the support of family and her ghostly roommate, Cass investigates. To her dismay, she finds the murder victim handled her goofy neighbor’s trust fund and he was in dire need of money. The suspect list grows with a former husband, another needy relative, and a maybe shady accountant who suddenly disappears. To top it all off, rumors circulate about treasure hidden in Cass’s cottage.
Detective George Ho doesn’t like his ex-girlfriend snooping around. Despite that, sparks still fly between him and Cass. But superstitious George has no idea Cass’s home is haunted. Can Cass solve the mystery and renew the romance with her ghost-adverse ex?
About Rena Leith
I currently live in Cape May County in New Jersey after spending years in the San Francisco Bay Area with my Maine Coon cats Sierra and Ginger. I attended Clarion Writers Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy at Michigan State University and sold a story I wrote there to Damon Knight for The Clarion Awards anthology. I wrote technical manuals in Silicon Valley and also published several poems and science articles as well as a couple of chapters in Research & Professional Resources in Children’s Literature: “Piecing a Patchwork Quilt.” I’ve also taught English in high school and community colleges.
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