by Heather Graham
She studied the beautiful old building. But daylight, the skeletons, spiders webs, and jack-o-lanterns all appeared to be just nicely arranged paper and props, nothing more. By night, with special lighting, the place appeared eerie, especially the cemetery surrounding it. When it wasn’t Halloween season, the place still cast a certain melancholy about it, a poignancy that perhaps reflected the shadows of lives gone by.
Jenna Duffy and Samuel Hall are partners in work and in life. An FBI Special Agent pair attached to the Krewe of Hunters unit. The pair are forced to cancel their vacation when a call from home brings calls them to investigate a surprising death found by Jenna’s cousin Elyssa.
The Mayberry Mortuary was decked out in fantastic Halloween decor, customary each year starting October 1. It sat high on a jagged bluff near the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts. Just driving toward it, at night was like being in a horror movie. Dense trees lined the paved drive and it was surrounded by a graveyard. The old Colonial building when captured beneath the moonlight, seemed to rise from the earth in true Gothic splendor.
Elyssa found the body of John Bradbury while touring the haunted house. The event’s manager’s death was ruled a suicide. But, something told Elyssa that John didn’t kill himself. That something, is a voice in her head. Nothing is as it seems in Salem, Massachusetts around Halloween.
I am a scared cat! I don’t watch scary movies and I don’t go to haunted houses. But, I figured to give this book a try with Halloween around the corner. Pleasantly, I was quickly engrossed in this murder mystery. This story will whisk you away to Salem to explore the dynamics of nontraditional religions and even back in time to the infamous witch trials, all while trying to learn who done it.
This is the perfect Halloween read.
An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.