Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Halloween Mystery

One day back in 1995, shortly after I'd moved into a new apartment, I went for a walk in the neighborhood and I spotted an old Victorian. I've always loved old houses so I stopped, gazing up at it. I couldn't help but wonder what those walls would say if they could talk.

Intrigued, I wanted to find out more about the house and the area so I went to the Cincinnati Historical Society and immersed myself in research. The more I learned, the more certain I was that I wanted to write a mystery novel that took place there. Little by little, I began to come up with plot ideas and the characters who would live in my fictional version of the house. In April 2012, Mixed Messages was published!

It’s estimated that there are at least twenty to thirty active serial killers in the United States at any given time. There’s one on the loose on the west side of Cincinnati.

It’s the week of Halloween and Ann Kern struggles with several issues. Her primary concern is her marriage which, like her west side neighborhood, is in jeopardy. Her husband is drinking heavily and his behavior toward her is erratic. One minute, he’s the kind, loving man she married and, the next minute, he’s cold and cruel.

Ann dismisses a psychic’s warning that she is in danger. But, when she receives a series of ominous biblical quotes, she grows nervous and suspicious of everyone, including her own husband.

As the bizarre and frightening events unfold, Ann discovers a handmade tombstone marked with her name, pushing her close to the edge. Will she be the Westwood Strangler’s next victim?

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  1. This is a wonderful story, and it's interesting to learn a little of the background about how it came to be. Thanks for sharing!
    Marja McGraw

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marja! I'm still fascinated with the house. I drive by it about once a month and I always stop to look at it. It was built in 1863 and I was fortunate to get to see the inside a few years ago. My fictional version is a bit different though. :)