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Haunted Hamlet Description
When a ghost hunter is found dead in a haunted house just days before Halloween it looks like the killer may be living impaired. Zoe must juggle the annual Zoe Donovan Spooktacular with zombies on the run, the annual pumpkin carving contest, a haunted hayride, a relationship in crisis, and a little behind the scenes investigation
Excerpt Haunted Hamlet
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I know most people don’t really get my obsession with all things spooky, but I love everything about this awesome time of year. I love the decorations, the annual events, horror movies on TV, personalized pumpkins, and finding the scariest costume of all. But it’s not just the awesomeness of the holiday that I love, it’s the coziness of the season. The romance of that first wood fire, hot cider with good friends, hiking through groves of aspens dressed in fall colors, and the scent of snow just around the corner.
“I’m thinking witch.” My best friend, Ellie Davis, held up a mask with a huge wart on the nose. She’d been sort of down all week, so I was happy to see her enthusiasm for the pre-holiday shopping trip.
I frowned. “Weren’t you a witch last year?”
“And the ten years before that,” the third member of our triad, Levi Denton, added.
Ellie shrugged. “It’s what I do. Every year: witch.”
“Doesn’t that seem a little boring?” I wondered.
“I think the word you’re searching for is consistent.” Ellie smiled.
“Come on, El, you need to make a little effort for the tenth annual Zoe Donovan Halloween Spooktacular,” Levi persuaded.
“Technically we missed last year, so this is only the ninth annual Spooktacular,” Ellie pointed out.
Ellie was right. Normally, I have a party every year, but last year my plans were interrupted by the discovery of a dead football coach in the basement of a real haunted house. The same haunted house, I hate to say, that the Ashton Falls Events Committee voted to use as a venue for this year’s Haunted Hamlet.
“Okay, then don’t you want to make more of an effort for the ninth annual Spooktacular?” Levi corrected himself.
“Fine.” Ellie sighed.
“How about this?” Levi held up a cat costume that was little more than a black unitard with ears and a tail.
“In your dreams.” Ellie laughed. “I’m pretty sure that outfit will leave nothing to the imagination, and personally, I like to maintain just a bit of mystery.”
“Come on; it’s an awesome costume,” Levi insisted.
“Then you wear it.” Ellie grinned as she poked her index finger into his chest.
“It would show off my boyish figure,” Levi teased as he jokingly held it up in front of his sculpted frame. “I have to admit I’m looking quite svelte since I’ve been putting in extra time at the gym so that I can keep up with Darla.”
“Oh please.” Ellie rolled her eyes. I knew that Levi’s new girlfriend was a sore subject with the woman who had suffered the agony of falling in love with a man she would never have.
“Have you seen where they keep the pus?” I asked in an attempt to change the subject and break the tension.
“Pus? Really?” Ellie put her hands on her hips in disgust. “This is the first big party you and Zak have thrown as a couple. Don’t you think you should go for something other than oozing wounds and external entrails?”
“It’s Halloween,” I pointed out. “Zak will expect pus.”
I decided to get into the long line while Zak finished gathering his supplies. At the rate the line was moving, it would be breakfast before it was our turn to check out. As I looked around at the
overstimulated children running up and down the aisles, I thought fondly of my own Halloweens as a child. My dad always dressed up in a gory costume when he took me trick-or-treating. Some years Ellie and Levi would come with us, but there were a few years when it was just the two of us running from house to house so that I could hit as many as possible in the hours between 6 and 9 p.m.
I was nearing the front of the line, so I was looking around the store for Zak when I noticed a man wearing a dark overcoat and a fedora. His attire seemed odd for this decade, so I couldn’t help but watch as he walked slowly up and down each aisle without stopping to look at anything in particular. If I had to guess, he was looking for someone rather than something.
“Do you see that guy in the overcoat?” I asked as Zak walked up beside me. I tried not to cringe as Zak pushed the two heaping carts of Halloween decorations into line. Ellie was right: At the rate Zak was going, our house was going to look like a magical theme park ride.
“The guy walking around aimlessly?” Zak clarified.
“Yeah. He’s acting strange. Do you recognize him?”
“No. He doesn’t look familiar. Maybe he’s a visitor?”
“Maybe. It’s just that my Zodar is tingling.”
Now that I’d solved a total of eight murders in the past year, my friends had started teasing me about having some sort of Zoe Radar—or Zodar for short—when it came to both murder victims and murder suspects. I had to wonder which I was sensing.
“Maybe your Zodar is on the fritz. No one is dead,” Zak pointed out.
“Yet,” I replied.
It's October and Halloween is coming up. Zoe and her friends are at it again. Getting ready for Halloween and all the festivities that will be taking place. But when Adams body is found in the Henderson House it puts a new spin on their planning. Zoe is determined to stay out of the way and the investigation but she just can't help herself and finds herself right in the middle. She has to find out what happened and who did it before the Haunted House really becomes haunted! What a fantastic read for the season you will be drawn into the story instantly and if you love Halloween and all things fall than this is a book you will want to read!
Books by Kathi Daley
Come for the murder, stay for the romance.
Paradise Lake Series:
Pumpkins in Paradise
Snowmen in Paradise
Bikinis in Paradise
Christmas in Paradise – September 2014
Zoe Donovan Mysteries:
The Trouble With Turkeys
Big Bunny Bump-off
Beach Blanket Barbie
Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies – October 2014
Christmas Cozy – November 2014
Road to Christmas Romance:
Road to Christmas Past
Kathi Daley lives with her husband, kids, grandkids, and Bernese mountain dogs in beautiful Lake Tahoe. When she isn’t writing, she likes to read (preferably at the beach or by the fire), cook (preferably something with chocolate or cheese), and garden (planting and planning, not weeding). She also enjoys spending time on the water when she’s not hiking, biking, or snowshoeing the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home.
Kathi uses the mountain setting in which she lives, along with the animals (wild and domestic) that share her home, as inspiration for her cozy mysteries.
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