A Deadly Brew

A Deadly Brew

by Lynn Cahoon

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Overview

As Halloween approaches South Cove, California, four couples get into the spirit of the holiday by conjuring up spirits. . .
 
The house has sat empty for fifteen years, taking up prime real estate along the picturesque coastline. Built by one of the founders of South Cove, its last known owner, Maryanne Demerit, vanished without a trace. Now her home will be demolished for a condo development, but until then, it’s the perfect spot for a Halloween haunted house.
 
Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, her boyfriend, and three other couples are spending the weekend in the Demerit home. But what begins as an all-in-good-fun fright fest turns into a mystery begging to be solved as Jill is contacted by the ghost of Maryanne . . .
 
Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries
 
“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.”
—Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries
 
“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.”
Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516108206
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 5,116
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small-town life she now loves to write about. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series, won the 2015 Reader’s Crown award for Mystery Fiction. Visit her at www.lynncahoon.com

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CHAPTER 1

Brightly colored paper fall leaves and gauze ghosts hung in the air on thin wires all around Coffee, Books, and More. I'd hit my head on more than one low-hanging happy ghoul since Sasha and Aunt Jackie had decorated for tomorrow's Halloween party. Of course, we'd had some seasonal decorations up since the calendar had turned from September to October, but now my bookstore/coffee shop looked like the Great Pumpkin had arrived a few days too early.

I'm Jill Gardner and I'm the owner of the only bookstore in South Cove, California. I'd say the only coffee shop too, but some of the old-timers and farmers still go to Diamond Lille's to drink her coffee and gossip. Which is fine with me. I don't need a group hanging around in the morning asking for free refills and interrupting my time. You see, the morning shift is mine, and after the commuters leave, I get a lot of reading done. I call it research. My aunt calls it being lazy.

I had the weekend off — as soon as I could finish up the list of tasks my aunt had given me to help prepare for the kids' party we were hosting on Saturday. All the stores were having all-day trick or treating, but the day ended at our bookstore where we had several spooky readings scheduled along with other fun activities for the local children.

"And you're sure we have enough apples for the bobbing tub?" My aunt glanced at the bags of groceries I'd brought in from my trip to Bakerstown. I'd almost emptied their candy shelves and had bought as many small apples as I could find. Sasha was still bringing in gallons of apple cider for the party.

"If we don't, it's too late now." I moved the bags closer to the tile floor where we'd set up the station. "Besides, we didn't have that many kids come by last year. We should be good."

"All of Olivia's classmates are coming with their parents. The day care sent home Darla's promotional flyer with the kids. They think it's a great alternative for trick or treating. Olivia's so looking forward to wearing her fairy princess costume. You're going to miss a great party." Sasha set four gallons of cider on the counter. "Your car is empty. I'm leaving these here for a bit because I have to make room in the walk-in. It's full."

"Sadie already dropped off the treats?" I felt disappointed. I'd hoped to see my friend when she stopped in. Between her baking schedule for Pies on the Fly and my work schedule, we hadn't even seen each other, much less had time for coffee and chat, for over a month.

"About an hour ago. She said for you to give her a call on Monday." Aunt Jackie grabbed the list of to-dos from my hand. "Looks like you're done. And just in time too."

I started to ask her what she'd meant, but then I saw Greg coming into the shop. Greg King was the police detective for South Cove and my boyfriend. A smile curved his full and totally kissable lips as he saw me watching his approach.

"You have got to be ready by now." He gave me a quick kiss, then leaned over to kiss my aunt on the cheek. "Good afternoon, Jackie. Please tell me that Jill can come play with me? We have dinner plans with the group before we head over to the lock-in."

"You make it sound so romantic." I swatted his arm. "Besides, I just got done."

Greg looked up at the ghost swaying in the air-conditioned breeze. "I should hope so. I don't think you could cram any more Halloween decorations in the shop if you tried."

Sasha grinned at him. "Aren't those great? My daughter's preschool has them all over the lobby too. That way the kids get decorations, but they are totally out of reach. Childproof ghosts."

I wasn't sure that Greg agreed with Sasha's evaluation of the décor, but he wouldn't be here for the party. Aunt Jackie, Sasha, and Toby were in charge for the weekend. Greg and I'd be locked up with three other couples in South Cove's version of a real haunted house. The mansion was a few miles out of town on the coastline and overlooked the ocean. In a few weeks, the city was tearing the house down and selling the land to a condo developer. With what they charged for those types of places, this was the only time I'd be able to sleep that close to the waves unless I took a sleeping bag out to the beach. I watched as Greg formulated his response. Ever the politician, even though he swore he wouldn't go into politics even on a dare.

"It's very thoughtful. I don't think I've ever considered the childproofing aspect of a Halloween party," Greg said, which was totally true. The only child he'd ever had to take care of was his brat of an ex-wife, Sherry. And she only acted like she was a child. "Are we ready then?"

I grabbed a couple of books off the counter where I'd set them and tucked them into my purse. "I'm ready to be scared."

"You're planning on having time to read?" Greg took my arm and led me out to the front where his truck was parked. He'd stopped by that morning to get my duffel for the weekend and pick up the key for Toby. Toby was babysitting Emma while we were gone. Emma liked Toby. He took her for runs on the beach just as often as I did. When you have a golden retriever, you have to keep them busy so they don't eat the couch pillows. Which was my dog's favorite pastime when I was out of the house.

"Aloud, maybe. I picked out three of the scariest books I know. I have King's classic The Shining, another by the master, Salem's Lot, and one from Peter Straub, appropriately called Ghost Story. They might be old, but they're darn scary." I climbed into the truck and waited for him to close the door and come around the other side. This being treated like a princess had its advantages. "I didn't order enough of The Haunting of Hill House and the store was sold out by the time I started grabbing."

"Shirley Jackson. Now that's a classic horror story." Greg started the engine and moved into traffic. "I hear, though, you should have put some witchcraft books in your tote. Toby said the old woman who lived there before was a witch."

"I think that's a legend. Besides, witches aren't that scary." I pawed through the grocery sack that held our junk food for the weekend. "Didn't you buy Reese's Pumpkins? I swear they're the best."

We spent the rest of the short ride to the house debating which Halloween candy was superior. I knew I would win this round mostly because Greg was a big candy corn fan. Like that was even a real candy. Amy and Justin had already parked and were standing outside Justin's SUV, drinking bottled water and watching the house.

Amy Newman was my best friend. She'd been dating Justin, who was a professor from the local college, for the last few years. They fit each other's personality to a T. They both loved surfing, staying in shape, and, for some strange reason, international soccer. Amy had made noises that there was going to be some sort of big game on Sunday, but Justin had promised he'd record the game so they wouldn't miss it.

As we got out of the truck, the men greeted each other with that half handshake, half hug with a backslap thing they did. "They're doing the bro thing," I whispered to Amy as she gave me a real hug. Like a real friend.

"Men. At least they're not going around marking their territory."

That got me giggling and Greg and Justin stared at me.

"I think we're being judged." Greg glanced at Justin, who had picked up a piece of machinery from the roof of the SUV. "Hey, what's that you have?"

"The electronics department let me borrow an EMF electromagnetic field detector that's been set at safe range. This baby won't bleed off on power lines. It will only register real live ghosts." He started explaining the different gauges and gadgets.

"Real live ghosts?" Amy stood next to Justin and watched him play with the meter. "Isn't that a misnomer?"

"Well, if there is anything going on in that house, this will pick it up." Greg grinned at me. "Can I have one of these for my birthday?" "Sure, why not. I'll get it ordered off Ghosthunters.com." I glanced out to the road. "Esmeralda's late. I expected Darla to come flying in right before we're locked in, but I guess I thought Esmeralda would be anxious to hang out in the haunted house."

"Actually, she's pretty hesitant about coming. If her boyfriend hadn't insisted, I don't think she would have joined us." Amy opened a bag of salt-and-vinegar potato chips and held it toward me. "Want one?"

I grabbed a handful, then paused. Amy's words had finally sunk in. "Wait, Esmeralda has a boyfriend? I thought she was just bringing one of her fortune-telling friends."

"I thought you knew. He's been visiting for a week. Tall, dark, handsome." She saw Justin looking at her. "What? He's come into city hall several times to get her for lunch."

"I thought that was her brother." Greg frowned. "I'm pretty sure that's what she said."

Amy cocked her head, watching me. "Maybe I misunderstood. But Jake has been in town for a week and you haven't even noticed someone staying at your neighbor's house?"

I was starting to feel uncomfortable with the questions. "She has people over there all the time. How do I know who goes and who stays?"

Two cars pulled onto the narrow dirt driveway, one after the other. "Anyway, I guess we'll find out more this weekend. There they are."

I watched as Matt Randall parked Darla's car next to Greg's truck. The other driver, who must have been Jake, pulled what looked like a brand-new Land Rover next to Justin's car. Esmeralda came out of the passenger side and paused by the driver's door as Jake climbed out. I saw her whisper something to him and squeeze his arm.

As they walked toward the group, Greg made the first move. "Greg King. I'm Esmeralda's boss and this is my girlfriend, Jill Gardner."

"Jake Gold." He reached out his hand and shook first with Greg, then me. "I'm happy to be included in your little adventure."

"Amy Newman and this is my boy toy, Justin." Amy laughed as Justin blushed. "So nice to meet you, Jake."

Darla and Matt came around the truck and finished up the introductions. Then Jake stepped closer to Justin. "Is that an EMF meter?"

The men all gathered around Justin and his new toy. Jill glanced at the still locked door. "Who has the key?"

Darla glanced at her watch. "The caretaker is supposed to meet us here right at six. We better take off for the restaurant soon."

"Thanks for setting this up. I'm excited to go exploring." I moved over to where Greg and the boys were talking. "Do we want to squeeze into a couple of cars and leave the rest of them here?"

"Sounds good." Jake nodded to the Land Rover. "I have a second back seat, so we could all fit in mine. If you don't mind squeezing together."

"Jill, Esmeralda, and I will climb in the back." Amy started directing people to the SUV. "Darla, you sit up front with Jake so he knows where to go. Boys, you get the middle seats."

In no time at all we were at the restaurant, unloading as quickly as Amy had us loaded. The steakhouse was a favorite of Greg's and I knew exactly what I was going to order. I went over to meet him as we walked into the place. We held back and let the rest of the couples go ahead.

When we were alone, he put his arm around me. "Having fun?" "I like this group. Honestly, I wasn't quite sure I wanted to spend our weekend with such a large group. And for almost three days? I'm still not sure about that." I paused at the door. "Jake seems nice."

"He does. But he has a handgun tucked under the driver's seat. I'm not sure why he's carrying." Greg held his hand on the door handle. "I'm planning on talking to him before we go in and making sure it stays locked in the car."

"That would be a good thing." I started to pull the door open, but Greg held it tight. I turned and waited. "You want something, Ace?"

"I can't believe I'm going to ask this, but yes." He ran a hand through his sandy blond hair. "Would you talk to Esmeralda and find out what you can about our new friend? I don't want to be sideswiped if there's trouble."

I felt my smile curve my lips. I probably looked like an idiot. Or a happy-face clown. I kissed him quickly on the lips. "Of course, dear. Anything for you."

Greg didn't like me snooping, but he knew I was good at it. By the time we left the house on Sunday afternoon, I'd know everything about Jake Gold, including his shoe size and who he took to the senior prom. This investigating thing was a piece of cake.

I didn't get the chance to even talk to Esmeralda during dinner. She and Jake were telling stories of growing up together in New Orleans. Since I hadn't known anything about Esmeralda's past, I was fascinated with Jake's stories. However, even I could tell that there were bits and pieces that had been wiped out or changed to be, what, more generic? One thing was clear; they'd been good friends during their childhoods. And it sounded like their childhood hadn't been so rosy.

"I didn't know you grew up in New Orleans." Amy cut a bite off her porterhouse. "I always stay in the French Quarter. It's so alive down there, no matter what the time. Although I did feel like I'd just missed the most amazing party when I walked through the streets."

"It is an active place." Esmeralda shot a glance at Jake and he nodded. I saw the exchange and knew that story time was over. "It's hard to be a kid there though. So let's change the subject. How'd you get us into the house, Darla? I thought it was condemned."

"Actually, no. It's been taken over by the city, not condemned. The place is well built so even after sitting empty so many years, it's in great shape. It's a shame they're tearing it down." Darla piled more sour cream on her baked potato. "I talked the mayor into selling nights at the haunted house to support the school supply fund. Your money is going to help kids in our district whose families can't afford to buy their supplies."

"Are we the first to stay here?" Halloween was two weeks away but on a Tuesday. Aunt Jackie had wanted to hold the party next weekend, but the council had set up the date so as not to conflict with Bakerstown's party.

"No. It's been rented out since September 30. We got two nights because the mayor owed me a favor. And I finally got him to pay up." Darla made a face and I wondered if this favor had been when Darla saved the town from the mayor's wife messing up the holiday festival last year. "Anyway, when the former owner disappeared, the house went into receivership and some bank made the tax payments until a few years ago when the trust ran out of money."

"Then one of the mayor's buddies picked the property up for a song," Amy added to the story. "But one of the council requirements to sign off on the sale was that the builder allow for this charity fund-raising event. If not for Bill Sullivan, the house would already be gone and the school wouldn't have the supply money. I know it's not much, but it's something to a kid who needs a backpackor notebooks."

Justin held up his beer. "Here's to supporting education. Smarter kids make smarter adults and we all benefit."

By the time we got back to the house, the group had accepted Jake as one of our own. I knew Greg still had his doubts and as we stood with our bags, waiting for the caretaker to let us in, I saw him pull Jake to the side. Relief filled me when I saw Jake nod, apparently agreeing to keep the weapon in his car. Our Halloween party didn't need a weapon brought into the lockdown.

Darla looked at her watch for the third or fourth time. I'd lost count. "He should have been here by now. It's ten after. Maybe I should call him."

"Give the guy a break. Maybe he's stuck in traffic. You know how the highway can get this time of day." Matt rubbed Darla's shoulders. "Besides, I'm not really looking forward to being locked in. Greg, the fire department does know we're here, just in case something happens like the zombie apocalypse, right?"

"You think the fire department is going to save you from zombies?" Justin shook his head. "I've got my own supply kit in my car, just in case. And besides, the only thing that might happen to us this weekend is we run out of beer too early."

Greg let down his tailgate. "If we run out of beer, you all need to quit drinking. I've got enough in the truck for a small football stadium."

"Now that's what I'm talking about." Jake slapped Greg on the back. "And who says cops don't have a sense of volume."

"Um, no one?" Esmeralda shook her head. "Jake, that doesn't even make sense."

"I don't really care as long as there's enough beer." Matt moved toward the truck. "Let's get this unloaded and stacked near the opening. Darla's got a couple of coolers filled with food in our car. We can get everything unloaded, and by the time we're done, the caretaker will probably have shown up."

(Continues…)


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A Deadly Brew 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve really enjoyed the series but this little novella was a waste of my time, only 75 pages, half of the story is descriptions of food, the other half a silly story that abruptly ends with the instigator just showing up at the house, made no sense to me. I hope the next three novellas are better. Also, not sure where this story is suppose to fit in the series, but Gregg is not living with Skye in this book, but in the last book they lived together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What happened? I loved the Tourist Trap series and started reading the Cat Latimer series. The last couple books in both series have been awful and way too short. Plus it's like the author forgot what happened in the previous books in the series. Didn't Sasha leave and didn't Greg move in with Jill? Those are just a couple examples. I am SO sorry I pre-ordered more of her books in the series. If I could figure out how to unorder them I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring. Short story could have been a book. Been more exciting ifthey founda body in the old mansion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storyline. Kept your interest. I only wish she would write a full book instead of a novella of her CA family.?
Anonymous 30 days ago
Fresh+take+on+a+haunted+house
Anonymous 3 months ago
Story was way to short, more like a pamphlet than a book. May try another story but if it isn't any longer or more interesting I won't purchase any others.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It isn't a terrible story, but it is rushed. Hardly able to actually consider it a book. I probably won't buy the other novellas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 Really enjoyed the story. Hope Jake appears in other stories.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Halloween is coming to South Cove, California and Jill and the gang are getting into the spirit with a weekend getaway...to a haunted house! When they arrive they learn more about the former owner who disappeared 15 years ago, and decides to pay Jill a visit and wants her to share the truth. While a Halloween story, this one will appeal to all of us ghost and paranormal lovers! It's short story, so light a fire, grab something to drink and curl up with this one....but you might want to keep a light on!
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this Halloween story. For being a short story, it had a great storyline. This was my first time reading from this series. It made me want to start the series from the beginning. This one reads like a standalone.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
This is a great story to get you in the Halloween spirit. Jill and her boyfriend Greg, along with three other couples, spend two nights in a run down, spooky old house rumored to be owned by a witch. This short story allows fans of the long running series a chance to get to know the quirky character Esmeralda better. A quick, fun read!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
A slightly spooky read, perfect for a quick visit to South Cove. In a soon to be torn down house, Jill, Greg and friends find themselves signed up for a weekend lock-in inside the purportedly haunted house. The owner, Maryanne Demerit, having disappeared without a trace years earlier. This was an ideal October read filled with a lot of twists for such a short story. Fans of the series will enjoy this, plus I think it would be a great way to introduce new readers to this small town.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting Halloween novella in the Tourist Trap Cozy Series.Jill and friends are spending the weekend at a "Haunted House" that is scheduled to be demolished. The owner of the home disappeared 15 years earlier and has never been heard from again. Esmeralda uses her psychic abilities to find clues to this missing woman. If you have not read any other books in this series, this book might feel a bit rushed as you would not know the characters and this book does not give much information in that area. I have read them all and found this a quick and interesting story. There is no murder that they are solving, but more of a mystery. A nice story to keep me interested while waiting for the next full length novel to come out. The publisher, Kensington Books - Lyrical Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
K_Kendler More than 1 year ago
A perfect novella that is packed with intrigue and mystery. This book is set in a haunted house, with four couples being locked in for 48 hours. The story was interesting and I was surprised with the reveal. This author never disappoints me. I finished it in one sitting. This is a standalone story but is more enjoyable if you’ve read any in the series. I liked that we learned a little more about Esmerelda. I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Deadly Brew by Lynn Cahoon is A Tourist Trap Novella. Jill Gardner owns Coffee, Books and More in South Cove, California. Halloween is approaching, and Jill has various activities planned at the store for her patrons. This weekend, though, Jill and her boyfriend, Greg along with three other couples are going to spend the weekend inside South Cove’s “haunted” mansion. The house has been empty for the last fifteen years since Maryanne Demerit, the last owner, disappeared without a trace. This is the last opportunity for people to see the home before it is demolished for a new condo development. The house has been left as it was when Maryanne went missing. That night they break out the Ouija board and get a ghostly missive. It is just the first. It seems that someone is sending the group messages with clues. What will they uncover? The group is in for a hauntingly good time while locked inside the spooky manor. A Deadly Brew is a well-written and engaging cozy mystery. I do not recommend reading A Deadly Brew on its own. The series contains well-developed characters and a charming small town. Lynn Cahoon created a ghostly short story that I found charming. The mystery is light and can easily be solved before the solution is revealed. However, that did not detract from my reading pleasure. I do wish the story had been slightly longer to allow the mystery to be more developed (twenty-five pages would have made a difference). A Deadly Brew is reminiscent of my favorite scary movie, Rose Red (starring Nancy Travis). A Deadly Brew is short, fun cozy mystery that will put you in the mood for Halloween (I want to start decorating). I cannot wait for the next installment in A Tourist Trap Mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was entertaining and I enjoyed it.
PrincessGlor More than 1 year ago
This was another fun trip to South Cove to see the gang and solve a decades old mystery. This was an interesting story set in abandoned old house where the woman that lived there disappeared years before. This story has a definite ghost angle which wasn’t my favorite aspect but the story kept my attention and kept me guessing. Looking forward to my next trip to South Cove. I was provided this book through NetGalley. I was not required to post a positive review and all thoughts are my own.
PrincessGlor More than 1 year ago
This was another fun trip to South Cove to see the gang and solve a decades old mystery. This was an interesting story set in abandoned old house where the woman that lived there disappeared years before. This story has a definite ghost angle which wasn’t my favorite aspect but the story kept my attention and kept me guessing. Looking forward to my next trip to South Cove. I was provided this book through NetGalley. I was not required to post a positive review and all thoughts are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all the Tourist Trap Mysteries and this novella was no exception. The book was a fast read, but had an interesting mystery that drew me in. I also liked learning a little more about the residents of South Cove.
ArleneArredondo More than 1 year ago
This is a great novella to start the fall season and get in the Halloween spirit. Fun characters and an intriguing plot, make this a fast and enjoyable read. Note: I received an ARC for review purposes and an honest and unbiased opinion.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More in South Cove, California is joining her boyfriend and three other couples in staying overnight at a supposed haunted house. The house was once owned by Maryanne Demerit, a healer who mysteriously disappeared one night. After they arrive, Jill experiences some suspicious activity, and decides to investigate. Can she find out what really happened to Maryanne before the old house is demolished? It is wonderful when an author can write so well that a novella can have the same intensity, character development, and plot twists as a full length novel. I think this would be a great read for any cozy mystery lover looking for some spooky Halloween fun. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
A Deadly Brew is a great addition to the Tourist Trap series. This has been a fun and enjoyable series to read and I look forward to reading more in the future. Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More in South Cove, California, seems like an old friend. When she, her boyfriend police detective Greg King, best friend Amy and her boyfriend Justin along with fortune teller Esmeralda and others decide to spend the weekend in a lovely old mansion on the coast that is about to be demolished so that condos can be built, things get a little crazy. It is almost Halloween and the house is supposed to be haunted so the gang is ready for some spooky fun. The former owner of the house disappeared fifteen years ago. No one has seen Maryanne Demerit but maybe her ghost will appear to the group. Maybe they can figure out what happened to her. This is a cute novella that is a quick read in the same style we have come to expect from Lynn Cahoon and the South Cove gang. I received a complimentary ARC from Lyrical Press and Kensington Books through NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions are mine only.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
Intriguing Halloween novella in the Tourist Trap Cozy Series. Esmeralda uses her psychic abilities to find clues to a missing woman and a child. I thought this short story was absorbing and fast-paced. Never a dull moment! Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, joins her police officer boyfriend, Greg, and three other couples for a weekend stay in a haunted house where there are mysterious goings-on. The mystery is great! I love this series and highly recommend it to other readers. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Lyrical Press. Thank you.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
A Deadly Brew by Lynn Cahoon was another delightful visit to South Cove for Halloween. In this novella Jill and Greg with three other couples spend a weekend in a haunted house. The owner of the home disappeared several years ago and the city has sold the house to developers. Being a novella, we delve into the mystery right away. Jill has contact with the missing owner through a dream and is now determined to solve the woman's disappearance. With all of the couples searching for clues it doesn't take long to find out the history and begin to put the clues together. This was an absorbing little mystery and I always love visiting South Cove. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.