Town Haunts is the second novel in the Anna Nolan mystery series by author Cathy Spencer. The tagline - "It takes a witch to catch a ghost" - sums up the novel well, although don't get the wrong idea that it's your average horror-story material. It is a well-written suspenseful mystery with enough drama, romance, and thrills to keep me entertained from chapter to chapter. Cathy's writing and attention to detail made it easy for me to get invested in the characters and stay emerged in the story.
The story is set in a small town where everybody knows one another, which in itself made the book really interesting for me. I enjoyed learning about each character's relationship to one another and the history that got them to where they are in the present. The book is also set in October, right before Halloween, in crisp Autumn weather - making this the perfect time to read the book. It's aptly described as a "cozy mystery" and was a great read while cuddled up and sipping spiced apple tea.
Just to give you an idea of what the book is all about, here is the synopsis of Town Haunts:
Cemetery caretaker Sherman Mason is horrified to hear his dead wife calling to him from her grave. He asks newcomer Tiernay Rae, a gorgeous witch and proprietor of the Healing Hands store, to hold a séance to find out what’s troubling his wife’s ghost. Tiernay needs a coven to focus her powers, however, so her roguish brother, Greg, suggests that Anna Nolan and her two friends help ‒ “the maiden, the mother, and the crone” as he calls them. But with Halloween fast approaching and the séance unleashing a malicious evil in the small town of Crane, can Tiernay stop it before someone gets hurt, or even killed?
Honestly, I was very impressed with Cathy's writing and her ability to be descriptive enough to draw the reader into the story but not overly descriptive that it gets distracting. She is an independent writer with her own publishing company, Comely Press, and I would love to read her other stories as well.
I highly recommend this book, especially to read in the Fall season. It was hard to put down! It is available as an ebook or a printed version on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and iTunes.
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