Get Your Ghost On!


Tis the season and today’s the day! Shadowland, book 4 in the Ravencrest Saga, is out now!: amzn.to/39edNx5 Something ancient stirs in the Raven Woods … A creature out of the darkest fairy tales calls to Thad and Cynthia, seducing them with promises of gingerbread and magick. Belinda must keep them safe, but her patienceContinue reading “Get Your Ghost On!”

Fog Hides the Fury by Paula Minton


Fog Hides the Fury, Paula Minton, 1967 My favorite quote: “I could snap my fingers and suddenly the gray strands of fog would begin to curl around my body in a strange and mystical garment.”  Notable characters: Arlene Dade, a young woman who inherits a house of unhappiness; Alan Caswell, the handsome with mysterious intentionsContinue reading “Fog Hides the Fury by Paula Minton”

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin


Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin, 1967 My favorite quote: “She opened her eyes and looked into yellow furnace-eyes, smelled sulphur and tannis root, felt wet breath on her mouth, heard lust-grunts and the breathing of onlookers.” Notable characters: Rosemary Woodhouse, the mother; Guy Woodhouse, her husband; Minnie and Roman Castavet, their strange, flamboyant neighbors Most memorableContinue reading “Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin”

Second Child by John Saul


Second Child, John Saul, 1990 My favorite quote: “But though her lips smiled warmly as she accepted the embrace, her eyes — had anyone noticed — betrayed an emotionless chill.” Notable characters: Melissa Holloway, a shy young girl; Teri MacIver, her older half-sister; D’Arcy, Melissa’s not-so-imaginary friend; Phyllis Holloway, the horrible mother; Charles, the excruciatinglyContinue reading “Second Child by John Saul”

In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton


In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, Mary Beth Norton, 2002  My favorite quote: “They believed that, in the colony, they lived in a moral and spiritual wilderness, corruption on all sides, and this made them particularly vigilant, even paranoid, when it came to threats, either real or perceived.” Notable characters: BridgetContinue reading “In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton”

Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts


Midnight Bayou, Nora Roberts, 2002 My favorite quote: “From this nice, safe distance, I’ve realized I actually like my family.” Notable characters: Declan Fitzgerald, the handyman; Lena Simone, the bar owner; Miss Odette, Lena’s grandmother Most memorable scene: The tragedy of Lucian and Abigail in the beginning. That’s what drew me into the story andContinue reading “Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts”

The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz


The Sentinel, Jeffrey Konvitz, 1974 My favorite quote: “My dear Miss Parker, aside from the old priest, and now you, no one has lived in that building for three years!” Notable characters: Alison Parker, the new tenant; Michael, her boyfriend; Charles Chazen, her strangle little neighbor; Gatz, the detective; Miss Logan, the realtor; Father Halliran,Continue reading “The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz”

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton


Guilty Pleasures, Laurell K. Hamilton, 1993 (book 1 of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series) My favorite quote: “Most hatred is based on fear, one way or another.” Notable characters: Anita Blake, the animator/vampire hunter; Nikolaos, the Master vampire of St. Louis; Jean-Claude, owner of Guilty Pleasures, a vampire strip club Most memorable scene: ForContinue reading “Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton”

Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell


Cold Moon Over Babylon, Michael McDowell, 1980 My favorite quote: “Two cars had passed in the last ten minutes: the fishing hearse and the car from Alabama. Why didn’t someone else come along? How could that happen within sight of her own house?”  Notable characters: Margaret Larkin, a fourteen-year-old girl; Jerry, her brother; Everlyn, theirContinue reading “Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell”

Killer Triggers by Joe Kenda


Killer Triggers: Murder Comes Down to Sex, Drugs, or Money, Joe Kenda, 2021 (non-fiction) My favorite quote: “They say life is random. Death has it beat.” Notable characters: Lt. Joe Kenda, the retired homicide detective Most memorable scene: When a sweet little girl kicks Kenda right in the shin for (rightfully) sending her daddy toContinue reading “Killer Triggers by Joe Kenda”

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911 My favorite quote: “That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic …” Notable characters: Mary Lennox, a lonely 10-year-old; Mrs. Medlock, the housekeeper; Dickon, her friend; Colin, a sickly boy Most memorable scene: When Mary discovers Colin Greatest strengths: Description  Standout achievements: Its ability to pull inContinue reading “The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett”

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig


The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Laird Koenig, 1974 My favorite quote: “The night, a living presence, was in constant motion, shifting itself, sighing, breathing. She wondered if perhaps it, too, was trying to get warm.” Notable characters: Rynn Jacobs, the young protagonist; Mrs. Hallett, the too-inquisitive landlady; Frank Hallet, her son, theContinue reading “The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig”

The Black Wasp is Available in Audiobook!


Just in time for Halloween, The Black Wasp, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, is available at Audible.com!: https://adbl.co/3EpKKon Something is coming.Cade Colter is dealing with a group of fanatical vampire killers even as he grieves the death of his girlfriend at the fangs of his own brother. His life is inContinue reading “The Black Wasp is Available in Audiobook!”

Violin by Anne Rice


Violin, Anne Rice, 1997 My favorite quote: “Dig deep, deep, my soul, to find the heart – the blood, the heat, the shrine and resting place.” Notable characters: Triana, a grieving widow; Stefan, the ghostly violinist; Katrinka, Triana’s sister; Karl, Triana’s deceased husband Most memorable scene: When Triana lies down with Karl for the lastContinue reading “Violin by Anne Rice”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, 1847 My favorite quote: “If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.” Notable characters: Heathcliff, the brooding bad boy, Catherine, the obstinate bad girl Most memorable scene: Mr. Lockwood’s dream about Cathy. Spooky, good stuff Greatest strengths: Atmosphere. A lotContinue reading “Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte”

The Nanny by Dan Greenburg


The Nanny, Dan Greenburg, 1987 My favorite quote: “Something was happening to Phil, his wife and his baby, something hideous, and Phil was still trying to understand what it was and what to do about it and how people as normal and nice as they were could have had such a thing happen to them.”Continue reading “The Nanny by Dan Greenburg”

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist, 2004 My favorite quote: “She showed her true face – there was something in it that was… Pure Horror.” Notable characters: Oskar, the bullied 12-year-old; Eli, a centuries-old vampire trapped in a 12-year-old’s body; Hakan, the former teacher who helps her get blood Most memorable scene: HakanContinue reading “Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist”

The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs


The Figure in the Shadows (book 2 of the Lewis Barnavelt series), John Bellairs, 1975 My favorite quote: “The figure walked forward, out of the lamplight. Now it was standing before Lewis. Lewis smelled something. He smelled cold ashes. Cold, wet ashes.” Notable characters: Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan; Rose Rita, his friend; Jonathan, his uncle,Continue reading “The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs”

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious


Peyton Place, Grace Metalious, 1956 My favorite quote: “The public loves to create a hero. Sometimes I think they do it for the sheer joy of knocking him down from the highest peak. Like a child who builds a house of blocks and then destroys it with one vicious kick.” Notable characters: Allison MacKenzie, aContinue reading “Peyton Place by Grace Metalious”

Rose Madder by Stephen King


Rose Madder, Stephen King, 1995 My favorite quote: “Sometimes men had to learn what it was to be afraid of a woman.” Notable characters: Rose McClendon Daniels, the woman beginning a new life; Norman Daniels, the husband who won’t allow it Most memorable scene: When Rose sees that single drop of blood when she’s makingContinue reading “Rose Madder by Stephen King”

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig, 1974 My favorite quote: “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.” Notable characters: Phaedrus, the narrator’s former self Most memorable scene: No single scene really stands out for meContinue reading “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig”

The Color Purple by Alice Walker


The Color Purple, Alice Walker, 1982 My favorite quote: “I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way…I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to…” Notable characters: Celie, a fourteen-year-old girl; Nettie,Continue reading “The Color Purple by Alice Walker”

Ghost Walk by Heather Graham


Ghost Walk, Heather Graham, 2005 My favorite quote: “ … you can get the same feeling at a Civil War battle site — even with all the bodies removed. I guess it’s a way of feeling the past, of history, people, the emotions. Remnants of the lives that were lived there, lost there.”  Notable characters:Continue reading “Ghost Walk by Heather Graham”

They Thirst by Robert McCammon


They Thirst, Robert McCammon, 1981 My favorite quote: “Well, look around. Just look. Have you ever considered the possibility that God might be insane?” Notable characters: Andy, the detective; the Roach, a rapist and murderer; Gayle, a reporter; Rico, a gangster Most memorable scene: When the albino opens fire in that bar in Texas GreatestContinue reading “They Thirst by Robert McCammon”

Thornyhold by Mary Stewart


Thornyhold, Mary Stewart, 1988 My favorite quote: “I had always been content to know that there was more in the living world than we could hope to understand.” Notable characters: Geillis Ramsey, the heir; Thornyhold, the cottage she inherits; Christopher Dryden, the widowed writer; Agnes Trapp, a mysterious local Most memorable scene: The pigeons inContinue reading “Thornyhold by Mary Stewart”