by Sandra Murphy
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Mary Turner Catlin has asked the Ducote sisters, An’gel and Dickce, to visit her family home, now a B&B. This is their downtime when no guests are on hand. Mary Turner believes her house, like many Southern homes, is haunted, and she wants the sister’s advice. Unusual things happen now and again at the Ducote house. An’gel is sure there’s a good reason for them while Dickce is more inclined to believe in an invisible presence. On hand are Marty Turner, her husband Henry Howard, a frustrated writer and Marcelline, the housekeeper. Benjy, ward of the sisters plus their dog Peanut and cat Endora, accompany the sisters.
Although this is to be a visit of old family friends with a little ghost hunting mixed in, things don’t go according to plan when Nathan, a distant (very distant) cousin shows up and expects to spend some time at the house. He’s of a mind that his ancestor left a will stating his side of the family should have the treasures from what is called the French Room. Even though it means An’gel has to move, he insists on sleeping there.
To add more disruption, Nathan’s sister, Serenity, and her lawyer, Truss Wilbanks, a close friend of Nathan’s, arrive to demand Nathan release funds from a trust so Serenity can provide a stable home for her children. Stable is not a word that comes immediately to mind where Serenity is concerned. She’s rude, obnoxious, and disrespectful to all.
Mrs. Primrose Pace is the next to invade the house. She says she’s a psychic and the spirits told her to come. Mary Turner is welcoming, Henry Howard thinks she’s a fraud. Considering the cold spots, mysterious shadows, moved objects and more, they let her stay, just in case she’s for real.
When Nathan is found dead in his bed the next morning, everyone hopes it was murder. An’gel and Dickce have experience with murder investigations so they try to find out more about the others. The burning question is not who would want Nathan dead, but who could have gotten into his locked room? Motives are abundant since Nathan withheld funds from Serenity, shared a secret with Truss, and threatened Mary Turner’s home. The sisters realize someone in the house is a killer.
An’gel and Dickce sometimes squabble but never for long. Benji is a welcome addition to help them with research on the computer, to care for the pets they rescued, and to drive them around (Miss Dickce drives eighty miles an hour everywhere she goes). Southern charm oozes onto every page, from the names of the characters, the food Marcelline serves, and descriptions of stately homes.
This is the fourth book in the series, a spinoff of the Cat in the Stack series featuring Charlie and Diesel, his Maine Coon cat. There are eight books in that series. Looking for a gift for an avid reader for the holidays? A dozen chances to visit the South would make a great stocking stuffer.
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