When it comes to solving mysteries, it isn’t unusual for the Smart Guys Marching Society--with the exception of Isaac, of course--to be totally at sea. I must admit, until one particular Sunday afternoon last spring, I never thought this would be literally true...
“Gentlemen, a toast,” Bill proclaimed, raising a glass of fine Merlot. “To me.”
Mark, Fred, Isaac and I dutifully raised our glasses and clinked crystal. After all, how could we decline? We were dining in splendor at one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles, and Bill was picking up the check
“Do any of you guys believe in ghosts?” Fred asked, nursing his second Jack Daniels on the rocks. He stood at the small wet-bar in a corner of my game room.
“Define your terms,” Mark said. “You mean actual ghosts? Apparitions of the dead that haunt the living? Like Casper. Or Keith Richards?”
This is the second story in the Smart Guys mystery series written by Dennis Palumbo, which first appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. There are nine Smart Guys mysteries--watch for more here in KRL in the future.