Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner:
A Ghost Writer Mystery
Print Length: 393 pages
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Cam Shaw is hoping that her life will be ghost-free from now on. But that hope dies with the appearance of Mac “the Faker” Green, a wise-cracking ghost from Vegas who has followed her grandmother home. And during the opening night of Blithe Spirit, someone has sent Susan Ingram to her ghostly afterlife. What does her death have to do with the death of her mother-in-law fifty years ago? Who is trying to wipe out the Ingram family one person at a time? And when will that Vegas ghost stop sticking his nose into Cam’s business?
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Mike put the key in the ignition turned the key, but nothing happened. “What the heck?” he muttered as he tried to start the truck again.
“I just replaced it about a month ago.”
“Maybe one of the cables came loose. It’s happened to me before.”
I left my bag in the truck as we got out. Mike popped the hood and looked at the battery cables. “You’re right, one of them is loose,” he said, pushing it back into place.
I heard a small click when he did that “What was that?”
“What was what?”
“I heard a clicking sound when you pushed the cable back on.”
“Are you sure?”
Mike started checking the cables and the area around the battery. “Oh, hell,” he said, “get back.”
“What’s the matter?” I said, leaning in to get a closer look.
He grabbed my arm and pulled me away from the truck. “Give me a minute,” he said, walking to the driver’s side of the truck. Lying on his back, he slid under the truck. It wasn’t long before I heard a string of words I won’t repeat. He came back out and stood up. “There’s a bomb under there.”
“Get Doris and Prufrock out of their office right now,” he said, pulling out his phone. “Now, Cam! Go!”
I hurried back inside. “Doris, you need to leave right now.”
“Why? What’s going on?”
“There’s a situation out front, and Chief Penhall wants us to get as far away from the building as possible right now.”
She opened a drawer, pulled out her purse and grabbed her cell phone off the top of the desk. “What about my car?”
“Where is it?”
“In the back.”
“It should be fine,” I told her. “Just go out the front, turn to the left and get as far from here as you can. Hurry, Doris, please!”
“What about Mr. Prufrock?”
“I’ll take care of him. You just take care of yourself.”
She nodded and ran out the door. I went down the hall and opened Prufrock’s door.
“How dare you barge in here…”
“We’ve got to get out of here now. I don’t have time for propriety.”
“I most certainly will not leave until you tell me what’s going on?”
“Do you want to get blown to kingdom come?”
“Of course not,” he said. “Wait, there’s a bomb in my office?”
“No, in Chief Penhall’s truck. We’ve got to go NOW,” I said, grabbing his arm and dragging him out of his chair. I shoved him out the door in front of me, and he quickly walked down the hall, into the reception area and out the front door. Doris was already two blocks away. “Go that way, after Doris.”
“But my office…”
“…can be rebuilt,” I told him. “You can’t. Now go!”
Prufrock glared at me, but did as he was told. I turned to look at Mike, who was just getting off his phone. “Did you get them out?” he said.
“I sent them that way down the street,” I said, pointing at Prufrock’s retreating back. “How much time do we have?”
“Run,” was all he said.
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About the Author
I’m the daughter of a semi-retired Methodist minister, and have spent most of my life living in Texas and New Mexico (no, I am not a native Texan; I was born in the state of Washington). I graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in 2000. I taught school for a couple of years before realizing that I really wanted to spend my time writing.
I’m a daughter, mother, wife, sister. Currently, I live in North Texas with my husband (still getting used to being an empty nester!). I love sports, and spend my free time harassing my husband about his Cowboys losing to my Redskins (and Steelers). Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner? is my tenth book (second book for the Ghostwriter series). I also write the Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries (next book for this series is Death Drives a Zamboni).
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