Sunday, October 6, 2019
Meet Doris from Coastal Corpse by Rena Leith - Character Guest Post & Blog Tour
Today, I'm featuring a paranormal cozy mystery that I really wanted to read but didn't have the luxury of time. Luckily though, as part of this blog tour, I'm able to feature a character guest post, a post by one of the main characters in the book, Doris.
But first, a little about the book:
Book: Coastal Corpse
(A Cass Peake Cozy Mystery)
2nd in Series
Author: Rena Leith
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Publication date: 30 September 2019)
Print Length: 183 pages
Happily settled in her cozy cottage with its resident ghost, Cass Peake looks forward to Halloween. Then another corpse is found on her beachfront. With the support of family and her ghostly roommate, Cass investigates. To her dismay, she finds the murder victim handled her goofy neighbor's trust fund and he was in dire need of money. The suspect list grows with a former husband, another needy relative, and a maybe shady accountant who suddenly disappears. To top it all off, rumors circulate about treasure hidden in Cass's cottage.
Detective George Ho doesn't like his ex-girlfriend snooping around. Despite that, sparks still fly between him and Cass. But superstitious George has no idea Cass's home is haunted. Can Cass solve the mystery and renew the romance with her ghost-adverse ex?
Character Guest Post from Doris!
I’m not sure where I was when those amateurs held their séance and pulled me out of the ether, but I’m here to stay. At least they had the good sense to hold the séance in my mother’s old house. I wouldn’t want to be stuck anywhere else. But then those lunatics fled into the night, leaving me all alone.
I guess I should have controlled my temper. Raging around the room in ghostly form, ranting and raving and threatening them with death wasn’t one of my better ideas. I tried to go after them. I tried to explain, but every time I got halfway down the front walk, I went poof. Later I materialized back in the house. I have no idea where I went, why I went, or how I got back. Really annoying. It took me a while to get over being irritated with them for calling me back to the earthly plane. Then the loneliness set in.
After a few years, when a squirrel got in through a hole in the roof, I discovered quite by accident that I could inhabit the squirrel and travel out beyond the invisible barrier. However, that presented another problem: how to get back home. Squirrels, at least, had some intelligence. I was able to gain control over them and start carrying nuts, berries, and snails back to the loft. That ensured that the squirrel—my ride—would return for dinner and let me scamper about outside freely when he was full.
Several people bought the place and tried to live here, but I sent them all screaming into the night. Until she showed up. Cass Peake was somehow different. I liked her. I liked to tease her. She had spunk. And I had to face it: I was bored. Squirrels can get you only so far in life. I was desperate for human companionship…even if it was living. The living can be quite terrifying. You merely try to say hi to them, and they start screaming. What’s with all the screaming? You’d think their mothers would have raised them to be more polite and well mannered.
At least Cass didn’t flee. She stood up to me. I admired that. I decided to let her stay. I did have a bit of fun with her brother, though. And that Hawaiian cop. Now he’s a hot tamale! It’s everything I can do not to reveal myself to him. I know murder brought the two of them back together, but she really has to be more careful. Bodies keep turning up, and where there are bodies, there are murderers. I ought to know. I was murdered on the beach in front of this very house long before she moved in.
A lot of other people met their demises there, too. That’s why the locals call it Murder Beach. Brrr! Gives the heebie jeebies just thinkin’ about it. If I were you, I’d stay away from the place or you might end up like me…
About the Author:
I currently live in Cape May County in New Jersey after spending years in the San Francisco Bay Area with my Maine Coon cats Sierra and Ginger. I attended Clarion Writers Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy at Michigan State University and sold a story I wrote there to Damon Knight for The Clarion Awards anthology. I wrote technical manuals in Silicon Valley and also published several poems and science articles as well as a couple of chapters in Research & Professional Resources in Children’s Literature: “Piecing a Patchwork Quilt.” I’ve also taught English in high school and community colleges.
Purchase Link - Amazon
As part of this blog tour with Lori Great Escapes and Rena Leith there's a giveaway, use the link or widget below
Keep up with the rest of the tour including other guest posts, spotlight, book reviews, and authorinterviews below. These are some amazing bloggers so leave the comment if you check out their blogs.
October 4 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – CHARACTER GUEST POST
October 9 –– REVIEW
October 10 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW and AUTHOR INTERVIEW, StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST & eBook Addicts – REVIEW