Jessie: In New Hampshire where it is cold enough that Sam, the poodle, needs a jacket for
I am so pleased to welcome Carol Perry to visit
“Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night!” How I love them all! And why wouldn’t I? Born in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween eve, this day has always been a special one for me in so many ways. An only child and avid reader, mysteries have long been my genre of choice. My dad had a shelf full of Erle Stanley Gardner, Rex Stout and Raymond Chandler paperbacks. We listened together to “I Love a Mystery,” and “Lights Out.” My own shelves housed an ever-growing collection of Nancy Drew, and Judy Bolton books. Later I favored Phyliss Whitney, Agatha Christie and Helen McGinnis stories No wonder then, that after a career as an advertising copy writer, I began writing mysteries of my own, beginning with my Witch City Mystery series. (Book #13 coming next year!)
One day my editor at Kensington Books called. “Can you write a paranormal cozy series?” she asked. Naturally, when an editor asks a question like that, the only sensible answer is “Sure. Of course I can.” (Then you go and look up “paranormal” in the dictionary.) Thus began my literary relationship with ghosts. .(Although I once lived in a real haunted house in Gloucester, Massachusetts. But that’s another story.)
Haunted Haven Mysteries began with Be My Ghost. My protagonist, Maureen Doherty, has lost her job as ready-to-wear buyer for an old-time brick-and-mortar Boston department store. Then her golden retriever, Finn, flunks his guide dog test for being too friendly, too curious. So both of them are out of work and almost out of money when the letter from a Florida attorney tells her she’s inherited an inn in Haven, Florida from a mysterious benefactor.
Maureen believes it’s a good place to make a fresh start with a new business venture, but she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a dead body in a rocking chair on her front porch and meets some of the inn’s inhabitants in the form of ghosts who lend their otherworldly talents to help her solve the mystery.
The Haven House Inn, of course, is delightfully haunted—and I have come to love my ghosts. Lorna DuBois is a deceased movie starlet who appears only in black and white. Babe Ruth drops by when the Yankees play the Rays. It’s Maureen’s first Halloween in Florida and she meets more ghosts, and because this is a cozy mystery—there’s that pesky murder to be solved.
Just released last week is the second entry in the series– High Spirits. More ghosts, more murders and Maureen and Finn celebrate their first Christmas in Florida –replete with lighted palm trees and pink plastic flamingoes wearing Santa hats.
I’ll be giving away a set of signed copies of both Haunted Haven Mysteries: Be My Ghost and High Spirits to one luck commentator.
Readers: Do you believe in ghosts?