Sam Blackman Series
Two little boys are orphaned when their parents are killed during a domestic violence trial. The people of the small town of Asheville, North Carolina pull together and plan a fundraiser for the boys.
Private investigator Sam Blackman had been testifying when the murders occurred and feels guilty, so he agrees to help out when his girlfriend Nakayla asks him to work with the Asheville Apparitions, who want to create a fundraising ghost tour of the town, using members of the group as reenactors. Sam agrees to act as storyteller at the bridge where a woman hung herself years earlier and her spirit is seen from time to time.
When the first tour group comes by, an actual woman tumbles down from the bridge dangling from a noose and very much dead. Then another of the reenactors dies in a recreation across town in an old hotel, and the hunt is on for the killer.
Sam and Nakayla work with the police to help solve the murder, while more of the town’s history unfolds. Lots of interesting characters and some nice twists help make the pages fly by, and readers who enjoy small town mysteries and ghost stories should enjoy this.
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A SPECTER OF JUSTICE by Mark de Castrique. Poisoned Pen Press (November 3, 2015). ISBN 978-1464204746. 252p.