Monday, March 14, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 76: The Ghost and the Dead Deb

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Whew, just about done with this book—am sure to finish it before going to bed tonight. This scene is from the end of the last chapter I read before bed last night. And no, I had no bad dreams resulting from such. This is a bit longer selection than usual, but I couldn't bring myself to post only part of the paragraph and, due to foreshadowing, it doesn't really ruin the plot.

In this scene, the heroine is wandering through a small wooded area at night when she trips and drops her flashlight. With all the walking I do in the Arboretum, you know this scene would be one of my biggest fears (not that I would go walking there at night, but still...).

It landed off the path, rolled and stopped. The beam of light fell on what looked like a squirming black mass. I blinked as a cloud of flittering night bugs rose from the heap on the ground. I looked closer, saw a length of yellow rope encircling puffy black flesh, straw-blonde hair pulled into a tight ponytail, and pale, mottled skin still crawling with insects.

Then I screamed.

(pg 194)

About the Book:
The Ghost and the Dead Deb
By Alice Kimberly
Series: A Haunted Bookshop, book 2
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Don’t haunt the customers...

This was the only rule bookshop owner and widow Penelope Thornton-McClure had given her resident ghost, hard-boiled PI Jack Shephard. But when the hot young author Angel Stark arrives at the store to promote her latest, a true crime novel, Jack can hardly contain himself. After all, this is his specialty!

Angel’s book is an unsolved mystery about a debutante found strangled to death. And it’s filled with juicy details that point a finger at a number of people in the deb’s high society circle. But when the author winds up dead too—in precisely the same way—Pen is fast on the case...which means Jack is too. After all, a ghost detective never rests in peace.


Jennifer said...

Gripping, descriptive and intriguing. My TT:

Heather said...

Thanks, Jennifer!

Aisle B said...

I would be on the floor dead by sight! Someone would have to slap me silly to get me up after the shock. Wow that's some teaser :)

Beth F said...


gautami tripathy said...

I am intrigued by your teaseer! I have to check it out!

Here is my Teaser Tuesday: Therapy by Sedastian Fitzek post!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, I would definitely scream, too! How did it not give you nightmares?...LOL


Margot said...

Wow, I'd be screaming too.

My teaser is here: Quirky Girls Read

kaye said...

I agree--I'd scream too. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Heather said...

Aisle B: I don't know that I would faint, but I certainly wouldn't be sticking around.

Beth: Indeed!

Gautamia: Thanks, I hope you find the series to your liking!

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: I guess I've read enough thrillers and mysteries, seen enough crime shows and have enough crazy, active and bizarre dreams that it's really hard to frazzle me, LOL.

Margot and Kaye: There would defintiely be screaming--once the vocal chords were working!

Alice Audrey said...

That would make me scream too, and I don't scream when a lot of other girls do. On second thought, I'd probably just scramble to my feet and run away.

Tribute Books Mama said...

wow! very scary scene in your teaser.Stop and see mine.

Shelley Munro said...

Yikes! I'd scream too.

Lady Q said...

ooohh, great teaser! A PI who's a ghost? That's a very interesting concept. Thanks for visiting my teaser :)