I’m pleased to unveil the cover of the next novel in the Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mystery series: The Hound of the Seven Mounds.
If that title brings to mind Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) — or Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables (1851) — then everything is going according to plan. This supernatural mystery spins elements of both those novels, which share some key components. The earlier novels both involve a devious scheme to acquire family wealth. Both feature a portrait of a long-dead ancestor with a curious resemblance to a living descendant. Both spotlight a legend about a supernatural curse. And both include a psychologically afflicted brother. That said, Hawthorne’s and Conan Doyle’s novels are very different from one another, and I certainly worked to make mine as distinctive while playing with those same elements. Best of all, these novels all stand very much on their own — you certainly don’t need to be familiar with one to enjoy the other.
You can get a sense of The Hound of the Seven Mounds by visiting its page here. And if everything continues to go according to plan, this novel will be available in early summer. In the meantime, the two other volumes in the series, Help for the Haunted and Guilt Is a Ghost, are available at a reduced price.