A First Line Friday in a Haunted House

Halloween is mere hours away and my bookshelf is looking empty at the moment—it’s downright spooky. Honestly, it’s probably from having too many witches, bats, and tombstones on the brain. So with all the goblins and ghouls, ghosts and gravestones hanging around for at least one more day, I thought a solid Halloween-inspired read would get me back into the reading spirit while also celebrating the season. For this First Line Friday, I’m sharing the opening for my next read that features a description of a pretty perfect haunted house. How fitting!

“What do you think?” Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin asked her husband. “Does that look like a haunted house or what?”

Standing beside her at the foot of a steep flight of concrete steps set into an overgrown terrace and flanked by a rusty iron railing, Dan stared up at the old Chadwick mansion with an assessing gaze. “High Victorian architecture. Peeling paint. Ivy run wild on one side of the building. Boarded-up windows. It has potential … if the structure is sound. The last thing you want is for someone to fall through the rotting floorboards and end up with a broken neck.”

Liss gave a theatrical shudder, although she was too much of an optimist to be seriously alarmed. The place would be perfect as part of Moosetookalook, Maine’s Halloween festival and fundraiser. It already had the requisite unsavory reputation and its run-down appearance defined spooky to a T. Liss especially liked the round windows in the square tower. Lit from behind, they’d look like two glowing eyes.


Title: Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones
Series: Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries #7)
Author: Kaitlyn Dunnett
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Classification: Cozy Mystery

Dunnett’s Website | Publisher’s Page | Goodreads


Note: First Line Fridays is a feature hosted by Hoarding Books.

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