Saturday, October 17, 2015

Is there a ghost in Oak Alley Plantation?

Just in time for Halloween, here's a murder/mystery about a docent who was found dead at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana.  Was she killed by a ghost?  There have been lots of sighting at the plantation throughout the years since its antebellum days.

The Ghost in the Plantation:
A Nancy Keene Mystery
by Louise Hathaway

In this story, my teenage sleuth, Nancy Keene, tries to figure out what happened to the hoop-skirted docent.  Nancy had been standing outside the plantation, along with her father and friends, waiting for a tour to begin when they learn of the docent's mysterious death.  I based Nancy on my childhood heroine, Nancy Drew, and wrote this humorous and PG-rated tale that is especially targeted to women baby boomers who grew up reading and loving The Nancy Drew Mysteries.  

For readers who don't know who Nancy Drew is, here's a brief description.  The original Nancy Drew stories first appeared in 1930.  They starred a pretty blonde teenager who led a charmed life: she was popular, knew all sorts of obscure facts, had a very kind and permissive father, a snazzy blue roadster, and plenty of unsupervised time to go off searching for clues in each of her latest "cases". Many famous women such as Hillary Clinton, Former First Lady Laura Bush, and Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Sonia Sotomayor cite her as formative influences.

In my book, The Ghost in the Plantation, Nancy Keene goes on vacation with her father and friends to New Orleans. What starts out as a sight-seeing trip changes into a murder/mystery when the docent at Oak Alley Plantation is found dead. Part travelogue, part ghost story, this book mixes voodoo, ghosts, and bayous into a spicy gumbo of a whodunit. 

This eBook is available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords.
It is also available in paperback at Amazon.

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