Mischief Night Murder

by Joy Patrick

This Halloween, it’s all tricks. No treats.

It’s her first Halloween since being back in sleepy Mangrove Bay, FL, and former urbanite-turned-amateur-sleuth Vivian Blake is feeling the town’s excitement as they prepare for the October festivities. Skeletons, ghosts, witches, spiders. And one corpse. A real one.

Mischief Night—or Pirate Night as it’s called here—wouldn’t be complete without a reenactment of the eerie tale of pirate Captain Treader and his ship, The Bloody Cutlass, that was said to have capsized off the coast of Mangrove Bay.

The quirky locals love their spooky tradition. Well, all except one.

Up in arms about Pirate’s Night corrupting local youth, spoilsport Marion Leggett’s bent on undermining the celebrations, whatever it takes. Amid the chaos, a town resident ends up dead, accusations fly, and law enforcement rushes to find the killer.

But with costumes, hauntings, and pranks galore, finding the murderer becomes a little extra tricky.

With the local sheriff at his wit’s end and Vivian’s friends now suspects, she can’t help but put her sleuth skills to work. Enlisting the help of Ben, Haley, and their new friend Calvin, Vivian races against the clock to untangle the twisting, murderous web before it’s too late.

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Category: Mystery – Cozy