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The Case of the

Disappearing Director

Cincinnati,  September 1963:

Augusta McKee, former opera singer and current professor of voice on two college campuses, finds herself immersed in mystery from the top of her well-coiffed head to the tip of her beloved stilettos.


Augusta's beau, handsome Homicide Detective Malcolm Mitchell, is dealing with a tough case:  the murder of a “John Doe”—a victim shot gangland-style and dumped from a car near Parkside Playhouse in lovely Eden Park, not far from a pagoda reputedly haunted by the ghost of a woman murdered decades earlier. And to add to the mystery, a possible eyewitness has vanished into thin air.


While Malcolm is busy chasing down leads, Augusta’s attention is focused on the student production she is directing, dramatic scenes from opera which feature on-stage ghosts—just in time for Halloween. Offstage, eerie happenings on the Conservatory campus and a menacing ex-student become increasingly troubling distractions, until Augusta begins to wonder: could Malcolm’s case and her mysterious spirits somehow be connected?

Her search for the answer soon leads our favorite sleuth to the alarming realization that ghosts are the least of her worries.


in the 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Cover and art by Taylor Van Kooten

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