Karen’s Killer Book Bench: MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS by Jo-Ann Carson #Occult #Suspense

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Occult Suspense


Agatha Christie meets The House of Usher

When code-breaker Madison Rathborne gets an all-expense paid trip to a remote island in the Pacific Northwest the week before Christmas, she expects a peaceful getaway from the fake Santas in the city and the drama of her family’s turkey feast, but Deadman’s Island offers no such sanctuary. Trapped in a maze of secrets, scandals and murder, with a side of ghost, Maddy struggles to make sense of it all. Macabre stories of gruesome deaths on the estate go back centuries. Her logical mind refuses to believe in legends, but there’s no reasonable explanation for what’s going on around her.

Twelve strangers invited to the gathering, discover turkey is not the only thing on the menu, as one by one they meet their maker.

Will Mad Rath’s superior logician skills crack the mystery before the killer gets her? Or is there a supernatural force at work that cannot be conquered?


Occult Suspense

Interview with Madison Rathborne  the heroine in Murder for Christmas…

1.    Why did you go to an island to spend the week before Christmas with strangers?

It seemed like a good idea at the time. I wasn’t looking forward to my family’s Christmas dinner (my sister just got engaged to a millionaire… don’t get me started on that). My friend who got the original invitation couldn’t go, so I went to help her out. And I wanted to get away from the frantic busyness of a city Christmas. Have my own adventure in the country. And I did. (she snorts)

2.    Was the place that bad?

Worse than you can imagine. Think hunting lodge gone bad. Real bad.

3.    Were there ghosts?

Um …  yeah.

4.    I hear there are many stories about the island.

Locals believe it’s cursed.

5.    Do you think it’s cursed?

Strange things happen there. Things that I can’t explain.

About Author Jo-Ann Carson…

~ fantasy, adventure and romance ~

Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. An award-winning fiction and non-fiction author, blogger and podcaster Jo-Ann loves to tinker with words. Her latest book, a gothic suspense is Murder for Christmas. It’s tagline is Agatha Christie meets the House of Usher. Her latest two series the Ghost & Abby Mysteries and the Gambling Ghosts feature eccentric characters, such as a Viking ghost with existential issues, a broken-hearted Highlander and a Casanova-man-witch. At the center of each tale is a strong woman trying to make sense of life and love.

A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, and walking the beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest. You can find her at her author website: http://www.jo-anncarson.com/.


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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Jo-Ann says…Have you met a ghost? I ran into several biker ghosts at a local motel. I didn’t get much sleep. Tell me your story. I love ghost stories. Even at Christmas.  I’ll put your name in a draw for a free ebook copy of the book, Murder for Christmas.

Thanks, Jo-Ann, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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18 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS by Jo-Ann Carson #Occult #Suspense

  1. Yvonne Cruz says:

    This one seems to have a little of everything 🙂

  2. Thanks Karen for hosting me. Love being here.

  3. Murder for Christmas sounds delicious! It’s on my TBR list. 🙂

  4. Docter says:

    Good morning, Jo-Ann, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love a good murder mystery. Add in a little paranormal and I’m in! What a fun story. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for sharing your new book with us today!

  5. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    I suspect there are things we don’t know because of all the “coincidence” happenings. This sounds like a good read.
    Thanks, Karen and Jo-Ann.

    • Jo-Ann says:

      Hi Kathleen,
      This is a chilly one. The lodge is isolated. The weather is horrific. The people are all strangers. I hope you like it.
      all the best,

  6. Helen Rodin Drake says:

    Hi Jo-Ann,
    This sounds like a really interesting read.
    I personally have never seen a ghost.

    • Jo-Ann says:

      Hi Helen,
      I’ve never seen one either, but I have felt their presence. I hope you enjoy the story.
      all the best,

  7. Linda Moffitt says:

    This looks really great
    I seen a ghost when I was younger and I was pregnant when my mother passed I believe she came back to visit once after I had the baby

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