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An amateur stamp collector and antique enthusiast, James Freeman, takes a vacation from his Washington DC accounting firm to acquire an exquisite French Armoire that he located on the internet. With his Mapquest print-out in hand, he leaves the comforts of the city and heads into the mountains of West Virginia.
He travels to the village of Wanton, where he ventures down the wrong road, and becomes the prime suspect in the drowning of Sam Austin. The locals believe The Cheat River Ghosts are responsible for this murder and the cold case murders from the past. Nevertheless, the Sheriff, who doesn’t believe in ghosts, is convinced that James came to his town for more than a piece of furniture.
The Cheat River has claimed one life from the McKeel clan for the last three generations. With steadfast determination, James fights with all of his might to break the curse, before the river claims the life of his newly found love, Carolyn McKeel.
Because of his meddling into the mysteries of Wanton, James wakes up battered, beaten and bruised in the hospital. This warning for him to get out of town only makes him more determined to find out who is responsible for his injuries, the death of Sam Austin, and the recent shenanigans in Wanton.
James has the life he’s always desired in Washington—A high paying career, a big, antiques-filled house, the freedom to pursue his stamp-collection hobby, and his solitude. Will he give it all up for love and the quirky friendships he makes in Wanton?
Stamp Out Murder
From his S-10, he grabbed his cell phone, his suitcase and his briefcase. He got half way up the first set of stairs when a young woman almost ran him down. She bounced down the steps while reading a brochure. James’s suitcase banged against the wall as he got out of her way.
“Oh, I’m sorry.” She brushed one of her many thick blonde curls from her forehead, and climbed back up three steps, so she could look into James’s eyes. “I’m Margie. I’m staying in the Lincoln room. I’m so excited. I’ve been reading about the Haunted River Ghost Walk. Are you here for the ghost walk? You know a murder just happened here. They think the ghost of Nathaniel McKeel caused his demise. Isn’t that marvellous? I don’t mean that the man died, but that troubled souls are so active in this area. So, are you as excited as I am?”
“I don’t know anything about it.” James wondered if everyone knew of the death of that poor man in the river. He’d heard of news traveling fast in a small town. He rested his suitcase on the step, braced it with his knee, and crunched his lean body as tight as he could against the wall.
Cher’ley writes different genres. “Stamp Out Murder” is her first novel to be published; however, she has many poems, short stories and articles published online and in print books. She has a children’s mystery book and a picture book completed, and a YA novel and a suspense novel that are waiting for editing. Some of her hobbies are photography, and painting fine art. She has received awards in both mediums and she has art is in collections throughout the United States and foreign countries. She enjoys fishing, reading, walking, dancing, and long, long baths. To pay the bills, she and her husband team drive an 18 wheeler.
She loves the Lord, her husband, children and grandchildren, and loves spending time with each of them. The Kanawha River is in her front yard and sometimes (not often enough) Cher’ley heads over the bank with her fishing pole and a few worms.
Her very favorite thing to do is laugh.