~~ CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE ~~
“Where evil lurks, no one is safe.”
The suspicious fire that destroyed the shed exposes a surprise corpse—not what ghostwriter Megan Scott and investigative reporter Michael Elliott expected when they reserved a cabin at their friends’ lakeside resort in rural Ontario.
Fear overshadows their visit like a looming storm. Their friends are receiving anonymous threatening letters. An elderly resident is reported missing. Locals are wary. They aren’t used to outsiders snooping around town, asking questions.
When Michael makes a connection to a cold case, evidence points to an ex-convict looking for revenge. He’s had reconstructive surgery. He could be anyone.
Terror blankets the town as the body count mounts. The killer is playing dangerous mind games with everyone—especially with Megan. If she doesn’t find him first, she could well become his next victim.
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Excerpt from Dark Deeds by Sandra Nikolai
Madame Ora stood five feet tall and wore a red polka dot wrap dress that resembled something I’d once seen in a 1940s movie. Her wispy white hair stood on end and looked as if it had gone through dozens of perms. She beckoned me into a tiny room at the rear. A thick curtain separated it from the rest of the shop. Without a word, she motioned for me to sit down at a round café table and took a seat opposite me.
“Please do not ask me any questions until I have completed my reading.” Her voice was thick with a foreign accent—maybe Polish. She closed her eyes and mumbled words I couldn’t understand, then opened her eyes. “Please show me your hands.”
I extended both hands as requested.
Madame Ora peered at my palms, squinting as if she were trying to decipher coded messages. “My dear, you have suffered a deep loss, but things will change for the better.”
It was a pretty general statement.
“Your loss had to do with a man—a man who shared a deep bond with you.”
My late husband. Good guess.
“This man died suddenly and tragically.”
Okay, this was getting creepy.
“You have since moved on. Another man has entered your life. He is a very brave man.”
I swallowed hard.
Madame Ora continued. “On this particular journey, you are in grave danger, but you are surrounded by protection.”
Grave danger? Protection?
She looked up at me, her eyes staring at the space above my head. “The white feather will protect you. Keep it with you at all times.”
Goose bumps rose along my arms. While she closed her eyes and mumbled the same incoherent words as before, I reached into my handbag and rubbed the tiny white feather between my thumb and forefinger. It seemed beyond coincidental.
Madame Ora opened her eyes. “You may now ask me two questions.”
My practical side told me the simple white feather in my handbag would never protect me from any kind of danger. Regardless, the fact she had mentioned it intrigued me. “Can you be more specific about the grave danger you mentioned?”
She closed her eyes. “You are involved in matters concerning death. I see three dead spirits around you—spirits that have met with unexpected death. Take caution. Not everyone is to be trusted.” She opened her eyes. “Next question.”
Was she kidding? A dozen questions had popped into my head.
I thought of Michael. “Will the man in my life be safe too?”
“He has tempted fate many times and succeeded.”
“What you mean?”
Madame Ora pushed back her chair and rose. “I’m sorry, I have already answered your two questions.”
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FYI –> THESE CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE. 😀
BOOK ONE: FALSE IMPRESSIONS
BOOK TWO: FATAL WHISPERS
(Short Story): TIMELY ESCAPE
BOOK THREE: ICY SILENCE
Sandra Nikolai is the author of the Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery series. In addition to her novels, Sandra has published a string of short crime stories, garnering awards along the way.
Sandra held jobs in sales, finance, and high tech before leaving the corporate world to pursue a career in writing. She likes to think that plotting a whodunit reveals the lighter—yet more mysterious—side of her persona.