Better Homes and Hauntings
Pocket / June 24, 2014 / $7.99 print / $7.99 digital
When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”
But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.
But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
In Better Homes and Hauntings, Molly Harper gives us our own grown-up episode of a Scooby Doo mystery. Deacon Whitney, billionaire and creator of the social-networking website, EyeDee, has just inherited the mansion known as The Crane’s Nest located on Whitney Island off the coast of Rhode Island. It is better known for the murder of Catherine Whitney by her husband Gerald just after it was completed a hundred years ago. They say that Catherine was having an affair with the architect and that Gerald killed her in a jealous rage.