The Walls Can Talk is a suspenseful paranormal mystery and the first full-length novel in the Bad Vibes Removal Services Series. This book will keep readers captivated until the criminals are caught and the last ghost is laid to rest.
The Hanovers inherited an ancient Irish castle. . . that’s been moved to central Texas. But once they move in, they find not all is well in a home that seems straight out of a fairy tale. When things are moved in the middle of the night, is the explanation treasure-hunting teenagers or someone more malicious?
With a terrifying ghostly presence haunting their days and break-ins threatening their nights, the Hanovers reach out to a private detective, the famed Montgomery of Montgomery Investigations, and his employees at Bad Vibes Removal Services to resolve matters using the equipment he invented that detects and deciphers emotional residue and sound patterns long embedded in walls.
The Bad Vibes crew — Lea, Kamika, and Montgomery — are used to solving cases involving death. But usually Lea is the only one who sees the spirits. Not this time! This ancient Irish ghost seems bent on breaking all the rules, forcing the team to find new ways for removing old souls. Now the team finds themselves dragged into a convoluted drama of betrayal, murder, and hidden treasure. With their clients’ lives on the line, Lea, Kamika, and Montgomery work to identify the criminal behind the break-ins and free the castle from its haunted past.
Walls are no longer mute witnesses thanks to Montgomery’s inventions. Murder victims regain their voices with Lea’s help. Together, Lea and Montgomery can solve any murder.
When Montgomery calls Lea and her colleague Kamika to help him analyze the scene of a quadruple homicide, he knows his new technology can help solve the murders. He doesn’t realize that Lea can provide the victim’s point of view.
These three short stories are Lea’s first cases working with Montgomery to resolve otherwise unsolvable crimes.
Father Ingall Bryan, the champion of the Allergen Children who carry a dangerous genetic mutation, is murdered. The priest’s enemies were numerous, from the families harmed by the children, to those fearful that the children may wipe out humanity. Can his brother Nate solve his murder, defuse a political time bomb, and prevent more deaths? Nate must, for his brother, and for the children’s sake.
Young Henry was perfect: perfectly average, perfectly normal. Why did he need to be categorized in school? In this dark, dystopian short story, large scale individualized education misfires for the minority who are merely average.
A small town police chief in the Texas Panhandle must face his worst nightmare: a bioterror attack in his jurisdiction. When customers of the local grocery store fall ill with a highly contagious and rare strain of influenza virus, the chief and his small team race to find the source and stop the spread of the illness. Who is targeting people in the town? Why? Is it a test run for a widespread attack on a bigger city or something more personal?
This mystery is set in a time when multiple bioterror attacks have changed the face of the planet, and new laws protect the public from the malicious spread of disease.
Pete Lincoln, a private detective out of place and time because of a fifteen-year coma, is struggling to stay solvent. In a world where even the most intimate acts are visible to everyone and where everyone knows everyone else’s business, how does an investigator make a living? Then, a woman walks into his office with a case that makes Pete question the whole new social order, her own murder.
Originally published in the June 2012 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact and edited by Stanley Schmidt, this sociological science fiction murder mystery is set in a future where privacy no longer exists.
Shy, socially awkward, and new in town, Martha Rowan is still adjusting to her new life in Dallas, Texas, when she stumbles into an attempted car-jacking. Now she’s unwittingly become the target of a killer intent on eliminating witnesses. Faced with continuing attacks, Martha doesn’t know where to turn.
Plagued by the nightmares, insomnia, flashbacks, and anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder, Martha’s own mental health is unstable. She’s forced to decide whom she can trust, where the truth lies, and whether she should listen to the strange voice in her head before someone else is killed.