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About the author:
Gloria Ferris began her writing career by authoring and editing operating procedures for a nuclear power development. It was an exciting job, but opportunities for plot and character development were limited, so she turned to crime fiction and found it to be a lot more fun. Cheat the Hangman was shortlisted for the 2009 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur contest.
Gloria recently moved back to her native Guelph, Ontario, after spending 20 plus years in several small towns by Lake Huron, which inspired her mysteries. The stories are written in a humorous style, but the crimes are deadly serious. A sequel to Cheat the Hangman is in the works.
Cheat the Hangman
Lyris Pembrooke unearths a terrible family secret in the old mansion she recently inherited. Investigating the tragedy, she delves into the psyche of a damaged WWII soldier, aided by her irrepressible spirit guide and the family psychic.
After inheriting Hammersleigh House from her eccentric great-uncle Patrick, Lyris Pembrooke makes a grisly discovery in the tower room of the Georgian-style mansion--the mummified remains of a child.
To uncover the mystery, Lyris is aided by family psychic Aunt Clematis and Leander, a spirit guide with an attitude, who prefers hanging out with Winston Churchill and John Lennon. While nurturing a new relationship with Blackshore’s Chief of Police, avoiding her controlling ex-husband’s demands, hosting this year’s family reunion and engaging in a psychological battle with the mansion's butler, Lyris is taxed to her limits.
During an oppressive summer heat wave, a tear in the gossamer veil that separates past and present forces Lyris to finally accept her psychic destiny. Driven to find out who murdered little Tommy Pembrooke sixty-eight years ago, she begins a journey back in time.
"A refreshing and chilling paranormal mystery you won't want to miss." --Jeff Bennington, author of Reunion
"Southern Ontario Gothic at its spine-chilling, provocative, hilarious best." --John Moss, author of Reluctant Dead
"Satisfying and romantic…an excellent, enjoyable read!" --Catherine Astolfo, author of the Emily Taylor Mysteries
"Entertaining and well written...No wonder it was shortlisted for Canada’s Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award." --N.A.T. Grant, author of Race Without Rules
"A powerful, layered story told with clarity, pizzazz, and humour.” --Eileen Schuh, author of Schrödinger’s Cat
- Publication Date:
- 1926997239 / 9781926997230
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Suspense