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What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn’t really…alive?
Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn’t realize a ghost came with the property! But soon Maxine “Max” Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn’t the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.
Amanda is afraid that one of her new “friends” and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark’s murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate–the ghostly fashionista can’t end up the killer’s next victim!
Character Post – Amanda Tucker from DESIGNS ON MURDER
Hi, I’m Amanda. Welcome to Designs on You. As you can see, I don’t have many ready-to-wear outfits for sale yet. Although I’m expanding my prête-a-porter line, my main concentration is creating special, customized pieces.
Wait…what? You can see Max? That’s unusual. So far, the only people I’m aware of who can see her are my grandfather and me. Not even Sabine, the psychic, could see Max. Anyway, I’m impressed that you can see her and that you aren’t freaked by her presence.
Max had that same effect on Grandpa Dave and me. We’ve always felt at ease with her. Well, until she says or does something that causes you to embarrass yourself. Like this one time, I was changing clothes in here, and…well…I’ll let you read it for yourself.
He nodded toward the dress form wearing the prête a porter dress. “What about that one?”
“All right. That one it is.” I took the dress off the form and went behind the screen to change.
“I need help with these buttons,” Max said.
“I need help with these buttons?” I echoed.
“Sure, no problem.” Jason stepped around the screen and began unfastening the pearl buttons.
My eyes flew to Max, who was laughing and clapping her hands.
“How did you manage to get this on earlier?” Jason asked. “Was somebody here to help you?”
“No…and it wasn’t easy,” I said. “I can be quite the contortionist when I need to be.”
Max gave me two thumbs up, and my eyes widened when I realized how that must have sounded.
So, you see, it can get a little weird having a friend around that no one else can see. How about you? Who’s the oddest friend you’ve ever had?
About the Author
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series of women’s fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and has just begun this new cozy series, the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery series. Another Down South Cafe novel is slated for release in August with book two in the Ghostly Fashionista series scheduled for October.
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