Title: Weeping in the Wings
Series: Grace Bennett Mysteries, Book 2
Author: Terry Lynn Thomas
Published: August 11, 2016
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Genre: Historical Gothic Mystery
San Francisco, March 1943
Sarah Bennett harbors two secrets: She sees ghosts, and sheâs in love with a spy.
When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr. Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to herâa spirit whose incessant weeping only she can hear.
Meanwhile, as Sarah struggles to cope with the relentless weeping, she comes face to face with Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is ostensibly convalescing from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and Sarahâs love and trust are soon put to the test.
Things take an even darker turn when an attempt is made on Geislerâs life, and Sarah finds herself caught in a struggle between the living and the dead. Unsure who she can trust, she must unlock the mystery of the weeping ghost in order to save Dr. Geislerâand herselfâfrom an unknown enemy.
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Excerpt from Weeping in the Wings
by Terry Lynn Thomas:
After he left, I worked straight through until 11:30 and had just put my completed work on Dr. Geislerâs desk when a scream pierced the quietude of my office. I ran out into the corridor and followed the hysterical sounds toward the foyer. Bethany and I met in the hallway. Together we raced toward the noise.
The screaming turned into a hysterical incantation. âNo, no. Please. No.â
Minna. She stood near the front door, a black dressing gown flowing over her bony frame like a witchâs cloak. Her hair hung in wild curls the color of spun silver. She looked as though she could have raised her arms and cast a spell or hopped on a broom and flown away. Instead she held a piece of paper in her trembling hand. Scattered around her feet were the petals and stems of a desiccated bouquet of roses, a flower box from Podesta Baldocchi lay on its side, tossed away in the chaos.
Chloe sat at her desk, observing everything, missing nothing, her eyes huge. The maid, a young girl in a uniform two sizes too big, froze, holding the dust rag suspended in midair.
I moved toward Minna, desperate to help her, but Bethany waved me off.
âMinna, whatâs wrong?â
âSarah. Bethany.â She waved the paper she held in her hand through the air. âItâs Gregory. Heâs alive.â Her breathing became heavy and deep. She tore the letter up, threw the pieces on the floor, covered her face with her hands, and wept. Deep racking sobs coursed through her body, threatening to topple her.
Bethany swept in and put a comforting arm around Minnaâs shoulder. She spoke to her in the same sweet, disarming voice she had used on Mr. Collins. âCome on, dear. Letâs get you someplace safe. Weâll lock the house and make sure that Gregory isnât here. Iâll see to it personally.â She spoke to the maid. âItâs all right, young lady. Go see Mrs. McDougal for a cup of hot cocoa. Thereâs a good girl.â
âYouâll protect me, wonât you, Bethany? And Matthew. Heâll come for Matthew.â
âOf course.â Bethany spoke in a soothing voice. âIâll take care of everything.â Minna allowed herself to be led away. The two women made their way toward the staircase, while Bethany muttered comforting words in Minnaâs ear.
Just as they were about to reach the first landing and slip out of sight, Bethany called to me. âFind my husband. Tell him to hurry.â
Before heading off to search for Dr. Geisler, I picked up the torn pieces of paper that Minna had thrown on the floor and tucked them into my pocket. I had every intention of finding out the truth about Gregory Geisler.
About the Author:
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Terry Lynn Thomas married the love of her life, who promised to buy her a horse if she relocated to Mississippi with him. Now that she has relocated, she has discovered that she can be happy anywhere as long as she has her man, her horse and time to write. Terry Lynn devoured novels by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and Daphne Du Maurier as a child. These gothic mysteries captured her imagination, never let go, and influence her writing today. When she is not writing or riding her horse, she visits historical houses and cemeteries, hunting for story ideas.
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