Just in time for Halloween, a spooky ghost story of mine has just been published: The Ghost Trees. It’s part of a new collection of mystery stories, West Coast Crime Wave, released this week by ebook publisher, BSTSLLR.com. I’m delighted to have my story appear in the same book as some very well respected, award winning, and best-selling mystery authors. The Amazon Kindle version is already available and the Nook and other versions are coming soon. To get more details, visit the ebook’s home page.
I’ve mentioned The Ghost Trees here before. It’s one of my Peyton McKean mysteries, in which the Seattle biotech sleuth investigates the murder of a cedar tree poacher. Along the way he meets several members of the Duwamish Indian Tribe including an old troublesome shaman by the name of Henry George, who is the chief suspect in the crime. The tale is full of local Native American flavor, much of which I learned in my coursework in Lushootseed language class with teacher Didahalqid at the Duwamish Longhouse. Do you know what a Pahstud is? Read and find out.
Or, what’s a cedar tree poacher, you might ask. Believe it or not, there are bad folks around the Pacific Northwest who go into the woods without any kind of permit and cut down cedar trees and chop them up to sell as cedar roofing shakes. It makes no difference to the poachers if they take a younger tree, say 100 years old, or whether they knock down a 1,000 year old giant that is among the last of its kind. What’s that, you say? Maybe it’s just as well if a tree poacher gets murdered? Sure, okay, they’re a bad lot and the fewer of them the better. But the real question here is whodunnit? Check out the story and find the answer. Hint: Chief Seattle said, “Even the dead are not without power.”