Synopsis: When reporter Cassidy James got assigned to write the annual “spooktacular” article on local haunted houses for her small-town newspaper, she never expected to meet an old friend of one of the town’s famous ghosts. But elderly Harris Turner now wants her to arrange a reunion with his long-dead boyhood pal, and the paranormal encounter must be set for Halloween night.
All Hallows Eve promises to bring a full (and blue) moon. Turner insists this is prime time for the souls of the restless departed to appear to the living, particularly those who died on a previous blue moon. Just like his buddy, Kingston Grand, who was only 22 when he succumbed to the Grim Reaper, more than sixty years ago.
But what keeps Kingston earthbound in that stately old house, and why is Harris Turner so intent on communicating with the dead–after all these years? Cassidy has no idea where this story will lead, but there’s no way she’s going to miss this once-in-a-lifetime spook scoop.
My thoughts: Is there any genre the proficient Ellen Byerrum can’t excel at? According to her sharp, engaging short story, The Last Goodbye of Harris Turner, the answer is no. The Last Goodbye of Harris Turner is a quick but substantial read with an engaging heroine and a cast of charming secondary characters. Without a doubt, Byerrum’s writing is in a class by itself and this solid tale showcases just how well she crafts a story. The Last Goodbye of Harris Turner is an exhilarating read with an exciting plot and an electrifying ending!
Copyright © 2015 by Diane Morasco
Review first appeared in Examiner.