“The House on Hallowed Ground” by Nancy Cole Silverman opens with a first person narrative by Misty Dawn, Hollywood’s Psychic to the Stars. She has a clientele that includes the “Who’s Who of Hollywood,” and she is a respected consultant to the FBI on major crimes. She lives in a nice, quiet little house, but that was before she moved in; now it is haunted. She shares her home with the spirit of the recently deceased former owner, Wilson Thorne, a “shade,” a person who is “stuck” between worlds. Misty soon finds out that the care and training of a ghost in limbo is not an easy task. Now, a new client, Zoey, who lives “The Pink Mansion,” an historic home, built in the early 1900s, seeks Misty’s help because her house is haunted.
Silverman plays characters against each other in friendly comradery and competition. The narrative continues in a casual conversation-driven plot including conversations with both people and spirits. Not only are ghosts playing annoying practical jokes by moving things around, but there is also is a dead body in the historic Hollywood home, and the police are involved. Questions arise and answers are not forthcoming. Help from ghosts is needed, but not even the ghosts know the identity of the killer. People are not who they seem to be and detective work must be done.
“The House on Hallowed Ground” is a quick, easy-to-read story of suspense, emotion, and some danger but without blood and gore. The characters are likeable and funny. The plot is current with echoes of Old Hollywood and moves carefully and methodically to a satisfying climax. I received a review copy of “The House on Hallowed Ground” from Nancy Cole Silverman, and Henery Press. Only in a Hollywood ghost story would “The Academy Award” be used as a doorstop.