The planchette started to move on the board. Darla called out the letters as Esmerelda paused. Her arms felt loose and unresponsive under my hand. I would have sworn she wasn’t moving at all, yet I watched the letters being chosen. One by one.
This one is a novella, so it is a short and sweet way to start off the Halloween season. As part of a charity fund-raising event, Jill and her friends are spending a weekend locked in an abandoned house that is scheduled to be demolished after Halloween. The home’s previous owner disappeared decades earlier, so the story goes, but her spirit may have never left. This mystery packs a lot into a little space: ghosts, a missing woman, murder, and witchcraft. The plot is very layered and is possibly better suited for a full length novel; there are so many developments which beg to be explored further but are only summarized. However, I still enjoyed stumbling along with the characters as they explored the house and worked to decipher the clues they found. I do wish there had been a bit more spooky suspense in the story. The supernatural elements were alright, but considering this was a story about a haunted house, I expected more goosebumps than I got. Other than those complaints, I found reading A Deadly Brew to be a nice way to spend a chilly October afternoon.