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Ghost Music Of Vaudeville
Billie A. Williams
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Damien Callistrari orders his henchmen to remove the tenants of the old Keith Theatre Building. They refuse to be bought out. Did he mean at any price, including kidnapping, arson, murder?

When Damien’s son falls in love with Charlie Wolfe, Reporter for the Ironwood Daily Globe, all bets are off. He is suddenly confronted with the evil man his father has become. Can Roberto stop Damien from destroying the theater, more importantly the lives so wrapped up in the memories of the Vaudeville shows that still haunt the walls of the beloved Keith Theatre —what will be the cost?

Mary’s non-stop barrage of chatter hammered against Charlie like a jack hammer. She recoiled into the door on her side of the car.

“Charlie, it’s me, Mary... Are you...?” Her friend’s voice sounded concerned. But, Charlie couldn’t shake her thoughts. Her thoughts wandering back to Oliver Beeblebox and that horrid cul-du-sac where she was chained in with all the mosquitoes and bugs and dark, and wolf howls... she started shaking uncontrollably.

Mary reached out and touched her shoulder. “It’s okay Charlie. It really is. Mrs. Wentworth is expecting you. She’ll have you work the desk for a few days until you are ready to go out...” She paused and just held Charlie waiting.

“I’m okay really, I--it was just the leaves, and the dark clouds and the wind blowing so horribly strong. It’s too early for winter.”

Mary smiled, “You’re right, it is. Now why don’t you turn your car off and we’ll go inside where it’s warm and bright.”

The urge to bolt and run slowly subsided and Charlie switched off the engine of the Escort. She pulled her purse from the center console and put her hand on the door. It was as though she was a foreigner in a world she knew intimately three months ago. Today she wasn’t sure she knew her name let alone what it was she was supposed to do here. As she rounded the front of the car she saw the big banner draped across the front of the Ironwood Daily Globe building. “Welcome Back, Charlie, our favorite reporter.”

Mary slid her arm into the crook of Charlie’s elbow, “Come on we’ve been waiting for you.” Her smile seemed to erase the last bit of dread from Charlie’s insides, though it still lurked in her mind as if hiding behind a corner just waiting to jump out again. Would she ever again feel safe in this environment, in this town that had provided her sanctuary when she needed it? At the moment Charlie wasn’t ready to bet on it.

“Guess who’s here,” Mary announced as she led Charlie into Abigail Wentworth’s office overlooking the park and lake behind the building.

Abigail held out her hands, “It’s so good to have you back.” Grabbing her hands, Abigail held both of Charlie’s hands in her own searching her face as though looking for a sign that all was well. “Are you sure you’re ready to be back?”

“Thank you for your concern.” She pulled her hands from Abigail’s. “Really, I appreciate it. But I think I have been off too long already. You know what they say when you fall off a horse? Well, I think it’s time I got back up on mine, don’t you?” She turned and plopped down in the chair across from Abigail’s desk, sliding her purse to the floor beside her.

Mary shrugged her shoulders and turned to leave, “I’ll come by and get you for lunch if you want,” she said to Charlie.

“Okay, sounds good,” the response a half hearted reply. She wasn’t at all sure she wanted to be on the street. What if another Neanderthal man like Joe Smozack tried to grab her again?

“David said he might be at the café if he can get away,” Charlie’s mind clutched at the comfort and security David’s presence had brought to her life; order out of chaos, calm out of the storm. His support was immeasurable.

“Great, he’s always fun to have around,” Mary said closing the door behind her with a wink at Abigail.

Abigail walked back to her desk and slid her slender body into the desk chair. It seemed to swallow her up, Charlie thought.

“What do the doctors say about your returning to work?”

“They seem to think the sooner I get my mind on other things the sooner I’ll be able to forget about Oliver,” she hesitated as though just the mention of his name would bring him back to haunt her.

Abigail slid forward on her chair and placed her hands on the desk top. “Charlie, you know Oliver Beeblebox will never leave the institution for the criminally insane where they have put him. His morbid quest is over. People like him are a once in a life time encounter.”

Award winning Mystery/Suspense author Billie A Williams is a fiction, non-fiction and poetry author and has won numerous contests for her short/flash fiction stories, essays, and poetry. She is published in various magazines such as the literary magazine Thema; Guide, a Magazine for Children, Novel Advice.com, Writing Etc. WritingNow.com, and Women In The Arts newsletter as well as Sister’s in Crime, to list but a few.

Her articles, columns and features have appeared regularly in newspapers. Short stories, Flash fiction, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Mystery Time, True Love Magazine and various anthologies and on line e-zines and web sites. She writes a bi-monthly column titled “Whodunit?” for Mystery Fiction’s Voices in the Dark and is a contributing editor for Writingnow.com a Blueberry Press Newsletter. She also hosts her own writer’s group, Word Mage. She is an active blogger; http://printedwords.blogspot.com and http://onewomansgarden.blogspot.com , as well as owning and operating a Book Club for serialized chapters of her Novel The Capricorn Goat~~January Flannel available for free to those who sign up for her mailing list http://www.billiewilliams.com/BOOKCLUB.html and a Free Writer’s course at Pens In Motion http://www.pensinmotion.com , a five week series of writing lessons pulled from her three published books on writing how to write and two currently being developed.

Williams is currently a member of The Wisconsin Regional Writers Association (WRWA) National Association of Women Writers (NAWW) Sister’s in Crime, Women in the Arts Program, Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC). Her website www.billiewilliams.com

She lives with her husband in Amberg, a small Northern Wisconsin community where the winters are cold and long, but the people are warm and friendly.

Billie A. Williams has breathed life into a believable set of characters you'll love or love to hate. The story is packed with enthralling plot twists that keep the reader glued to the page as the dark dynamics of relationships and crime unfold. Death by Candlelight holds rare delights in store for the murder mystery lover., --Susan J. Letham, http://www.Inspired2Write.com

What is innocence? What is guilt? And who is really to blame for the death of Randolph Ord III?

A domineering mother, a spoiled son, and a woman who dreams of a husband, a child, and a home. The characters in Death by Candlelight are familiar, and that's what lends them their appeal. You may sympathize with them. You may despise them. But Ms. Williams brings them to life so vividly they won't leave you cold.

The gripping murder investigation in Death by Candlelight takes the 'whodunnit and how?' a step further and explores the shades of gray that make up the 'why?' Billie Williams has studied her craft and knows how to keep a reader turning pages. The plot is substantial and full of clever surprises.

The smoothly-paced story unfolds to reveal, little by little, a dramatic tale of twisted family relationships, crime, love, envy and death: the perfect mix for a murder mystery. -- Susan J. Letham, http://www.Inspired2Write.com

Death by Candlelight portrays the unbending force upon humans to repeat generational cycles of abusers and victims. Cycles that love, faith or hope can rarely supersede. Yet, with the unraveling of a murder, we are still left with a glimmer of hope. , -- Shelly Moloney, Author Star Slurry

DEATH BY CANDLELIGHT is a fast-paced read filled with a diverse cast of characters who each have their own motives for murder. Just when you think you've hit the calm after the storm, Williams' story takes the reader in a new and more intriguing direction. -- Shirley Kawa-Jump, THE VIRGIN’S PROPOSAL, Silhouette Romance, January 2003, Writing classes: shirleyjump-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Death By Candlelight,, The story? TERRIFIC. I could hardly wait to finish it.. reminds me of Sydney Sheldon.... --Judy Bozicevich, Administrative Assistant, Edward Jones Company

Every time I thought I had Death by Candlelight figured out, Williams threw in a new twist that left me thinking, I DIDN'T see that coming! Death By Candlelight isn't so much a "Who-Done-It" as it is a character driven story filled with more twists than a Colorado mountain road. It's a quick read without any lulls in the action. Death by Candlelight is a fabulous first novel by Wisconsin writer, Billie Williams. Be sure to watch her career--I'm sure we'll hear from her again--at least I hope we do! -- Beth Erickson, http://filbertpublishing.com

Fire At Thunder Ridge: “Bloody footprints in the snow--the most puzzling fire I’ve ever heard about--once wasn’t enough for this book. I had to go back & read it a second time to admire Billie Williams’ inventiveness & vivid imagery all over again.” -- Fran Keighley, Golden Wings Award winning author.”

…I think the best word to describe Fire at Thunder Ridge is "thrilling." With action, suspense, and intrigue, Fire at Thunder Ridge is a mystery-suspense to keep the reader hooked until they finish the last page… Fire at Thunder Ridge is exciting and very suspenseful. I highly recommend it!, -- Beverley Bateman, babateman@shaw.ca, http://www.beverleybateman.com, It's only a step from caring to killing

Fiction Books :: Mystery & Detective Books :: General Books

ISBN: 1597057282
ISBN(13-digit): 9781597057288
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 266
Paper Weight (lb): 11.2

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