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Tale Half Told: A Christmas Ghost Story is a paranormal thriller novel written by Killarney Traynor and Margaret Traynor. His wife, Susan, and their friends, Linda and Johnny, were not all that thrilled with Michael’s plan to take a detour on their way up to Susan’s parents’ home in Winnipesauke. It was December 23, and the four friends were nearly there when he suggested the side trip. As there was a nor’easter brewing, Susan had tried to get Michael to put off the visit to the tragic and reputedly haunted River House until after the holidays, but they’d be following a different route on the way back. Michael had, admittedly, a far greater interest in the spooky old house than anyone else. He worked for Reynolds Development Company and was actually a distant relation of Charles Reynolds, the veteran who had killed his wife during the Reynolds’ annual Christmas party and then committed suicide. Susan and their friends did give in to his prompting, and they soon found themselves navigating the drift-strewn and steep driveway leading to the old, somber-looking Victorian residence. They would only be a few minutes, he told them, and the four made their way into the dark and chilly old house.
Killarney Traynor and Margaret Traynor’s paranormal thriller, Tale Half Told: A Christmas Ghost Story, is a grand and glorious romp for anyone who’s ever loved the chills and thrills of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Hammer’s House of Horrors or any of the great horror classics featuring Vincent Price, Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. But it’s more than just a riveting, old-fashioned ghost story. Tale Half Told also works as a compelling mystery, an insightful psychological thriller and heart-pounding journey into the supernatural. The characters are superbly crafted, and the plot has enough twists and surprises to delight sleuths and horror fans alike. Every so often, as I finish the last page of a book, I find myself remarking: Wow! What a great read! And yes, this book fits the bill. This debut collaboration is, I hope, the first of many, and I’m very much looking forward to their next book. Tale Half Told: A Christmas Ghost Story is most highly recommended.