Hollownton Homicide by Gretchen S. B.
Gretchen S. B.
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Mystery
Number of pages: 258
Word Count: 82,628
Cover Artist: Talina Perkins
Homicide detective Anthony Hollownton thought he had seen it all until he and his partner, Rick Nelson, are called to a murder scene unlike any Tony has come across. There are no witnesses and none of the neighbors heard a thing.
Once Tony starts to investigate the facts of the case become stranger and stranger.
As the body count rises Tony is drawn into a world he did not know existed.
Starting with a visit from a dead woman from his past.
He must decide whether the paranormal truly exists or if these killing are some kind of delusional gang war.
Anthony swung up in bed. What had woken him? Had his alarm gone off? There was a ringing noise. He turned to his left and made a grab for the phone next to his bed.
That was as polite as they were getting for the middle of the night. If they had a problem with that they could deal with it. He looked at his alarm clock, five am. That meant barely more than two hours of sleep. Why would someone call him at five am?
There was a pause on the other end.
“Hello.” He repeated. He felt himself freeze.
He could hear talking on the other end. He silently pleaded that it wasn’t the same woman from earlier. He was just frustrated enough to trace the call and chew her out. He heard a male voice come on to the other end and Anthony exhaled, forcing his muscles to relax one by one. He had to get sleep; he was jumping to ridiculous conclusions.
“Hey Tony, sorry to call so early man, but I gotta ask you a question.” It was his partner. The tone in the man’s voice sounded serious but genuinely upset about saying whatever it was he was about to say.
Tony felt himself tense again, what if something was wrong with Amanda or the baby? “What is it Rick?” Tony tried to sound neutral.
When he heard his partner sigh he relaxed again feeling more tired than before.
“Look man, I don’t believe it but Amanda asked me to so I’m doing it.”
Tony screamed in his head. He wanted to get back to sleep. “Get to the point Nelson. I want to go back to bed.”
The use of the last name was usually reserved for when they were working. It showed Rick he meant business and told him to get to the point.
“As you know the land line is on Amanda’s side of the bed and she has picked up three phone calls since we went to bed she says it was a woman who laughs and hangs up. After the third time Amanda called *69 and the number is yours, your land line anyway. I wasn’t sure at first since you don’t really use it. But when I double checked in my cell, the numbers matched. I told her it was crazy, since you never have women over. I told her that outside of her and other cops you don’t even know any women, no offence, but she’s making me call anyway to make sure.”
Tony’s jaw dropped. Now he was wide-awake. He must have been silent too long because his partner’s voice came on with a worried tone.
“Hey Tony, you still there?”
Tony flicked on his bedroom light and scanned the room, empty. “Yeah man, I’m here, just shocked. I don’t have anyone here and I’ve been asleep. You know it could be some prank caller who knows how to reroute numbers or something.”
Tony debated telling his partner about the call at work but quickly dismissed it. With a wife and a four-month-old daughter Rick had enough on his plate.
“Yeah, I figured as much. I was just calling to make sure. Sorry for waking you up man. I hope you can get back to sleep.”
Tony nodded. So did he. “Yeah, good night Rick.”
He heard his partner say something to his wife. “Good night Tony, See you tomorrow, I mean today.”
As he hung up the phone Tony looked about his room. There was nothing out of the ordinary. Against the wall at the foot of his bed was his 42′ TV. To the left of the bed was the closet, which was still open from when he put away his work clothes, no one was in there. To the right of the TV was the door out into the rest of the apartment, still closed. Everything on the nightstand was still where he left it. Turning, he looked at the window above the bed, still locked. He turned back reaching into the top drawer of his nightstand and pulled out his gun and got out of bed. If there was anyone in his apartment he was going to find them.
Such an interesting story! You know, crimes go unsolved everyday and what if one say you found out that paranormal reasons were behind that. Well, Anthony aka Tony, is a homicide detective. He’s a good cop but he’s pretty rational. Until horrible, weird murders start happening and he starts seeing things he can’t explain. And dreaming of people he thinks are dead but know things. It’s definitely intriguing in the mystery department with a little paranormal to spice it up!!
I like Tony. He’s your everyday overworked detective. He’s got routines and he takes his job seriously. But then, after a really gruesome crime scene, he starts seeing creatures and dreaming of his friend from high school who’s supposed to be dead. And people around him start acting weird. It’s up to him to not only solve the murders but to unravel the paranormal mystery surrounding it and himself.
The writing flows so well, and I think the cop duties felt real. It’s like a ride along except scary lol. It’s also modern because paranormal isn’t supposed to exist. And I loved all the mystery. It keeps you on your toes and makes for suspense to keep you reading. Curiosity killed the kitty but you just have to know what’s gunna happen! Plus the supernatural part of this book is awesome and unique. I am specifically not saying anything because I liked finding out gradually about things. I hope there’s more from this book, I’d love to read it, maybe a follow up!! 🙂 4.5 PAWS!!
Author Guest Post
For my guest post today I wanted to give you a deleted scene from my latest book Hollownton Homicide. This book was originally part of a dream sequence toward the beginning or the book. When I rewrote the story earlier this year so it could be published I cut this part of Tony’s dream because ultimately, it just did not fit with the flow of the scene or the new direction of the story. It is from an early version so please excuse the editing mistakes.
“You feel wrong Tony, may I check something?”
Tony knew his face held his confusion, but he knew better than to doubt Chris’s intuition. It has come in handy many times in high school. He nodded.
She gave him a small smile but he could see the worry in her eyes. “Now I’m not getting fresh Two-tone.”
Right after she said it she closed her eyes and her right hand came up to the side of his face. Her long fingers slid upward until they were buried in his hair and her thumb was above his ear. He closed his eyes as well. Even if she hadn’t warned him he would not have thought Chris was hitting on him. There was simply a different emotion behind her touch. Then he noticed it, her hand was warm, not just warm but at young Chris’s warmer than most body temperature. Before he could say anything he felt her in his head. It was one of the strangest things he’d ever felt. Her presence moved from her own body to his. As he started to panic he heard her voice waft though his mind.
Relax Tony, I need you to relax, you know I would never hurt you.
Tony forced himself to relax she was right. It was after all just a dream. Then he saw her, or what he thought was her. A light green glow came from where her hand rested on his head. Then he heard her again but he knew she wasn’t speaking to him.
And what do you think you’re doing?
The light covered his mind like a blanket, warm and comforting. Tony knew in that second Chris could kill him from inside out if she wanted to. That knowledge didn’t scare him instead he saw her in a new light, he had underestimated her.
“Okay Two-tone I want you to open you eyes.”
Tony did as instructed and was startled to see that beyond Christina on the far side of the wall was a huge full-length mirror. He could see most of himself from behind Chris’s body. He must have jumped because he heard her chuckle. Tony glanced at her but her eyes were still closed.
“Okay Two-tone look in the mirror closely and tell me what you see.” Her tone was that of a patient teacher.
Tony felt himself smile as he looked back at the mirror. At first he just saw them.
Look closer Tony.
At her urging he took a deep breath and then looked in to the mirror at the details. He could see the slight curve of her back that showed she was leaning into him. He could see her body moving ever so slightly as she breathed. He was just about to question that when he saw it. The green glow he had seen in his head bloomed like a flower to encompass her. It grew faint as it moved across her back, it soon haloed her body. Tony began to shift to see if he could see her green-lit outline without the mirror. He felt her nails gently caress his scalp while the palm stayed still.
“Tony keep your eyes on the mirror you need to watch this.”
Tony wanted to protest but looked back at the mirror. His gaze followed up her arm until he was watching where it vanished in his thick hair. The green light was strongest here and had spread to outline part of his head. The light was pulsing, he would not have noticed it if he wasn’t looking directly at it. The green light seemed thicker above where her hand lay. Concentrating on that one spot Tony soon saw why.
There was a black spot covering the side of his head. It wasn’t like the green light surrounding Chris; this spot seemed to be stuck to him like tar where the green light was of Christina. He watched in silence as the soft green light chipped the black spot from Tony, the entire time Tony could still feel the warm comfort of that green glow.
About the Author:
Gretchen happily lives in Seattle, Washington where she spends her time creating new characters and situations to put them in. She also enjoys cheering on her local sports teams, even though it sometimes seems they are allergic to winning (Except the Super Bowl!).
She graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in History and a BA in Philosophy. She loves that Washington provides a large range of activities, from Shakespeare in the park to rodeos. At the end of her adventures she unwinds by curling up on the couch, knitting while catching up TV shows via Netflix.
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I wanna thank the author and Bewitching Book Tours for always giving me goodies! Ms Gretchen, I hope you have more to come from your werewolves book soon!! And thank you for that wonderful deleted scene! It’s pretty awesome 🙂 GOOD LUCK everyone! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Happy reading and later gators!