The Ghost in Roomette Four by Janet Dawson
A California Zephyr Mystery

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Not much mystery, but a nostalgic, wonderfully detailed look at an era when trains were still a major mode of transportation and life, at least on the surface, seemed idyllic compared to today.
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It's almost midnight on the sleek streamliner known as the California Zephyr, en route from Oakland to Chicago in 1953. Heading for her quarters, Zephyrette Jill McLeod walks through the Silver Gorge Pullman car, and sees something she can't explain. Is the shimmering light a ghost? Jill doubts the evidence of her own eyes, but soon learns that others have seen the phenomenon, too. Whatever-whoever-is haunting roomette four may be connected to an incident two months earlier, when Jill found the body of a young man there. The verdict on the death was natural causes. Now it looks like the unquiet spirit is pointing to murder.

Several years ago Dawson took a trip on the Pacific Sands, a privately owned Pullman car. The owner told stories about a roomette on the car that was supposedly haunted. Passengers would tell about hearing voices during the night, and the porters who worked trips talked about the porter call button in the roomette ringing. When the porter answered the bell, no one was there. As a mystery writer, anything and everything was grist for the mill. As a matter of fact, the roomette on the Pacific Sands was number four.
 

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Janet Dawson writes highly acclaimed suspense novels about the adventures of Jeri Howard, a female private detective in the San Francisco Bay area. Dawson's first novel, Kindred Crimes won the Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel Contest and was nominated for the Anthony and Shamus awards. Her seventh novel, Witness to Evil, takes protagonist Jeri Howard to Paris to rescue a runaway teenager and back to California, where Howard becomes involved in a dangerous confrontation with neo-Nazis. Other Jeri Howard mysteries include Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean, Nobody's Child, and Till the Old Men Die. Janet Dawson was an enlisted journalist in the Navy before moving to Alameda, Calif. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
 
Published March 22, 2018 by Perseverance Press. 232 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Not much mystery, but a nostalgic, wonderfully detailed look at an era when trains were still a major mode of transportation and life, at least on the surface, seemed idyllic compared to today.

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