Murder Mystery Featuring Sentient Turn-of-the-Century House Now Available For Preorder

MILTON, ONTARIO, July 15, 2022 – Today, the cover art was revealed for upcoming paranormal murder mystery novel Weekends Can Be Murder by Arlene F. Marks.

The cover features a cartoon of a fancy house surrounded by trees in the middle of an empty field with black birds flying away above it.

Set on an island in Georgian Bay, Ontario, this cozy mystery book features the fictional Rafferty House, a Victorian-era summer home turned into a hotel but with a mind of its own. Sending hints to its guests in the form of breezes with no source and doors that refuse to open, Rafferty House is as much a character in the book as are its stars: Larry Holmes, a small town firefighter on critical incident leave, and Selena Watt, organizer of a convention of mystery novel fans.

Dragged reluctantly into a murder mystery theatre weekend at Rafferty House, Larry joins Selena and the members of the local Crime Club along with the celebrity victim, famous but overbearing mystery author Gareth Wylde. When the stage becomes an actual murder scene, however, Larry joins the Crime Club in trying to discover who did it—and gains a special rapport with Rafferty House.

Weekends Can Be Murder is now available for preorders in trade paperback (312 pages, $22.99 CAD) and ebook ($4.99) formats ahead of its November 11, 2022 release. Author Arlene F. Marks will be hosting local book signings and readings around the time of its release, and will also be discussing the book at various panels during virtual conventions Gen Con Online (August 4-7) and When Words Collide (August 12-14).

Born and raised in Toronto, Marks found her storytelling muse at the age of 6, and she has been writing and sharing her imaginative tales ever since. She is also a retired educator and veteran teacher of the craft, having authored two literacy programs for the classroom, as well as From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction. During her life, she has worked as everything from a travel agent to a fashion consultant. However, her first love and current obsession is writing speculative fiction, including her six-book space opera series Sic Transit Terra.

Weekends Can Be Murder is Marks’s third release from Milton, Ontario-based science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag. The book follows the November 2021 science fiction comedy novel Adventures in Godhood and May 2022 short story collection Imaginary Friends. Both titles were critically acclaimed by sources such as Booklist, Amazing Stories Magazine, and Ed Greenwood, award-winning author and creator of The Forgotten Realms.

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