Do you believe in ghosts?
I never did. For one thing, I’m from New York, and say what you want about the Big Apple, but you have to admit we’re a practical lot. To live and thrive in NYC, you have to be. For another thing . . . well, I mean, come on! Ghosts? I’ve always thought ghosts were a lot like falling gas prices. An interesting thing to think about but you know it’s never going to happen.
Then I came to South Bass Island to pursue my dream of owning a B&B housed in a gargantuan old Victorian that’s dripping with charm. This is where I met Luella, Chandra and Kate, the other members of the League of Literary Ladies. Together, we read classic novels and we meet to discuss them.
What I didn’t know when I moved lock, stock and barrel to this tiny strip of land in Lake Erie is that South Bass has it’s own resident ghost. At least that’s what the legend says. Charles (Sleepy) Harlow was a bootlegger and rumrunner back during the 1920s. He ran afoul of some other local bad guys and when they killed him, they cut off his head. Yuck! Island lore says that every October, Sleepy shows up to look for his missing noggin’.
And it’s all very cute in an urban-legend sort of way, but it can’t be true.
Tell that to the ghost hunters who showed up on the island to look for Sleepy. Tell that to the person who ended up getting murdered as a result. And while you’re at it, tell that to Kate, the owner of the local winery where Sleepy’s ghosts has allegedly been seen. The police think Kate is the murderer!
It’s time for the League of Literary Ladies to put aside “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” this month’s reading choice, and get to work. We’re on the trail of a killer . . . and a ghost!
“The Legend of Sleepy Harlow” goes on sale this Tuesday, October 5, at bookstores and online.