Tuesday, September 29, 2015

House hunting? How about House Haunting?

By Eve Simpson,
Cabot Cove Real Estate Agent

Oh mes amis (or is it amies?) you would not believe the number of books in this house. You can barely walk with all the piles of them in the library, not counting the ones on the steps leading upstairs. And in the basement, too! Shelves and shelves!

And my friend Jessica Fletcher tells me that, as far as she can see, most of them are just old, not to mention dusty, but probably not valuable. Anyway, I was about to call Herb the junkman to come cart them all away when Jessica challenged me to put them all up at a book sale to benefit our local library. Well, frankly that's more work than it's worth, but it's for Jessica--and the library, of course. And why pay to have them taken away when we can get some people to take them away for free? I like the sound of that. Of course that means organizing them in some fashion and I'm tres, tres busy, plus I wouldn't want to get all messy; I've just had my hair done and a manicure. Well, you understand, I'm sure. I'm not so certain Jessica did.

So to get on with it, the Spencer Percy House has good bones, as we in the real estate field like to say. Big, roomy, pretty property with a barn, nice views of the water. The kitchen is--well let's not talk about the kitchen right now. Cliff Cooper, its recently deceased owner, was so smart in selecting me as the right person to sell it. After all, I've been selling houses in Cabot Cove for umpteen years. The only stumbling block is this one little bitty problem. The house may be haunted.

I've never seen anything strange there, other than the numbers of books, but unfortunately other people have. The cleaning crew I hired refused to do the bedrooms, said there was a lady in white floating at the top of the stairs. They gave me back the key so fast my head was spinning. And then the painters--well you know about painters, don't you? No? Well, I'm not sure what they are, but I do know they're afraid of ghosts or whatever it was that made the rooms so cold. Brrr!

Anyway, true to my nature, I found the perfect solution--a medium. Oh, you met her last month, you say? Well, she's famous, or soon-to-be, and we struck a deal. You see, she has this online program. I've never seen it, but she assures me it's going viral any day now. She'll get to use the Spencer Percy House as a location for her program. Location! Don't you just love the movie company lingo? And I'll get--what did she call it again?--I know, a sageing. That's where she goes around the house with a bunch of burning herbs to smoke out the bad spirits. 

And then a bonus--this yummy carpenter shows up and he's going to help me fix up the place. He looks so much like Magnum, P.I., remember him? Don't you just love a man with a mustache? I do.

(The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher is number 44 in the "Murder, She Wrote" series of original mysteries based on the popular television show starring the wonderful Dame Angela Lansbury. We have a brand new copy of the book, which debuts October 6th, for one lucky North American reader. Just comment below to enter the drawing.)


Location, location, location! That's real estate lingo, too.
Do you like to look at old houses on TV or IRL ("in real life" for my generation).





42 comments:

  1. I like to do both. On some of my vacations, my family and I would tour plantations and other historical houses (the Biltmore Estate). There is something lovely about the houses.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Jen. The Biltmore has fabulous gardens, too.

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  2. I always have so much fun reading this series! I love old houses! My favorite was where our great-aunt and great uncle lived. This old family house had a turret and of course, that's the room I always wanted to be in! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I love old houses and wish I had the skills to renovate them. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. We do, too, but we leave construction to the experts, and watch This Old House instead. :-)

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  4. This is just delightful. I love old houses with charm and enjoy touring them. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Isn't it interesting how "charming" and "old" go hand in hand?

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  5. Yummy carpenters and old house have appeal and interest me greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Lucky you, Traveler! You're our winner in the giveway.

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  6. I love old houses especially Victorian. Thanks for the drawing. jr_dj_gantt@juno.com

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  7. my house was built in the late 1800's so yep... lol

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  8. Eve Simpson, what a character. Always so exasperating but a good friend.

    For the most part, I like to look at old houses on TV or online. Sometimes it is just fascinating the nooks and crannies and what the builder hid.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Hello again, Grandma. There's a secret hiding place in The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher, but it isn't part of the house.

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  9. I had an aunt and uncle with a house where the stairs kept disappearing under piles of books. Each visit it got worse.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Sounds like Cliff Cooper's house in The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher.

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  10. Eve, I'm so glad that you're featured in this story and I'm looking forward to reading all about it!!! :-)

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  11. thanks Diana. I would love to go to a haunted house and experience it myself as long as its good ghosts :)

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    1. Yes, we agree. Kind of hard to tell the good from the bad ghosts though.

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  12. Thanks for your comments! Of the two of us we both agree that Renee is the old house fan and Don tolerates her devotion to real estate TV, mostly HGTV. But we both enjoy touring old houses as we've done in Savannah when researching A Slaying in Savannah. The house in The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher was based on several historic houses in Maine. We combine the elements we like best to picture the home we're writing about.

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  13. I think old houses have so much character. I'd love to live in one that has been all restored.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  14. I love looking at old houses in person ... a home's character always seems to shine through if you are physically there.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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    1. The best homes are the ones that reflect the personality of the occupants, don't you think?

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  15. I love old houses and all of the vintage thing inside them.
    I also love Jessica Fletcher.

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    1. We love Jessica, too, Annette. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. I pre ordered THE GHOST AND MRS FLETCHER and I am eagerly awaiting it to arrive! I love this series!
    I love old homes, my home is closing in on it's 100 year birthday! I love living in an old home, looking at old homes (both on t.v. and irl.)

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    1. Ooh, lucky you, living in a vintage home! Hope you enjoy the book, Margaret.

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  17. We think it's tough to imagine a ghost in a new home. Ours is only ten years old, so no spectral presences here. You need the creaking boards (we do have those), the slightly dusty attic, the room no one wants to sleep in, the odd sounds in the dead of night. Ooh, giving us the shivers just thinking about it. Both old houses and new are interesting to look through. But the vintage homes edge out the modern ones for that elusive trait--charm.

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  18. Love looking at old houses. They have so much charm. And they were built to last.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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    1. It does seem that older homes are more sturdy. Certainly the ones that are still around from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.

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  19. This has not only been a favorite book series of mine, but I own all the TV episodes! Best of luck to everyone!

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    1. So glad you like the books, Tammy. Thanks for joining in.

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  20. Of course, I remember Magnum! Lucky you!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. It's the mysterious carpenter who looks like Magnum. Eve likes a man with a mustache.

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  21. I remember MSW, but haven't watched lately and I have NEVER read one for sure. Foury-Four, wow! I had no idea. Would love to take a peak at this series.

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    1. Hi Sheryl, unfortunately your number wasn't the lucky one. We hope you'll try one of the books anyway. Your local library probably has access to the entire series. Hope you'll join us again.

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  22. Living in an old house is like a mystery. You never know what's going to need attention next. Sometimes in our house it feels like there is something tiptoeing around and setting something off when we least expect it. That combined with Jessica Fletcher sounds like an interesting book. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Yup! We used to live in a house like that, Robin. It had been a stable. We would say that if we had any ghosts, they neighed.

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  23. Angela Lansbury is fantastic and I so enjoyed this series. Stories of haunted houses and ghosts are always fun to read. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  24. Well Hello Traveler! The Random Number Generator picked you as the winner of a copy of The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher. Congratulations! We will contact you on email for your snail mail address. Thanks all for playing along with us on Killer Characters. Look for us again on the 29th of each month for more about the "Murder, She Wrote" series in print.

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