Sid Langdon didn't believe in the Greenwood ghost-until murder changed his mind! Sid, a self-doubting magnet for offbeat clients and hapless scenarios, is hired by a wealthy gentleman to investigate mysterious occurrences at his parents' lakeside estate. The man considers the incidents the work of pranksters trading on a local legend of a Confederate officer whose ghost prowls the surrounding woods. When the body of his client's disabled father is found floating beside the boat dock, his skull fractured, possibly by the blunt edge of a sword, Sid suspects it was accident and that his quarry is ghost. Dogged by guilt that his initial skepticism may have contributed to the man's death, Sid is determined to bring the killer in.
Amanda Brenner is a native Midwesterner and has spent her adult life in the business world. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, occasionally venturing into Canada and Nova Scotia. Her initial interest in writing started at an early age, when westerns were the most popular attractions at the local theater. Her first novel, Trail of Vengeance, is in that genre. In the course of plotting and fleshing out this work, she lived at the library, scouring dozens of books for authentic details of life on the frontier in the 1880s. After finishing a second western, Shadow of the Rope, Amanda began to explore a new direction and completed several short stories, along with three contemporary mysteries involving a private investigator she created, the latest being The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue.