Hello. I’m Wallace Prescott, the manager of Carlisle Castle, where every guest is treated like royalty. At least that’s what it says on our new brochures. We used to be a small country inn nestled in the woods located just outside of Kalamazoo, MI. Jessica and her mother Linda converted their family home to an inn ten years ago and they’ve built a loyal following. But since Clarissa Carlisle (niece and cousin) moved in, things have changed. She wants Carlisle Castle to become a destination spa experience. I don’t know if it’s working.
Even with Ms. Carlisle’s modifications, the knitters are back again this year. They booked the entire castle for their weekend workshop. I thought it would make my job fairly easy. I thought they’d entertain themselves with the workshops. I thought, “how much trouble can a bunch of knitters be?” Plus, winter conferences help to keep the lights on and the bills paid.
However, it’s been one difficulty after another since the knitters arrived. The first problem is the yarn-bombing contest. Every time I think I’m caught up on my work, another knitter is here at the desk wanting me to climb a ladder to install more knitting in precarious places. I’ve begun sending them to the maintenance guy – he ought to be good for something. Fixing things is apparently not one of his talents. Another worry is that there is a huge snowstorm on the way. We sent most of the staff home to avoid the snow and now we’re down to a skeleton crew. I hope we have enough food to last through the weekend. If we lose power, things are going to get tense. I don’t think people can knit in the dark and then what will they do?
Violet Greer, one of the knitters, has been badgering me about the Carlisle ghost. We do have a ghost, but I’m not supposed to talk about it. I don’t know how she did it, but she dragged the story out of me and now I seriously regret it. If Ms. Carlisle finds out I told the story, she’ll be furious. She seems to think she can stamp out all knowledge of the ghost just by ignoring it.
And then, two new guests showed up with no reservations. Clyde Fortune and Mac McKenzie didn’t seem happy to discover that Ms. Greer was staying here. At least she offered to share her room overnight or I don’t know where we would have put them. I think we’ll just about survive the storm, as long as nothing else goes wrong. . .
You can read more about Wallace and Carlisle Castle in A Fright to the Death, the third book in the “Family Fortune” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first two books in the series are Pall in the Family and Be Careful What You Witch For.
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About the author
Dawn Eastman lived in Michigan for many years, in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her family and one extremely bossy small dog. She is the national bestselling author of The Family Fortune Mystery Series, which features psychics, animal communication, quirky characters and murders. For more information, visit www.DawnEastman.com