The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah by Evelyn David is the third short story in the “Brianna Sullivan” mystery series. November 2010

‘Tis the season to be jolly and the ghosts of Lottawatah are determined to horn in on the holiday revelry. In “Giving Thanks in Lottawatah,” Brianna Sullivan must find an engagement ring that has been missing for 35 years, deal with the mother of her boyfriend who is holding a grudge because Brianna almost killed her with crab dip, and wrangle family ghosts to give up old secrets and enjoy the holiday. For a story to die for and some laughs that will leave you gasping for breath, check out “Giving Thanks in Lottawatah.”

There won’t be much to celebrate at Christmas for 14-year-old Tim Cramer unless Brianna can find the killer who framed his father for murder. Her best witness? The dead man himself. But getting a ghost to spit out the information she needs is never easy. Instead, Brianna must use old-fashioned detective skills to find the real killer and bring holiday joy to Tim and his family. For a heartwarming, but mysterious holiday story, with Brianna’s signature humor, enjoy “Bah Humbug in Lottawatah.”

What would the holidays be without ghostly spirits. For many years, the family wondered what happened to Cooper’s mom’s engagement ring and this Thanksgiving answers will be found. He can’t leave until the guilty man is punished and with Cooper’s help, Brianna will right a wrong. Both short stories will put you in a holiday spirit. My rating: 4 stars

Evelyn David is the pseudonym for Marian Edelman Borden and Rhonda Dossett.

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