The CID Team find themselves in a spirited case that begins with the stabbing death of a woman involved with Watching the Church Porch. The investigation quickly turns bizarre when they discover she was a psychic. Perhaps not a very good one, or she would have forecast her own death. On top of that, her spirit wasn’t the one seen during the church porch watch. And the villager whose coffin-carrying ghost was seen seems quite unconcerned about her future, despite her friend’s demise. Is it because she killed the psychic ⎯ or knows who did? Perhaps of greater concern to the CID Team: is the killer blood, flesh and bone, or an astral apparition?
Taylor & Graham
The watchers that night who saw only blackness and the suggestion of trees massed against an ebony sky claimed later that they knew something would happen. Some probably cursed their ill luck that they hadn't chosen the right hour to watch; others probably feigned disappointment but secretly rejoiced that they hadn't seen it. But one watcher, enveloped in fog and superstition, neither rejoiced nor cursed, viewing the spectacle merely as an eyewitness to the centuries-old custom and accepting the dubious honor that added his name to the meager lis of Those Who Had Seen. A watcher didn't see a ghost evry night.
Or a dead body.
I learned of both when Scott Coral rang me up that Wednesday morning....