Where There's A Will by Judy Penz Sheluk

A Glass Dolphin Mystery

A haunted house, an old murder, bidding wars, feuding beneficiaries, and far too many secrets.

Where there's a will

Emily Garland is getting married and looking for the perfect forever home. When the old, and some say haunted, Hadley house comes up for sale, she’s convinced it’s “the one.” The house is also perfect for reality TV star Miles Pemberton and his new series, House Haunters. Emily will fight for her dream home, but Pemberton’s pockets are deeper than Emily’s, and he’ll stretch the rules to get what he wants.

While Pemberton racks up enemies all around Lount’s Landing, Arabella Carpenter, Emily’s partner at the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, has been hired to appraise the contents of the estate, along with her ex-husband, Levon. Could the feuding beneficiaries decide there’s a conflict of interest? Could Pemberton?

Things get even more complicated when Arabella and Levon discover another will hidden inside the house, and with it, a decades-old secret. Can the property stay on the market? And if so, who will make the winning offer: Emily or Miles Pemberton?

Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

Language: English

Keywords: real estate, cozy mystery, inheritance, Canadian mystery, women sleuths, amateur sleuth, antiques

Word Count: 47357

Sales info:

This is the third and final book in my Glass Dolphin cozy mystery series and it wraps up all the storylines from books 1 and 2, leaving the main characters in a great place in their lives. Av. rating on Amazon 4.4. Av. rating on Goodreads 4.33.

Sample text:

Emily felt moderately guilty about not being at the Glass Dolphin for Appraisal Day, but she was more likely to be a hindrance than any sort of help. Sure, she’d been studying under Arabella for the past few months, but she had miles to go before she would be qualified to offer an appraisal. Her background was in journalism, and her role as partner in the shop was primarily focused on marketing, which was why she’d come up with the Appraisal Day concept. Arabella had been a reluctant participant at first, but she’d gradually warmed to the idea, albeit with extreme caution. That, to Emily’s mind, was Arabella’s biggest problem. The woman didn’t know how to chill out and have fun. And ever since her short fling with Hudson Tanaka had ended, she’d been broody, too. Would Arabella ever admit to herself that it was Levon or no one? 

Even so, Emily had fully intended to be at the Glass Dolphin on Appraisal Day, until Poppy had called her late the night before, too keyed up to wait until morning. After nearly a decade of being rented out, the old Hadley house was finally on the market. According to Poppy, it was priced to sell and would get snapped up fast. 

She had hesitated at first, given what she’d heard about the property’s history. How many people wanted to buy a house where the owner had been murdered? True, he hadn’t actually been murdered in the house, but the case had never been solved, and for the past decade, tenants had come and gone, none staying beyond a few months. Rumor had it the spirit of Esther Harriet Hadley haunted the house, unable to rest until her husband's killer was brought to justice. 

Emily browsed through the online photos and virtual tour and thought this could be “the one,” the creepiness factor of the old murder notwithstanding. Besides, it wasn’t as if she believed in ghosts.

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