Assistant history Professor Allison Leigh enjoys working as a docent at the Tarleton-Dandridge house. Bearing a striking resemblance to the famous heroine Lucy Tarleton, Allison gives tours of the house that was taken over by British General Lord Brian “Beast” Bradley. After a tour, Allison finds a fellow guide dead. Later, she is called to the hospital by a young boy who was on an earlier tour. His father is in a coma, and the boy claims that a ghost from the house followed them to the hotel.
FBI special agent Tyler Montague is the first Texas Krewe member called in to investigate the most recent death at the Tarleton-Dandridge House. Legend has it that a painting of the Beast has caused a number of mysterious deaths. As a skeptic and former Texas Ranger, Tyler feels fairly confident that a painting cannot kill. As Allison and Tyler try to figure out the mystery of the house, they sense their attraction growing. Will they make it out of the house ... or will they fall victim to the curse? (MIRA, Sep., 352 pp., $7.99)