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The Sirens of Suspense


Welcome to the first of five Halloween guest-blogs from Berkley Prime Crime authors whose work features the paranormal! We start the week with Rochelle Staab, author of the Mind For Murder mysteries. Later, we'll have Heather Blake, author of the Wishcraft mysteries; Melissa Bourbon, author of the Magical Dressmaking mystery series; Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery mysteries and Carolyn Hart, author of the Bailey Ruth mysteries.If you comment on any of the blogs this week, you'll be eligible to win the grand prize, the latest book from each of the authors.

Hope you enjoy, Happy Halloween!

ecause some readers have been affected by Hurricane Sandy I'm extending the deadline to comment on any of the blogs to be entered for the grand prize for another week. Please take a moment to visit The Red Cross and The Humane Society websites, both are accepting emergency donations which will go to immediate use for disaster relief, also find out where you can donate blood today HERE.



Rochelle Staab, a former award-winning Top 40 radio programmer and Warner Bros. Records advertising and marketing executive, combined her fascination with the supernatural and a love for mystery in her bestselling Mind for Murder Mystery series featuring L.A. psychologist Liz Cooper and occult expert Nick Garfield. According to Library Journal, "Staab sets her fairly sophisticated blendof the occult in a flashy West Coast locale for great escape reading." Her debut, WHO DO, VOODOO? earned Agatha, Anthony and Eureka! Best First Mystery nominations.

Hear Rochelle read the chilling first chapter of her second novel, BRUJA BROUHAHA on YouTube.

The third Mind For Murder Mystery, HEX ON THE EX will be released May 7, 2013.

Find Rochelle on Twitter and Facebook.

item1 Hallo-weird Superstitions: item1

In my novel Bruja Brouhaha, amateur sleuth Liz Cooper sets her purse at her feet until her friend Carmen warns, “Your purse on the floor invites bad luck. All the money inside will drain out.”

More superstitious than doubtful Liz, after I wrote the scene I began to carry smaller purses to hook on chair backs. Or I park my money and credit cards in my pocket. I consciously avoid siphoning cash to the apparently greedy imps down under. Illogical? Maybe, but my purse bottoms stay clean.

Do you believe in superstitions? Fingers crossed? Knock on wood? Halloween provides a unique collection of myths guaranteed to make an eerie evening with witches, zombies, ghosts, and goblins interesting. The collection from various public domain sites includes:


item6 • Don’t look back if you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween. A ghost could be following you.

• If you’re the curious type and happen to turn and SEE the ghost, circle it nine times to make it disappear.

• If a candle blows out or flickers and turns blue, a ghost has come calling.

• Slamming a door could hurt a ghost. Beware—injured ghosts will haunt you for life.

• Hold your breath driving past cemeteries and evil spirits will not enter your body.

• Toss coins over your shoulder when leaving a cemetery. The spirits must collect the money instead of following you out.

• On Halloween night stand at a crossroads and listen. Your fortune for the next twelve months will be whispered on the wind.

• Want to meet a witch? Wear your clothing inside out and walk backwards.

• Don’t squish that spider! A spider in the house on Halloween is the visiting spirit of a loved one.

• Happy Birthday, October 31 babies. You can see and talk to spirits.


I’m throwing a virtual Halloween Costume Party here and you’re invited!

I’m feeling literary this year and will (virtually) be dressed as 1920s Dorothy Parker in a calf-length shapeless shift, cloche hat, and Mary Jane ankle strap shoe. Cigarette holder and straight-up whiskey sour in hand. Since anything goes, my Mind For Murder characters are joining the celebration. Liz Cooper as Nefertiti; Nick Garfield in an Indiana Jones leather jacket; Robin Bloom as Marilyn Monroe; Dave Gordon in a Hercule Poirot mustache and bowler; Viv Gordon as Glenda the Good Witch; and Walter Gordon as Cary Grant in a tux with a Transatlantic accent.

Join the festivities for a chance to win an autographed copy of BRUJA BROUHAHA. Comment below describing your costume; this is your opportunity to don the getup you’d never wear in public. The stranger and wilder the better. On Halloween I’ll conjure the magic random number picker to select a winner.

Have a deliciously spooky Halloween!




WHAT'S YOUR DREAM COSTUME? Tell us, or ask Rochelle a question by commenting below or visit us and share your thoughts on our Facebook page. and be entered to win a signed copy of BRUJA BROUHAHA, as well as Friday's grand prize of a book from each of this week's guest authors!

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