An Old New Job #SampleSunday

Here’s a bit from my paranormal suspense set in 1968, A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE. Mitch has just taken a job as dog-minder and handyman at the town mansion. The maid, Corrie Crawley, thinks he’s possessed by the spirit of the last dog-minder/handyman who worked there.

An Old New Job

by Marian Allen

Corrie stopped me in the passageway again. She giggled. “There’s never been anyone like you! You’re wonderful!”

“No, I’m not. I’m regular. Very normal and ordinary.”

“But you’ve fooled them all! Nobody knows what’s going on!”

cover warsLeast of all, me.

She lunged for me again, but I sidestepped her. I mean, there’s being embraced by a pretty girl, and there’s being attacked by a raving lunatic. Gray eyes or no gray eyes.

“They’re expecting me upstairs.”

“Of course.” Her dimples showed again. I couldn’t blame Albert for making a pass at this girl, at least. Wonder who she thought HE was. Corrie looked up at me from under her eyelashes and said, “You always think of everything.”

“Yeah, well, now I think you’d better show me to that room.”

She blinked in surprise. “You know the way.”

“I’m sorry, Miss Crawley, but I don’t.”

“Miss Crawley? It’s Corrie. Don’t you know me?”

“I just met you!”

She stared at me, speculation blurring the disappointment on her face.

Then she said, “Oh, I see.”

She led me out of the passage and up the stairs. I followed, doing a little speculating myself. I was afraid this job was going to get old fast.


A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE is available in print, digital, and audio versions. The print version can also be ordered from your friendly neighborhood indie bookstore through IndieBound.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is mistaken for someone he/she couldn’t possibly be.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “An Old New Job #SampleSunday

  1. Dan

    June 11, 2017 at 7:49am

    Sometimes, “normal and ordinary” can be wonderful.

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      Marian Allen

      June 11, 2017 at 7:53am

      Where Mitch works, “normal and ordinary” are like doing long division in base eight: nothing like “normal and ordinary” in the outside world. He gets pretty good at it, and that worries him. 😀

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