Past Imperfect

by Gordon Bonnet

Sometimes the past does not lie quietly in its grave.

When private detectives Seth Augustine and Bethany Hale take a vacation to the picture-postcard village of Finn Hill in the Adirondacks in mid-December, they figure it'll be an opportunity for some down time—skiing, snowshoeing, and lots of basking in front of a fire or lounging together in the hot tub. But when a chance purchase in an antique store turns up a thirty-year-old note foretelling a murder, they realize that their vacation might not be as relaxing as they'd hoped.

The cryptic note, from a desperately unhappy high school student, explains that she's likely to be killed—because of what she overheard at the funeral of the school custodian. Bethany and Seth soon find out that the student, Martha Darnell, did indeed die a week after the custodian's funeral, and that there are some dark and deadly secrets hidden beneath Finn Hill's perfect, Christmas-card appearance.

But the roots of the murders have lain buried for thirty years. To uncover the truth, they'll have to pry into the private lives and secrets of the townspeople—at least some of whom are very, very reluctant to have the events of three decades ago come to light.

Publisher: Shannon

About the Author

Gordon Bonnet has been writing fiction for decades. Encouraged when his story Crazy Bird Bends His Beak won critical acclaim in Mrs. Moore’s 1st-grade class at Central Elementary School in St. Albans, West Virginia, he embarked on a long love affair with the written word. His interest in the paranormal goes back almost that far, although it has always been tempered by Gordon’s scientific training. This has led to a strange duality; his work as a skeptic and debunker on the popular blog Skeptophilia, while simultaneously writing paranormal and speculative novels, novellas, and short stories. He blogs daily, but is never without a piece of fiction in progress-driven to continue, as he puts it, “because I want to find out how the story ends.” Stay up to date with Gordon and all his writing and appearances on Facebook, Twitter, or at You’ll also find more great fiction on his writing blog, Tales of Whoa.

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