First of the dramatic mysteries

Set in Napa, California, in the 1940’s, The Something in the Attic  introduces Kiki Moore, a girl whose family seeks refuge on a run-down prune ranch while the father, an Army officer, prepares to go off to war.  When Kiki’s mother, Emily Moore, becomes the target of dangerous, unexplainable accidents, the girl discovers a ghostly presence and is drawn into solving an old mystery.  This story weaves the complex dynamics of military families, rural California life, and father/daughter tensions into an absorbing paranormal coming-of-age tale.

This is B. Payton-Settles’ first novel. Her short story, “A Second Chance,” appeared in Cent’Anni: May You Live 100 Years. She is currently at work on a second novel, a mystery set in San Rafael, California.


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