Murder Victim Avenges her Death from Beyond the Grave

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Sometimes the line between the living and the dead is not as clear as we may think. Author Allan McLeod’s murder-suspense novel “Death Spirits” tempts the logical mind to believe the possibility that until the killer is found, a murder victim’s spirit lives on.

Thirty-five-year old Kate Flanagan, a junior detective with the Minot, North Dakota Police Department, is about to get her first murder investigation. What she doesn’t understand is the indescribable force pulling her into this particular case. But she soon discovers that the spirit of the victim, a twenty-five year old school teacher named Zoë Brown, has entered her body and announces its intention to stay until Zoë’s killer is found.

Haunting and suspenseful, “Death Spirits” (ISBN 1411655621) by Allan McLeod turns a small North Dakota village upside down with the shocking murder of a beloved school teacher. As much as Kate Flanagan doesn’t know how to understand the voices within her, the people of Largeville don’t know how to understand Zoë’s murder. Suspicion, accusations, and more murders fuel fear and distrust among the villagers, and Kate discovers not everyone is who they appear to be.

With the guidance of a beautiful young American Indian woman who helps her comprehend the messages of the spirits, Kate must reach deep within to believe that which can’t be seen. Afraid to reveal to her superiors where she is getting her clues, Kate is forced to draw on her inner strength and persevere in the shadow of doubt, while trying to make sense of what is happening in the world around and within her.

“Death Spirits” is a piercing mystery, with Native American undertones. “It is about a logical mind confronting the illogical idea that a murder victim's spirit lives on,” explains McLeod. “It is a about what might happen to a small town discovering that a murderer may be one of them, and it is about discovering that what we know in the light of day isn’t what we know at night when we close our eyes and allow our mind to go to a different place.”

Displaying an exceptional gift for developing characters and strong visual images, McLeod draws readers in with edge-of-your-seat suspense that builds to the spine-tingling end where the murderer is revealed….but not before fraying your nerves, and making your wonder what “Death Spirits” may be lurking around your corner!

McLeod had a long career in commercial and investment banking that started in Western Canada and landed him in New York City in 1970. He began writing fiction part time in 1996 and full time in 2001. McLeod and his wife, Paulette, live with their cat, Smoke, on Manhattan's Upper West Side. “Death Spirits” (ISBN 1411655621) can be purchased at online bookstores. For more information, visit


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