Elvira’s Ghost. A short story.
The inspiration for this story came, like many things, by chance. I read part of a newspaper article, whilst researching for Mass Murder, stating that in some of the remoter parts of inland Galicia the Guardia Civil get more reports of crimes committed by ghosts or spirits than reports about crimes committed by people. That sparked a train of thought that led to the story. It’s a thriller in which Elvira has to find her ghost before he finds her.
I wrote it as a short story for two reasons: I wanted a reward system for people who join my mailing list. These days we are bombarded by emails, hundreds of emails, usually wanting something from us. I want to get away from that. Of course, from time to time, I will suggest that people buy my latest book, but more than that I wanted to make sure that mailing list members got something in return. The occasional free short story seemed appropriate.
The second reason was to focus on the character of Elvira, although she does appear in both Pilgrim and Mass Murder, I hope in the future she will have a more central role. She will play an important part in ‘Vanishing Point’ which will be book three in the series.
The story starts on the pass through Os Ancares somewhere close to O Cebreiro. If you have ever driven on that road in bad weather you will know how the mist and shadows can be a real problem, and how they move around. For long stretches there is a sheer drop to one side of you, despite it being a good road with little traffic, care is needed.
I enjoy writing short stories, they are quite different to full length novels, and it feels much more like telling a story to a friend.
Mass Murder is Book 2 of the Camino de Santiago Murders, will be published next month. By the time that you read this it will be available for pre-order on Amazon.