A Spectral Inspector Mystery
Once, Osgood and Frost were the up-and-coming stars of the burgeoning paranormal investigation TV show craze before a hoax put an end to their friendship, partnership, and television careers. Now, over a decade later, Prudence Osgood is a barely-functioning alcoholic ghosthunter for hire. Her yearning for mystery and adventure is reignited when she receives a cryptic, untraceable email. She can't resist embarking on an investigation that tugs threads winding through a sinister series of disappearances, her former partner's family, and a night twenty years ago when a semi blew a yellow light and nearly killed her.
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I am Prudence Osgood, The Spectral Inspector.
I come from a family of liars and cheats. The Osgoods were grifters, way back. My grandfather’s father, mother. Lilian and Ernest, The Psychic Osgoods, who for two bits would bring you into their parlor and call forth your deceased family members from the margins. Your spectral relations would manifest with a shake of the table, or a flicker of the lights. If you were lucky, you'd maybe even get an ectoplasmic photograph. They didn’t believe a word of what they were saying, of course. Their fraud was a cynical cash grab. Telling people what they wanted to hear based on observation and the theater of lucky guesses.
While they would’ve argued they’re bringing peace to those who came to them. And isn’t even imaginary peace, imaginary glimpses beyond this life, worth some cash? The church would certainly agree with that in private if not public.
I am not a fraud. I want to prove the existence of an afterlife to bring peace to billions.
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