Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves – #Occult #Ghosts The Haunting of Chatham Hollow by Mae Clair and Staci Troilo

Delighted to share the news of the latest release from Mae Clair and Staci TroiloThe Haunting of Chatham Hollow

About the book

One founding father.
One deathbed curse.
A town haunted for generations.

Ward Chatham, founder of Chatham Hollow, is infamous for two things—hidden treasure and a curse upon anyone bold enough to seek it. Since his passing in 1793, no one has discovered his riches, though his legend has only grown stronger.

In 1888, charlatan Benedict Fletcher holds a séance to determine the location of Chatham’s fortune. It’s all a hoax so he can search for the gold, but he doesn’t count on two things—Victor Rowe, a true spiritualist who sees through his ruse, and Chatham’s ghost wreaking havoc on the town.

More than a century later, the citizens of the Hollow gather for the annual Founder’s Day celebration. A paranormal research team intends to film a special at Chatham Manor, where the original séance will be reenacted. Reporter and skeptic Aiden Hale resents being assigned the story, but even he can’t deny the sudden outbreak of strange happenings. When he sets out to discover who or what is threatening the Hollow—supernatural or not— his investigation uncovers decades-old conflicts, bitter rivalries, and ruthless murders.

This time, solving the mystery isn’t about meeting his deadline. It’s about not ending up dead.

One of the early reviews for the book

Joan H 5.0 out of 5 stars The Love of Money… Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2022

I’ve read and enjoyed several books by both authors, so you can bet I was eager to get a copy of this one. The Haunting of Chatham Hollow didn’t disappoint.

Ward Chatham, founder of Chatham Hollow was a bitter and evil man. It’s said the love of money is the root of all evil, and that’s certainly the case with him. When he died there were rumors he had hidden all his gold somewhere within his home, Chatham Manor.

Almost a century after his death, the wife of Chatham’s mayor invites several people, including two mediums, into their home (Chatham Hollow) to conduct a séance. Charlatan Benedict Fletcher attempts to summon Ward Chatham’s ghost. He along, with everyone present, got more than they bargained for and left the citizens of Chatham Hollow believing Ward had cursed the town.

Fast forward to the present day when the renowned television show Spirit Search comes to town during the annual founders day celebration for a reenactment of the séance. Will Chatham’s ghost reappear?

Set in two different centuries, the dual timeline flowed seamlessly. The setting and descriptions made me feel like I was in Chatham Hollow—both past and present. The characters are well-developed.

It takes skill for two people to co-author a book. These authors certainly know their craft. If you enjoy a good ghost story, I highly recommend this book. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

About Mae Clair

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats.

A selection of other books by Mae Clair

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Mae on: Goodreads Website: Mae Clair – Twitter: @MaeClair1 

About Staci Troilo

Staci Troilo grew up in Western Pennsylvania writing stories and poetry in her free time, so it was no surprise that she studied writing in college. After receiving creative and professional writing degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, she went on to get her Master’s Degree in Professional Writing, and she worked in corporate communications until she had her children. When they had grown, she went on to become a writing professor, and now she is a freelance writer and editor.

Staci is a multi-genre author. Her fiction is character-driven, and despite their protests, she loves to put them in all kinds of compromising or dangerous situations.

You can find out more about her on her website. Staci Troilo

A small selection of books written by Staci Troilo

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK –Follow Staci: GoodreadsBlog: Staci Troilo WordPress – Website: Staci TroiloTwitter@stacitroilo –


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.



123 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves – #Occult #Ghosts The Haunting of Chatham Hollow by Mae Clair and Staci Troilo

  1. Really enjoyed this one, and hoping to get a review out soon. (We are prepping for a possible hurricane hitting us by Tuesday, so a wee bit busy today). Thanks for a great post, Sally, and HUGE congratulations to Mae & Staci for this super collaboration. Wonderfully spooky tale, indeed!! 😀 ❤

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      • Thanks, Sally! I suspect this one is going to impact us, but hopefully, it won’t reach hurricane strength. That would be nice! 😀 Will update again as it gets closer. ❤

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      • I did, indeed, enjoy the story, Staci, and hope to get my review out later today. Thanks for the prayers, too. No matter where one of these storms ends up, there’s always a possibility for severe property damage, or worse, and prayers are always welcome! 😀 ❤

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, Marcia. And I’ve been thinking about you down there in Ian’s path. Hubby and I, along with my sisters, brother, and their spouses are scheduled to fly into Cape Coral on Thursday for a family reunion and then an extended vacation. We’re just waiting things out to see what happens.

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      • Oh, wow! I hope it doesn’t develop into much at all. Cape Coral is extremely vulnerable to hurricanes. (Mark’s parents lived there for many years, so we visited the area often. Let’s hope Ian just fizzles out in the middle of the Gulf, and we can all breathe easier! 😀 ❤

        And yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. LOTS of shivers, just the way I like! I'm still hoping to get the review written today, if all goes well. 🤗💖🤗

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  2. Sally, thanks so much for opening your blog to showcase The Haunting of Chatham Hollow today. I’m delighted to be here, and truly appreciate all your help and support in helping spread the news of my new release with Staci!

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  4. A great addition to the bookshelves, Sally. The book was highly entertaining and the collaboration between Mae and Staci was seamless. Wonderful seance and paranormal scenes as well as some great humor and sweet romance. Congrats to both authors on the excellent read. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. A great review! I’ve already started reading this one and love it! I’m not supposed to read for very long at a time at the moment, but I’m afraid it’s going to be too hard to put it down. xx

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  6. Congratulations, Mae and Staci. I loved The Haunting and hope to post a review within the day. Your writing partnership produced a gem. Bravo! Thank you, Sally, for featuring these two wonderful writers. ❤️

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