Author tells ghost stories during visit to bookstore
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The Séance Socie
The Séance Socie
WILMINGTON- Mystery writer and storyteller Michael Nethercott will be appearing at Bartleby’s Books on Saturday, October 12, at 2 pm, as part of his ongoing book tour. He will begin the event by telling several ghost stories, both traditional and (presumably) true—from his sprawling Irish family. Nethercott’s newly released novel “The Séance Society” (St. Martin’s Press) is the first installment of a series set in the 1950s. The detective team featured in it, O’Nelligan and Plunkett, have previously appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and in “O’Nelligan’s Glory,” winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award. This is the first full-length novel to feature there.

“The Séance Society,” called “a classically styled Holmes-ian whodunit” by Publishers Weekly, is a traditional mystery a la Agatha Christie and Rex Stout. It’s 1956, and when murder intrudes on a group of ghost seekers, inexperienced private eye Lee Plunkett enlists the help of Mr. O’Nelligan, a scholarly, quirky Irish immigrant who can freely quote Celtic poets, Shakespeare or Elvis Presley. The duo is drawn into a murder investigation involving the “Spectricator,” a machine designed to communicate with the dead. Soon, Plunkett and O’Nelligan are knee-deep in a suspect pool that includes a surly medium, a former speakeasy queen, a mysterious Spanish widow, and a slew of eccentric servants.

Following the storytelling, Nethercott will read a short excerpt from “The Séance Society,” discuss the book, and field audience questions. Copies of the novel will be available and can be signed by the author. Bartleby’s Books is located at 17 West Main Street in historic downtown Wilmington. Call (802) 464-5425 or visit for more information.
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