More Than I Bargained For
This 4,500 word mini-mystery blends offbeat humor with the paranormal.
More Than I Bargained For
A Paranormal Mini-Mystery
Katie doesn’t like going to estate sales. Why? Because she sees dead people.
When Katie reluctantly attends an estate sale with her friend Diane, she gets more than she bargained for. The deceased former owner of the house, Grace, realizes that Katie can communicate with her, and she has a lot to say.
As Katie pretends to shop, Grace tells her the story of how she was murdered—and reveals that her killer is still in the house.
It’s up to Katie to uncover the murder weapon and get it to the police… before time runs out.
Praise for More Than I Bargained For...
"5 stars! Estate sales are not just for the living… Cute short story mystery! I love that Katie can see dead people and in this case, she helps Grace solve her own murder since Grace knows who killed her and the police are suspicious but have no proof...that is until Grace meets Katie and provides that proof. This may be short but it is a great read when you have a short amount of time and it wraps everything up nicely.” - StoreyBook Reviews
“5 stars! Cute paranormal-mini-mystery… A cute story about a young woman who sees dead people. This story caught my attention because, pre-Covid-19, my daughter loved to go to estate sales. The details with such a small word count are wonderful. A fast enjoyable read for when you don't have time to read a longer piece or novel. Recommend it.” - Pat, Amazon Review
"5 stars! Very well written! This story captured my interest right away. The details are spot on and the author knows how to entertain her audience. Thoroughly enjoyed the story!!" - Happenstance, Amazon Review
“4 stars! There’s plenty of unfinished business happening at this estate sale. The character development was fantastic, especially when it came to Grace who was the deceased woman who wanted Katie’s help. I had a strong impression of what all three of the characters were like as individuals, but Grace’s personality was so well-formed that it was easy to forget she was fictional. The ending was satisfying. I appreciated the way the narrator wrapped up all of the most important details of it while still leaving a little wiggle room for a possible sequel. More Than I Bargained For was a wholesome and heartwarming read.” - Long and Short Reviews
"5 stars! This story is perfect for a quick afternoon read. Told in first person, the story about 2 friends attending an estate sale quickly turns into a murder mystery. The main character can see (and talk to) ghosts, and gets involved in solving a crime. I go to a lot of estate sales, so this story appealed to me, and Kelli got all the details down perfectly. She has created another unique tale with plot twists, lively characters, and offbeat humor. I look forward to more of her short fiction." - M. Nemcick, Amazon Reader