Pitcher Plant

The fixer-upper near the beach seemed like a steal until Tawny unearthed a body.
Now she’s stalked by a killer.

Cover reveal coming soon!


When Tawny Ellis spots a weathered fixer-upper for sale in Seaside, Oregon, she jumps at the chance to own a cottage near the beach. She and her husband Mark are tired of sinking money into a high-priced rental, and hope they can supplement their income by opening a bed and breakfast. Their marriage begins to unravel as expensive repairs turn their dream home into a financial trap.

Then one of Tawny’s daughters starts talking about a new friend, one who might be imaginary. This friend bears a striking resemblance to a past resident, a little girl who squatted in the house with her drug-addicted mother while the cottage was vacant. Now the girl and her mother are missing, and Tawny suspects the former owner may be responsible for their disappearances. After finding evidence of foul play, Tawny fears she and her daughters may become his next victims.

“A fun read that combines a classic haunted house story with romance and a very creepy serial killer.” –Hester Young, author of The Gates of Evangeline and The Shimmering Road

“Melissa Eskue Ousley draws you into a drafty, old fixer-upper on the turbulent Oregon Coast with the perfect mix of creaking floors, creepy dolls, and mysterious footprints in the unfinished basement. She’s crafted a suspenseful page turner that harkens back to childhood ghost stories with a touch of paranormal that will keep you guessing!” –Kate Dyer-Seeley, author of Scene of the Climb

“Eskue Ousley skillfully weaves a tightly plotted tale with a memorable cast of characters, including an old house with secrets that won’t stay buried–a riveting read that will keep you up at night!” –Marian McMahon Stanley, author of The Immaculate, a Rosaria O’Reilly mystery

“Seaside setting, haunted house (or is it?), creepy dolls—all the makings of a bewitching tale. Toss in a bit of romance and prepare to be up way too late, turning pages.” –Deb Vanasse, author of Cold Spell and Out of the Wilderness

Pitcher Plant will be published this May with Filles Vertes Publishing!

© Melissa Eskue Ousley 2017