The Mortician Series




The Mortician Series, Book

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When Horace
Carpenter begins to court plain looking and painfully shy Ada Hawkins she can’t believe her
good fortune.  He is handsome, charming, and owns his own thriving business – the town’s
mortuary.  After the wedding she learns that he expects to gain even more respect by
being the son-in-law of the richest and most respected man, Dr. Hawkins.  But when the
doctor is discovered performing illegal surgeries he looses everything – including his life.
Horace takes his
anger out on Ada with abuse and inforced isolation
When Ada
discoveres that she is pregnant she hides it from her husband, fearing he might cause her to have
a miscarriage.  When the baby is born his first reaction is rage.  But he quickly
realizes that if he appears to be a wonderful father the townspeople will think even higher of him.
Horace tells Ada that
they must celebrate their son’s second birthday by having a huge birthday party.  The party
is great success.  After the guests leave, Horace directs Ada to clean the kitchen while he
takes care of the baby.
Ada hears her son
scream, and she rushes to the stairwell where his voice had come from.  When she get
there she sees him lying at the bottom the stairs – he turns his head and looks up at his
mother.  Horace tells her to call the doctor.  When she returns after making the call
she sees that the baby is no longer looking up.  His head is now in an awkward
position.  He is no longer moving
Horace taunts his
wife that he has killed the “bastard” and there’s nothing she can do about it.  If she calls
him a murderer he will tell everyone that she has lost her mind, that it was her fault the child
died.  He then tells her he has murdered before and always got by with it.
Ada begins plotting
how she can get revenge for the horible things he has done, and also keep him from killing
others.  It takes her many months to do it, but eventually she kills him in a way that is
most painful to him, yet also undectable as a murder.
When Ada is an old
woman reunites with Emily, a woman who she had befriended when Emily was a child.
While Emily cares for her, Ada tells her the secrets of her life.  She explains that she
stayed living in the mortuary even after Horace died because his evil spirit still lingered there and
that it was her duty to protect others from him.
After Ada dies Emily
is shocked to learn that Ada left her the mortuary and all of her other assetts.  In the will
Ada stated that Emily would know what she must do with the old, haunted, building. Emily isn’t
so sure that she does.
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Other Books
in The Mortician Series:
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The Mortician’s
The Mortician
Series, Book Two

Ada Carpenter went
to her grave knowing that, although she had killed her husband, Horace, his malicious spirit still
lingered on in the mortuary, where she and her mortician husband had lived throughout their
marriage. As she left her earthly body behind, she went with the prayer on her lips that Emily,
her dearest friend, would find a way to protect others from his wicked intentions.

Horace had other
plans. The longer his spirit remained trapped in the mortuary, the angrier he became. His hatred
began with his wife, the woman who had taken his life in the most gruesome way possible. But it
grew to include everyone who thought they could make his home their own.
As the years passed,
Horace found ways to vent his anger by attaching himself to others, using their bodies and their
minds to do his bidding. The moment the leader of the Sisters of the Zodiac entered his home he
knew he had finally found the perfect tool with which to fulfill his most monstrous
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The Mortician’s
The Mortician
Series, Book Three
Terrible things seem
to happen to people who frequent the old mortuary in Dunsmuir, CA. Ever since the first
mortician’s death by his own wife’s hand, the old building has been filled with
The woman who
befriended the mortician’s wife was dismayed when she inherited the building, knowing what she
did about the dark spirit that lurks there. No one believes her when she says that evil hides within
the walls of the Julia Morgan designed house.
In spite of her
warnings a young couple convince her to sell them the building. They see the beauty in its design
and plan on turning it into a Bed and Breakfast. Unfortunately, although they are able to turn the
building into a showplace and are eager to open its doors to overnight visitors, the evil spirit of
the long dead mortician has ideas of his own.
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About the

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Maralee Lowder is a
writer of many genres – romance, historicals, humorous, and metaphysical fiction.  While
living in Dunsmuir, California, she heard stories of the haunted old mortuary on Sacramento
Street, down by the railroad tracks.  The writer part of her brain could not dismiss the
stories she was hearing.  Was the old building truly haunted?  And if it was, who
was haunting it – and why?  She learned that yes, it is haunted, even to this day.
The Mortician’s Wife was inspired by the old building – and the current haunts.
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