You kats and kittens who’ve been following Tiki Lounge Talk probably know by now that yours truly, Tiki Chris has written a 600 page murder mystery ghost story set, of course, in the past. Murder Behind The Closet Door was written especially for people like you – people who dig the rich, fun cultures of America’s pop past.
The story takes place mainly in the South Jersey shore towns of Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, known to the locals as The Wildwoods, during the summer/winter of 1978-79, with flashbacks to 1938 and the 1950s. It all centers around a young Jersey girl named Heather who starts her adult life as a marketing director of one of the world famous Wildwood amusement piers. She moves into a century-old rooming house with two roommates, Karen and Vicky, and starts having the time of her life. Then, slowly, mysterious things start happening to Heather. Voices in the night. Locked doors opening while she sleeps. Strange sounds coming from her bedroom closet.
Eventually the disturbances become more dangerous than annoying, and with the help of her boyfriend and some surprising friends she discovers the source of the problems. But it doesn’t end there. In fact, that’s only the beginning.
It’s a retro-noir thriller, a story that will appeal to people who love Stephen King or Micky Spillane. It’s a retro-style mystery that’s crammed with the nuances that will make you feel like you’re actually in 1979, or 1938, or 1957. It’s got murder, ghosts, beautiful women, a hard-boiled detective, romance, mystery, the boardwalk, the beach, ice & snow, haunted houses, a haunted graveyard, a haunted junk yard and diners. It’s got great music, great characters and great fun.
To read more about Murder Behind The Closet Door, visit the official page at StarDust Mysteries, check out the Facebook fan page, or jump to Amazon.com for a quick synopsis and several 5-star reader reviews!
What people are saying about Murder Behind The Closet Door:
“GREAT BOOK!! Started reading it Friday night, barely could put it down, till I finished it Sunday!!!! Highly recommend!!!!!”
-Susanne Faust- McDevitt
“While many readers will enjoy author Chris Pinto’s story, what I like most is his literary-quality descriptiveness. I was pulled into each scene, forgetting my own surroundings as I wandered from one of his haunted locales to the next”
-Joseph M. Faser
“Retro-culture impresario and swingin’ scribe Chris Pinto has created a vibrant, entertaining, compelling and imaginative portrait of a very specific time and place – South Jersey in the late 1970s – with a grisly ghost story at its center. The reader delves into a richly depicted world where one keenly tastes, feels, smells and lives the sensations of the Wildwood boardwalk area and its residents throughout a series of mysteriously macabre events. I very much look forward to Chris’s next hardboiled but heartfelt endeavor.”
-Will “Will The Thrill” Vaharo
“If Stephen King and Mickey Spillane had a son (in a bookish kind of way, that is), Christopher Pinto would be that son. He effortlessly blends the paranormal thriller with the hard-boiled detective in “Murder Behind the Closet Door.” Add to that, healthy doses of mystery and romance, and you’ve got the literary equivalent of a ride through an amusement pier haunted house. And what a fun ride!”
“I loved this book…from beginning to end it kept me riveted. The mystery, the supernatural angle, the twists in the story that take it in totally different directions from where I thought it would go. A definite page turner! I stayed up late a cpl nights because I couldnt put it down! Being a HUGE fan of mysteries, crime novels AND the supernatural…this was everything i could want in a book.” (Ok, my wife wrote this one, but she meant it!)
I know a lot of people are apprehensive of shelling out clams on a book. So check out some bits from it on the StarDust site, or even read a few pages on Amazon.com. Plus you can be a fan of the MBTCD fan page on facebook. But if you dig what you read here, I know you’re gonna flip for Murder Behind The Closet Door. And when you do, make sure you leave a nice comment 😉
Tiki Chris P, aka Mack, writing from the library at The StarDust Mystery Lounge, Florida