Nina Bannister’s good friend, Margot Gavin, has invited Nina to her bed and breakfast plantation house, The Candles, for a few days of rest. Nina is looking forward to a quiet visit with Margot, and the two friends sit down to a snack of tea and wine. Unbeknownst to them, their plans will be interrupted, first by thirty unexpected guests (and their cats) who arrive by limousines, and then by an unexpected former owner who has been deceased since the Civil War. What else can possibly occur? How about an unexpected hurricane (the aptly named Clarence)! Can Nina and Margot face the many challenges (and keep their sense of humor) for what will happen when the wind blows, the rain rains and the fur flies—literally—in this weirder than weird Climate Change?
Pam ‘T’Gracie’ Reese is an assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Nina Bannister was created while T’Gracie was a doctoral student at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She has happy memories of exploring Acadiana, dancing the Cajun waltz, catching beads at Mardi Gras and listening to French on the radio. (Geaux Cajuns!) Still, she also loves her new life in Ft. Wayne and enjoys getting to know northern Indiana. (Go Mastodons!)
Joe Reese is a writer and teacher. He’s only partially responsible for the six Nina Bannister mysteries (co-written with his wife, T’Gracie), but he has to take full blame for Kate Dee andKatie Haw: Letters from a Texas Farm Girl and the play Lunacy: A Play for Our Times.
He and his wife have three children: Kate, Matthew, and Sam. The two of them now live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where each teaches at IPFW.