Mark Jasper,
Haunted Inns of New England
(On Cape, 2000)

If you enjoy New England history and like a good bone-chilling fright in the dark, you will enjoy Haunted Inns of New England. Author Mark Jasper invites you along on his journey of open-minded discovery, and his detailed descriptions of the locations will make you feel as though you are walking through the front door along with him.

The stories highlight the history and hauntings of many New England inns, most not widely known and off the beaten path (although the well-worn Lizzie Borden surfaces yet again; perhaps interesting to those not from New England). The first-hand interviews are with contemporary people at real locations, and in almost all cases the inn's name, town and telephone number are included. Many photographs are included as well.

I picked this up while staying at the Daniel Webster Inn, not knowing what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised. I believe you will find this an easy, delightful read. Jasper's prose is a bit sugary, but to his credit the stories are told totally without embellishment, allowing the readers to judge the validity of the stories for themselves.

Be sure to read this one on a dark, stormy night, curled up in front of a roaring fire!

book review by
Lee Lukaszewicz

14 August 2010

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