2020-05-19 02:49:26 UTC
The best fantasy detective books thread brought to mind some books I read. For the most part, they are straight-up mysteries, except that the protagonist is visited regularly by the family "haint". This the ghost of a former family slave (the books are set in the Mississippi delta) who during and after the war helped the protagonist's great-something grandmother keep the plantation after both their husbands were killed in the fighting.
Now, the ghost doesn't help a lot with the ongoing mysteries, in fact she kind of indicates that such would be against "the rules" She does drop the occasional vague hint or opinion on something. At one point she says she doesn't believe in magic, earning the retort, “Very interesting. A skeptical ghost."
Mostly her appearances are to meddle in the protagonist's personal life. You see, she's currently the last of her line, so unless she breeds another generation, what's a family haint to do without a family to haint? Tick-tock on the biological clock.
Unless the protagonist is seriously nuts, then I guess we have to assume the ghost is real. No one else has seen her (so far) but the pets seem to recognize something when she appears.
Fantasy? Not fantasy? How involved does the supernatural element have to be in the mysteries?