Case of the Haunted Hearts, Scene 1: Setting the Stage

Wait … “Scene,” not “Chapter”? Why, yes, dear reader, you’ve run into this book’s little writing gimmick: There are little film script flourishes everywhere. So each chapter is labeled “scene”, and most of the little section breaks have stage and/or camera directions. It’s not quite as annoying as I make it out to be, but when I first encountered it I rolled my eyes and went “ugh.”

Anyway, let’s get introduced to some characters, shall we?