Kevin Bouchard lives in south coast Massachusetts with his wife Robin and their Lhasa Apso Scarlett. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and a Master’s degree in Education, both from Bridgewater State University. He has worked as a Special Needs teacher for 34 years. He has also worked as a professional musician playing drums with both cover and original rock bands in and around Boston. He has two published novels, both from Solstice Publishing, both supernatural thrillers. The first is Blue Moon. The second is Cry of the Cat. Both stories take place in southern New England and both feature the fearless yet enigmatic detective, Eve Teschal.
A Blue Moon is a rare occurrence, a time when strange things happen, when the vast universe might reveal its darkest mysteries, or at least that’s what Jack Graves has always heard. Jack is a teacher in the quaint New England town of Wickham, a place where nothing changes and life moves lazily along. But Jack’s serene world is about to be torn apart. A teacher with summer’s off and time on his hands, Jack should be at his leisure, tending to his house and yard, and helping his wife, Joanna, a librarian, sell her wares at the annual Summer Harvest Fayre. But things on Jack’s quiet dead end street are not what they appear. Someone is stalking the couple, creeping about their yard after dark and leaving grisly ‘deposits’. But Jack, not wanting to alarm his wife, enlists the aid of his eccentric friend, chemist ‘Gospel’ Tom Williams, a man whose investigatory skills are as good as ‘Gospel’, who sets about analyzing the evidence. But when Jack’s neighbor is brutally murdered and ‘Gospel’ Tom’s findings suggest that something amazing has been happening on Jack’s once peaceful street, the Graves’ household and the entire town of Wickham are plunged into a dark realm where myth and reality merge and even those closest to Jack may not be who or what they seem to be.
Two killers are prowling the grim streets of the New England mill city of Gevaudan; two killers on an inevitable collision course that will leave the moldering city bruised and bloodied. The first is killing children and dumping their lifeless bodies near a disused strip of freshwater beach, stomping ground to the notorious Ghosts motorcycle gang. The second is targeting Gevaudan’s most vile criminals, leaving them mutilated and burned and reeking of ‘Brimstone’ with an ethereal cat’s cry echoing in the sulfurous air.
Chase Christian, freelance video ‘stringer’ is a busy man, keeping Connie Moncrief, producer of the late night news spot, The Dark Side, supplied with sensational footage of the gruesome events. Chase’s new love interest, Dolores Kane a woman who has lived through her own horror story, does not share in his enthusiasm. But Chase’s thrill wanes when a tip from his inside source at the Gevaudan PD lands him in the middle of the investigation.
Detective Eve Teschal, a woman whose gypsy heritage has gifted her with a unique talent for solving the most unusual crimes, is desperate to lay the ‘Night Stalker’ mutilation case to rest. Still reeling from the grisly Blue Moon murder investigation of the previous summer, Teschal is convinced that something incomprehensible is stalking the run-down tenements and rain-slicked alleyways of Gevaudan.
And as the body count rises and the political pressures mount the bloody trail of clues leads Teschal and her police allies and Chase and his impromptu investigators deeper into the nocturnal lore of the old city to the forgotten places where darkness dwells and ancient evil awaits any who trespass.
Gwendolyn Quinn’s dreams are all coming true. She’s moving to the Cape Cod town of South Port and the house by the sea that she’s always envisioned. But these are but the final pieces to her already realized life’s ambition, because Gwendolyn Quinn had lived most of her days as Christopher Quinn, a man.
Now, with the gender confirmation surgeries behind her, Gwen is ready to begin her life anew. But all dreams come with a price. She must also come to terms with the tragic history of her new house, because eighteen years earlier an enigmatic woman named Ophelia Raine was murdered there and her killer was never apprehended.
In spite of these dark tidings Gwen is determined to find happiness in her adopted home. Now, with her newfound friends, Gwen has set sail into her new life. But South Port is an old town and not all of its inhabitants have rolled out the welcome mat for its newest citizen.
And Gwen’s friends are becoming gravely concerned with her growing obsession with the late Ophelia Raine as well as her uncanny resemblance to the dead woman. And as Gwen digs deeper into the past, it becomes dangerously evident that someone has noticed her sleuthing, someone with deadly intentions.
Suddenly Gwen finds herself in a race with the unknown killer to uncover the truth behind the murder and discover the secret of the House of Ophelia Raine.