Cherie Claire



Cherie Claire is the pseudonym of Cheré Coen, an award-winning author of a mystery series and several Louisiana romances. New this year is Ghost Fever, part of a paranormal mystery series featuring New Orleans travel writer and ghost sleuth Viola Valentine. A native of New Orleans, Coen now lives in Georgia where she works as a travel writer but returns to her home state of Louisiana often. Visit and follow her on social media.

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Mirth and Murder in Louisiana
with Ellen Byron, Cherie Claire (moderator), and P. M. LaRose
This program sponsored by BritBox.


Ghost Fever: A Viola Valentine Mystery

The ghosts of the past never stop haunting.

Viola takes a job at her old summer camp in the Florida Panhandle, hoping for a peaceful place to work after months in COVID lockdown. But old traumas from her time at Camp Secret Spring resurface and Viola’s dream of a quiet getaway quickly turns into a nightmare.

Her best friend disappeared that summer, never to be found. Was it the camp’s mysterious water that Ponce de León searched for? Or can her friend’s vanishing be chalked up to the UFO sightings over the years? And just who were the Utopians who lived there before, many of whom died in the pandemic of 1918?

Book Seven in Cherie Claire’s Viola Valentine mystery series.



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