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Hoodoo House

by Peter E. Fenton

Hoodoo House - Peter E. Fenton - Declan Hunt Mysteries
Part of the Declan Hunt Mysteries series:
  • Hoodoo House
Part of the The Declan Hunt Mysteries series:
Editions:Kindle - First Edition: $ 7.99
ISBN: 978-1-80250-638-9
Pages: 243
ISBN: 978-1-80250-732-4
Pages: 251
ISBN: 978-1-80250-638-9
Pages: 243

How far would you be willing to go to keep a secret?

When writer Malcolm Tull is discovered dead at his writing desk, all signs point to suicide. But Malcolm’s editor isn’t so sure. There’s the matter of the man’s missing computer, a mislaid manuscript and the fact that he didn’t seem the type to take his own life.

Declan Hunt and Charlie Watts are called into action and make their way to the mysterious Hoodoo House nestled on the edge of the Badlands of Alberta. Soon they are embroiled in a case involving blackmail, gay tricks and possibly even murder.

As the secrets of Hoodoo House come to light, Charlie discovers that his boss has been keeping a few secrets of his own, secrets that could impact their romantic relationship outside of the office. And before this investigation is done, Charlie will have to get to the truth, even if it means this might be his final case for Declan Hunt Investigations.

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Mrs Cameron stood at the kitchen sink, considering the dishes created by her morning baking. She stared at the boarded-up kitchen window, the result of a strong dust devil that had hit the north side of the house and torn off a section of the roof a week ago. A sheet of plywood shielded the glass from the repair work above on the decaying one-hundred-and five-year-old wood-framed house.

With the light from the outside cut off, the windowpane became a dim mirror reflecting the activity and inhabitants of the kitchen. Mrs Cameron looked at her reflection and saw a woman with a jowly countenance and hair that had gone completely white. She hadn’t turned full-on apple doll yet, but it was inevitable—unless, of course, death took her first.


When did you become so old?

Her thoughts were interrupted.

What’s this symbol called?” Henry asked, holding up a piece of paper and pointing to an indiscernible character. He was surrounded by the remains of his math homework spread all over the table.

Well, you’re gonna have to bring it here. My eyes aren’t telescopes.”

Henry scooted the chair back, brought her the paper and held it up to her milky blue eyes. She pulled her reading glasses out of the pocket of her apron and held them in front of her, like a jeweller would hold their loupe while examining a rare gem.

It’s a pi,” she said.

I like pie,” he said with a smile.

She raised an eyebrow. “Now how long have you been waiting to tell that joke?”

It’s not so much a joke as witty wordplay,” he said, heading back to his chair.

This from a thirteen-year-old, she thought, shaking her head. Henry often seemed wiser than a boy of his age. Although he was only her ward, she thought of him as the child she’d never had and due to their age difference, he had taken to calling her Gramma Carol.

She patted him on the shoulder. “Now, clear up your mess and set the table. Then you can go and tell Mr Tull breakfast is ready.”

Henry quickly did as he was told.

Mrs Cameron smiled as she looked around. The kitchen was her domain and nobody in Hoodoo House would dare to question anything she did here or, frankly, anywhere else on the property. She was the housekeeper, cook, scullery maid and holder of just about every other staff position one could imagine. She was as permanent a fixture in the building as the ancient stove or the kitchen’s large wooden prep table and she loved every scrap of wood and broken-down fixture in it…almost as much as she loved young Henry.

Writer Malcolm Tull, however…

An acrid smell hit her nostrils.


She ran towards the oven. A cloud of smoke filled the air as she pulled out the tray of burnt baking.

You damned fool,” she muttered to herself as she removed the biscuits and placed them on a cooling rack. She could scrape the char off the best ones and they’d be fine. The others she’d save for crumbling up for the chickens, or perhaps the centres could be used for stuffing. Either way, they would end up inside a chicken.

She checked the coffee perking in the pot and dabbed the fat off the freshly cooked bacon. She turned back towards the kitchen table and was startled to see Henry standing at the door, his eyes wide, his mouth open. It took him a moment to speak.

There’s something wrong with Mr Tull.”

Well, what’s wrong?” she asked.

He’s asleep on his desk and he’s lying in his own sick.”

Mrs Cameron hurried to the writing room. Henry followed. She went to the desk and examined the prone man. She’d been around long enough to know when something wasn’t alive, but to be certain, she checked for a pulse—nothing.

Henry, leave the room and don’t touch anything. And don’t come back in here.”

She scurried past the boy and headed back to the kitchen where she called the doctor and the police.

Reviews:Feline Wyvern on Bonkers About Books wrote:

Having read book one, Mann Hunt, I was eager to read book two and see if it was as good as the first. I'm happy to say that it was. The main two characters from the first book star in this one and the books are best read in order (though at a push you could read this one as a stand alone as the case is in no way connected to anything that happened previously). The relationship between Declan and Charlie does continue from the first book and is the reason I say to read them in order as otherwise it might not make as much sense to you.

As for the actual story in this book, I can only say it was intriguing and clever, with some great characters and lots of mysterious happenings, as befits a good detective novel. I loved the newer characters and I think Henry stole my heart since the author caught the thoughts and actions of a young boy so well, but I think Charlie is still my favourite and I look forward to reading another book if the author writes a book three in the series.

Veronica on Wicked Reads wrote:

I was excited to read Hoodoo House to see how a potential romance between Charlie and Declan was going to play out, but it was the mystery at Hoodoo House and a very clever 13-year-old boy named Henry that stole the show. I was surprised by a few of the twists and turns in the mystery and every new revelation had me turning the pages to find out more.

Maryann on Queer Romance Ink wrote:

Hoodoo House is an excellent mystery, set in a creepy old house with a young boy that knows all of its secret places. I was thoroughly entertained with both books in this series, and can’t wait for more from Charlie and Declan! Well done.

Although it isn't essential that you read the first book in the series, it certainly deepens the understanding of the relationship of the central characters.  The first book in the series is Mann Hunt.

About the Author

Peter E. Fenton's first book, The Woodcarver's Model came out in April of 2022 and was a four time nominee in the Goodreads M/M Romance Readers' Choice Awards.


His latest book Mann Hunt was released in August of 2023 and was also a nominee in the Goodreads M/M Romance Readers' Choice Awards. Mann Hunt is the first in the three part Declan Hunt Mysteries series, with Hoodoo House, the next book in the series, being released in June of 2024. The final installment in the series will come out in the summer of 2025, (all through Pride Publishing).

2024 will also see the release of his first teen romance novel Not Not Normal with Lorimer Publishing.

All of his novels are proudly set in Canada and are filled with humour, heart and unforgettable characters.

Previous creative work was focused on writing for the stage, including award-winning productions of The Giant’s Garden, Newfoundland Mary, and Bemused which have played across Canada. His newest play, The Detective Disappears just finished a six week tour throughout Canada.

Peter spent many years working in palaeontology in remote locations including the Canadian Rockies, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

He currently lives in Toronto, Canada with his partner of more than twenty years.