Killer Nashville 2018 Silver Falchion Nominee

Ostermann House 1


By J.R. Klein

ISBN 978-1544815053
Publication Date: June 19, 2017

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Review by Sharon Marchisello

J.R. Klein’s paranormal psychological thriller, The Ostermann House, has been nominated for a Silver Falchion award. Read it and step into The Twilight Zone.

The protagonist is university professor Michael Felton. He and his wife Audrey, also a professor at a university in Houston, seek refuge from the rat race of the city and buy an old farmhouse in the eccentric community of Krivac, Texas. The price was a steal and they soon find out why.

There’s a shroud of mystique surrounding the former owner, Herman Ostermann, who was feared and loathed by the townspeople. Michael and Audrey, as the new owners of the Ostermann House, are distrusted by association.

Weird things start happening. Items disappear or are moved. Cryptic messages appear on Michael’s computer. Mysterious nonograms are found on the property.

People visit and chat, and then the next day denies the interaction. Many of the people who show up have been reported dead… long dead.

Michael and Audrey alternate from being spooked, to shrugging it off, to being curious, to not caring, to be totally creeped out. Just when they make up their minds to cut their losses and leave Krivac, they find they might not be able to.

J.R. Klein has a Ph.D. in Immunology from John Hopkins University and has published over 150 articles in academic journals and mainstream magazines. His first novel, Frankie Jones, was published in 2016. He currently lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife.

Sharon Marchisello ( is the author of Going Home, (Sunbury Press, 2014) a murder mystery inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She earned a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is a member of the Atlanta chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Peachtree City, GA, with her husband and cat, does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society, and writes a blog about personal finance, Countdown to Financial Fitness