A Dream to Die For: A Novel

A Dream to Die For: A Novel

by Susan Z. Ritz


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In Riverton Falls, a small New England town, globe-trotting bartender Celeste Fortune stands in her kitchen puzzling over last night’s frightening dream—a woman at a window, lilacs blowing in the breeze, someone’s hands tight around her neck. Celeste is sure the dream belongs to someone else. Perhaps she has finally broken through to the collective dreams of Dreamland cult. Hoping her therapist and cult leader will help her untangle it, she heads off into the cold November morning to her final appointment with him—or so she hopes. Her estranged fiancé has delivered an ultimatum: Leave the cult of Dreamers, or end their relationship for good.

Instead of help, however, Celeste discovers her therapist dying in a pool of blood, skull stove in by his own healing crystal. His computer, containing the intimate dreams and secrets of half the town, is gone. Suspicion immediately falls on Celeste, known to be a rebellious member of his cult. To clear her name, Celeste enlists the help of her old friend, Gloria. But when the two women discover the power of the stolen dreams, they unwittingly become the killer’s next target.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631525575
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 627,259
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susan Ritz grew up in Minnesota, but she left home to become a wandering scholar; she lived, studied, and worked as a social worker in Kenya, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia in the 1970s. She worked as a human rights lobbyist in Washington, DC, during the Carter Administration before moving to Dachau, Germany, the setting for her memoir in progress, On the Edge of Dachau. For the past thirty years she has lived with her husband and three children in Montpelier, Vermont, where she has worked as a fund raiser, events coordinator, and philanthropic advisor for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, especially those promoting economic equality for women. Writing, however, has always been her passion, and after receiving an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, she began writing for local publications, teaching creative writing to adults and high school students, and working on her first novel, A Dream to Die For.

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teachlz 3 months ago
Have you ever woken up by a dream that is so scary, that you have to catch your breath, and check surroundings to check if you are in reality? What is even worse, is that you remember this particular dream, and wonder if it will recur? Susan Z. Ritz, Author of "A Dream to Die For" writes about dreams in the day and nightmares. The Genres for this novel is Mystery, Suspense and Fiction. The story takes place in a charming, yet strange small New England Town. The timeline for this story is mostly in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. Susan Z. Ritz describes her characters as quirky, unique, dysfunctional and dramatic. Celeste Fortune is a Bartender in this small town, and is in therapy with Larry, to improve her life by discussing her dreams. Many of the other neighbors also go to Larry to discuss their dreams as well. Larry seems to have a nice size clientele. Usually, nothing goes wrong in this small town, but Celeste finds Larry dead. Also gone is his computer, with all his client's information on it. Who could want Larry dead? Why would anyone want Larry dead? There suddenly is a danger and another dead body. There seem to be some questionable characters. There are a mystical feel and magical essence in this story. At times it is difficult to tell reality from fantasy. I would recommend this novel for those readers who enjoy an unusual mystery.