Was it a curse, a vengeful ghost, or murder? Or was it all three?
When their friend Oren died from a fall from his horse, range detectives Mick and Casey are sorry to hear it, but not surprised. Oren was prone to carelessness.
But Oren was only the most recent of many similar deaths on that same spot on the same trail, and it seems clear the first to die there was murdered. Were all those other deaths just accidents or is there something more to what the locals call the Curse of Scattershale Gulch?
About the series: Mick and Casey McKee aren't exactly your average gunslingers. He's young and inexperienced, and has much too sunny a disposition for a gunman. She's younger, meaner, less experienced, but a much better shot. They got married the day they met, and now they're courting as they solve the mysteries of life around them.
This novelette is 8300 words long (approx 30 printed pages).