Who doesn’t love a good who-done-it story? The twists and turns that come with a good murder mystery always keep me on the edge of my seat. I also happen to be a huge fan of podcasts. They are a great way to tell stories in an episodic style that allows the listener the freedom of enjoying them where ever they please. On the go, poolside or where ever their little hearts desire. It also allows storytellers to build up tension and keep us on our toes as they weave the story together. So, of course, Ghost Town Killer, from Jeremy Lutter and Marcy Waughtal, was something I needed to check out. It tells a murder mystery story in podcast form. What wouldn’t I love about it? So how well did the two come together? Spoiler alert – I loved it.
DISCLAIMER: There may be a few spoilers for Ghost Town Killer ahead, so tread carefully.
Ghost Town Killer follows Lilith Black (Dalila Bela), an investigative journalist with a long history of dealing with the paranormal. She returns home after a few years to reinvent her podcast with the help of her sister Amanda (Emily Tennant). But, when Amanda ends up dead, Lilith dives into the investigation head-on. But small towns have many secrets and Lilith comes to realize that facts don’t always change minds as she challenges the long-standing prejudices in her town to uncover who her sister’s killer is.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. This is the perfect way to tell a murder mystery story. Each episode is created out of Lilith’s podcast, where she is sharing recordings of her own monologue, conversations with other people, news bits and even other people’s recordings. These all piece together to keep her listeners up to date on the investigation. Bela’s performance as Lilith is marvelous alongside Tennant, Dakota Daulby (Donovan), Hiro Kanagawa (Tadashi), Olivia Cheng (Lucy), Curtis Lam (Jia) and so many others.
The format of Ghost Town Killer is really what drew me in. Lilith is running the show and for the most part, she seems like a reliable narrator. I didn’t think she was hiding anything, but there is always the chance that she could be. I also got to see backstory and character development for nearly everyone involved. It helped make the overall story have more dimension and the stakes really mean something. This helped round things out and provided more information to strengthen the twists and turns.
And can I tell you, those twists and turns kept me on my toes! I never felt like I could say 100% who Amanda’s killer was, but I had moments where I had a good inkling about what was going on. There was enough plausible evidence for so many different people that it was hard to narrow down how it all pieced together. But when it all did, I had the “ah-ha” moment! It was truly glorious right up until the end. And the best part is that a second listen will most definitely give me even more information I may have missed the first time around. This means I get to dive back in and enjoy this podcast all over again.
Ghost Town Killer is one of those special projects that really show the attention and care of everyone involved. The cast fell into character perfectly, the music and additional audio fit the mood beautifully and I felt the tension as Lilith drew closer to solving the mystery. But the story is much more than just Amanda’s murder. I won’t spoil anything because I feel like this is something you need to experience on your own, but I promise it is worth it. I am so hopeful that this isn’t the last podcast from Lutter and Waughtal and I will be waiting patiently over here for their next announcement.
So if you haven’t had the chance to listen, do it! All six episodes of Ghost Town Killer are out now! You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher! Check it out and let us know how much you loved the series!