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MY HEAD AND CRY
in the Pat Montella series
Miss Maggie calls
in prominent anthropologist Dr. Emmy Brewster to help solve the historical
mystery. However, her assistant, Theo Clayborne, a statuesque and sexy
black man with the most beautiful voice Pat's ever heard, quickly becomes
the prime suspect in a string of local shootings. Then the ghost of that
young boy returns to Pat's dreams, this time with a warning...
". . . Ghosts,
murder, romance, Old South, New South, an aristocratic old lady, a gaggle
of good ol' boys and an intrepid heroine add up to fine and cozy entertainment."
as her debut mystery, HANG MY HEAD AND CRY, lives up to the implied promise
of BY BLOOD POSSESSED. Sharing her modern-day narrative with a concurrent
historical storyline, Santangelo skillfully meshes the two stories together,
winding up to a startling conclusion that satisfies all around. Having
created eminently believable characters that practically step out of the
pages and knock on your front door, this author continues the relationships
begun in her first book, developing the characters as naturally as if
she'd just been hanging out with them for the last few weeks. I found
myself completely engrossed in this story (as with the first one), and
unable to put the book down until finished. There are few authors who
can write this compellingly and I rejoice that I discovered this one.
Santangelo's love of history, of the region and of a good ghost story
is evident on all the pages, as is her talent for telling a tale. I can
only hope that this is the beginning of a beautiful readership. The highest
kudos to Elena Santangelo!"
Santangelo for writing a unique and thoroughly satisfying page-turner
that has it all: depth and humor, compelling mysteries in the past and
present, a haunting sense of place and of history and what it means, plus
characters I'll long remember. I couldn't put it down. What a grand debut!
About the Author:
Elena Santangelo is both history buff and ghost story connoisseur. Her first novel, BY BLOOD POSSESSED, was an Agatha Award Finalist for Best First Novel. She is also an award-winning writer of short mysteries and ghost tales. Find out more at www.elenasantangelo.com .
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