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PERDITION HOUSE A Bay Tanner Mystery
Author: Kathryn R. Wall
5.5"x8.5" Trade Paperback
$14.95US; 260pp

ISBN 978-1-933523-16-3

3rd in the Bay Tanner Mystery Series


From Charleston to Hilton Head, Family matters . . . and murder is relative.

When a fifth cousin twice removed calls Bay Tanner-a young, recently widowed financial consultant-from the Beaufort County Jail, it's no accident. Mercer Mary Prescott spent a lot of time and trouble locating Bay on the family tree, and she needs more than bail out of the relationship. What she's really after is a secret Bay's not willing to reveal-yet. But when Bay generously takes Mercer back to the family mansion of Presqu'isle, she finds that this distant kin comes with a lot of personal baggage-and some very dangerous pursuers. Before Bay can help straighten out Mercer's problems, the mousy young woman disappears. Bay begins a desperate hunt for her "shirttail" cousin through the twisted alleys of the past, from Civil War days to a plantation called Perdition House, and to one last deadly fight.


"Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, and Marcia Muller come to mind as the quintessential writers of the modern female private eye novel. Wall, in a quiet and unassuming way, has produced a body of work of equal quality. Highly recommended."
Library Journal on The Mercy Oak

"The suspense ratchets up periodically, the characters are well drawn and unique, and the writing evokes the New South without resorting to stereotype. Best of all, Bay makes a believable and appealing protagonist."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The finely spun plot makes Bay's latest a taut, tasty chiller."
—Kirkus Reviews

"[A] terrific, tense thriller" —Midwest Book Review

"Wall nicely blends the manners and mores of the aristocratic Southern tradition with more modern sensibilities, creating in Bay Tanner a woman who's equally at home in the tea room or out jogging."
Publishers Weekley

"Deeply rooted sense of place, memorable characters, increasingly complicated plot, and fine prose ... recommend this highly."
Library Journal

"Bay is a strong likable character, and the first-person point of view lends immediacy to a fast-paced story filled with fascinating plot twists."

About the Author:

Kathryn R. Wall wrote her first story at the age of six, then decided to take a few decades off. She grew up in a small town in northeastern Ohio and attended college in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. For twenty-five years she practiced her profession as an accountant in both public and private practice. In 1994 she and her husband Norman retired to Hilton Head Island.
     Wall is Treasurer of the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is National Publicity Chair of Sisters in Crime. She is also a founding member of the Island Writers' Network.
     She is the author of eight Bay Tanner mysteries: In For a Penny, And Not a Penny More, Perdition House, Judas Island, Resurrection Road, Bishop's Reach, sanctuary Hill and The Mercy Oak. All the novels have achieved both commercial and critical success, and all take place in and around Hilton Head Island and the surrounding South Carolina Lowcountry.

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Author: Kathryn R. Wall
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ISBN 978-1-933523-16-3

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