"A lovely piece of writing and a promise
of goodies to come."
"First novelist Santangelo writes an
atmospheric, entertaining tale, and a has created an
appealing heroine in Pat Montella."
From Polly Whitney, Agatha
and Macavity nominated author of the UNTIL mystery series, the
series, and THIS IS GRACEANNE'S BOOK, had this to say about
Montella inherits Bell Run, the legacy is more than mere real estate. Pat literally
inherits the past, a past that drags her back more than one hundred years in time, into a
war so memorably realized that the smell of gunpowder seems to float off the page.
In this unusual mystery novel, BY BLOOD POSSESSED, the Virginia bequest opens an
unstable window on the Civil War, a time and a place and an overwhelming circumstance that
at once bewilder modern Pat and yet make her feel oddly at home.
Santangelo, the author of this
intriguing novel, skillfully constructs the maze of mystery so that Pat can
cross over into the past (and the Battle of the Wilderness) to bring back with
her the tools she needs to solve the crisis in her present. With the deft
wizardry of the time swaps and the full-blooded characterization of
POSSESSED, Santangelo has created a world that stands as a peer with Daphne
DuMaurier's THE HOUSE ON THE
STRAND. This mystery novel is an extraordinarily
skilled debut, an unforgettable reminder of just how timeless human crimes are.
And, best of all, Santangelo, also like DuMaurier, can write. Expect–in
addition to a whopping suspense yarn–uncanny fun with language: even as you
bite your nails and lock the doors."
From Robin Hathaway,
Agatha Award-winning author of THE DOCTOR DIGS A
Santangelo has cooked up a tale just as tantalizing as her heroine, Pat Montello’s,
tomato sauce. Her ingredients are humor, suspense, compassion and a deep respect
for the past. With a graceful style that combines warmth and spice, Elena
creates a gripping Civil War story–mixing past and present, youth and age,
love and hate. This is not a book to rush through, but one to savor–and
Gillian Roberts, author of TIME & TROUBLE
(Emma Howe and Billie August) and of ADAM AND EVIL, the latest of her
Amanda Pepper series:
Elena 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! Encore! Encore!
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