Saturday, March 17, 2012

Book Review of IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER by M.R. Sellars

In The Bleak Midwinter was written by M.R. Sellars and published by WillowTree Press, L.L.C., in November, 2011. You may purchase this novel at
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The small, Midwest town of Hulis, Missouri is in for another very cold winter and another very strange Christmas season, as Special Agent Constance Mandalay is assigned to solve a cold case murder that keeps repeating itself every Christmas Eve.

For the last seven years, the town of Hulis has been the scene of a horrific murder on Christmas Eve, but no one knows how or why it’s happening. Every year, Skip Carmichael, the town sheriff receives a blank Christmas card with no evidence he can use. Every year a dismembered body is found in a basement with no evidence as to the killer’s identity. The only thing that never changes is the yearly murder’s similarity to a murder that took place thirty-five years ago in Hulis, when a young girl was kidnapped and molested by the local department store’s hired ‘Santa’.

Now, Special Agent Mandalay must figure out how these crimes are happening, even though a long line of Special Agents have been sent each year to solve the murders, but none have.

M.R. Sellars has penned a superbly frightening story that will make the reader a little apprehensive about the joyous Holiday Season. His characters are true-to-life and the reader can feel the ‘creepy’ setting in from the very first page. That feeling builds to a hair-raising crescendo and the ending will leave you breathless and afraid to turn out the lights… for a long time.

In The Bleak Midwinter is a supernatural thriller with an edge and M.R. Sellars has earned a 5 spider rating from me. I will be looking forward to more from this fabulous author.

DJ Weaver

1 comment:

M. R. Sellars said...

Also available at Amazon, B&N, and bookstores nationwide - paperback, Kindle, Nook, etc.

The teaser novella (Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale) that launched the Constance Mandalay series, is available free for Kindle and Nook via Amazon and B&N.