To welcome in the New Year, I have two terrific mystery novels for fans to enjoy.
For my young adult fans, there is an original and chilling ghost tale in Kindle and Nook eBook and print, titled, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY.
Three years after her father was killed, sixteen-year-old Peyton Delaney, her mother, Melody, and new stepfather, Vance McIntyre, relocate to Shadow Bay, Minnesota and move into an old Victorian.
They are unaware of the house's dark history--fifty years ago, jealous husband snapped, murdering his wife, her lover, and sixteen-year-old daughter, before killing himself.
But when Peyton begins to have nightmares of the crime and is haunted by a ghostly girl named Caitlyn, she begins to investigate with help of caretaker's cute son, Bryant.
As the two delve into the supernatural mystery surrounding the house, they discover that the events that led to the tragedy of fifty years ago are somehow intertwined with the present.
Or, in other words, history is repeating itself and Peyton, Bryant, and their parents are being drawn into a disturbing case of jealousy, possession, revenge, and murder, while seemingly powerless in preventing the inevitable from taking place all over again.
Caitlyn is a sixteen-year old ghost who has had to relive the nightmare of being murdered by her father for half a century. When Peyton and her family arrive at the house where Caitlyn's spirit has remained trapped, she feels a connection to Peyton and knows instinctively that it will take the two of them together to not only free Caityn at long last, but to prevent her tragedy from becoming one that Peyton too must endure.
Fans of R. L. Stine, Lois Duncan, Francine Pascal, Marley Gibson, and Caroline Cooney will love GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY!
The second mystery released in Janaury is my Jack the Ripper eBook adult mystery, DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL, in Kindle and Nook.
In 1888 in New York City, the search for a killer of prostitutes comes to an end with the capture of Doctor Jack Lewiston, a respected surgeon and madman. But before he can go to trial, Jack escapes from custody and flees the country to London, England.
Brought out of retirement to track him down is ex-NYC homicide detective-criminologist, Henry Marboro. In charge of the original investigation in the “Ripper Murders,” Henry lost his objectivity when his younger sister was one of Jack’s victims. Ultimately his obsession to find the killer cost him his career, his wife, and some time in a hospital for alcohol treatment.
Now on a renewed mission, Henry must find Jack Lewiston and bring him back to America—dead or alive—hopefully before more prostitutes become the victims of the multiple sexual killer.
In the process, Henry develops an attraction for a mysterious and beautiful American nurse, Loraine Broderick, who lives in London. Unfortunately, Jack also has his sights set on her as a target of his madness—in addition to ladies of the night streetwalking in Whitechapel in London’s East End.
Reviews of DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL:
"It gets no better than this! R. Barri Flowers has written another thriller guaranteed to hold onto its readers! It was so gripping that I forgot to breathe a couple of times!" -- Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
"A compelling and powerful account of Jack the Ripper.... Flowers has captured the sights and sounds of New York City and London's East End in 1888....The action is fast paced; the suspense building to a peak to the finale." -- Barbara Buhrer of MysteryAbout.com
As a criminologist and Ripperologist, it was fascinating to dive into history and a fictional take on arguably the most infamous serial killer of them all!
Hope my fans enjoy both titles and tell others about them!
R. Barri Flowers