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Ghosts in the Snowby Tamara Siler Jones
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Dubric Bryerly woke to find a ghost next to his bed this morning. It's the fourteenth this year.
Thus begins Dubric Bryerly's entrance into the most chilling investigation of his long career as the head of security at Faldorrah's castle keep. Not long after the first body is discovered, savagely disfigured, a second comes to light, also violently mutilated. And over the next few weeks, another, and another, and another. Each one announced by the arrival of a silent, gruesome ghost that only Dubric can see. Haunted by these silent spectres, and his dark secret, Dubric must use the rudimentary forensics available to him to uncover the identity of a ruthless serial killer living within the very castle walls and bring him to justice before he kills again. But the killer seems to be practically invisible, leaving no sign of himself even as he slips past a guarded post to kill again — and all signs point to the worst of all possible suspects, the king's own grandson. As the pressure mounts, so does the danger...will Dubric manage to find the killer before another girl dies, or before the frightened and frustrated castle inhabitants rise up against the very man sworn to protect them?
A combination of forensics, fantasy, and sheer horror, this fast-paced "historical" thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats.
From Our Staff:
Wow! Ghosts in the Snow, the first book in the Dubric Byerly mystery series, took me by surprise. The book jumps right into the story (a serial killer on the rampage), but Tamara Siler Jones takes her time fleshing out her characters (pardon the pun). Once that happens, you really get involved in the story. Your mind spins as you wonder who the "slime ball" really is. Dubric, the investigator, must juggle his own office staff, the ghosts of the victims (which only he can see), and the frightened residents of the castle. And, of course, solve the grisly crimes!
Where does the fever of illusion stop...
and the cold truth begin?
This unique debut thriller combines forensics, fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat suspense like never before. In a world where sorcery is illegal, someone is murdering young women in ways that defy all reason—and all detection. Only one man knows how to track such an untraceable killer, a man called to deliver justice by an onslaught of…
For Dubric Bryerly, head of security at Castle Faldorrah, saving lives has become a matter of saving his sanity. A silent killer is afoot, savagely mutilating servant girls and leaving behind no clues and no witnesses—except the gruesome ghosts of the victims. Ghosts that only Dubric can see.
Caught in the eye of the grisly storm is Nella, a linen maid working to free herself from a dark past—if she can survive an invisible killers rampage. But with the death toll rising and Nella under the protective wing of a man who may be a prime suspect, Dubric must resort to unconventional methods. With the future of Faldorrah and countless lives at stake, including his own, he cant afford to be wrong. And if hes right, the entire kingdom could be thrust into war.
About the Author
Tamara Siler Jones lives in Iowa with her family. An avid mystery reader, this is her third novel, continuing the series that began with Ghosts in the Snow, and its main sleuth Dubric Byerly.
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