Synopses & Reviews
In this warm and witty series debut from New York Times
bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, a widowed young mom plans a fresh start in Chicago--but instead finds her way to a quirky lakeside village that just happens to be populated by mediums.
When reluctant road trippers Bella Jordan and her son Max detour to Lily Dale, New York, they're planning to deliver a lost cat to its home and then move on, searching for one of their own. But the footloose feline's owner Leona Gatto has unexpectedly passed away, leaving behind a pregnant pet without a mistress, a busy inn without a keeper--and a lovable circle of neighbors who chat with dead people.
After agreeing to help out temporarily, sensible Bella doesn't need psychic gifts to figure out that a houseful of tourists and a litter of kittens lie in her immediate future--or that Leona was murdered. It's up to her to solve the case so that she and Max can leave town, but their new home--like Leona's killer--might just lurk where she least expects it.
"This sweet, romantically melancholic first in a new paranormal series from bestseller Staub (Nightwatcher) introduces newly widowed Isabella Jordan, who embarks on a road trip with her young son, Max, from Bedford, N.Y., to visit her hated mother-in-law in Chicago. Car trouble strands Bella and Max in the spiritualist enclave of Lily Dale, N.Y., where they wind up attending to the needs of a very pregnant cat. In addition, the Victorian guesthouse where they're staying suddenly needs tourist-season help due to the drowning of the caretaker, Leona Gatto. The locals' attitude that contact with the dead is possible makes Bella wonder whether her beloved late husband could be watching over them, but she's terrified by dreams that suggest Leona's death was no accident. Staub doesn't overplay the quirkiness of the guesthouse residents for color, nor does she rely on ghosts and psychics to solve the murder, opting instead to pull the heartstrings of readers soft on animals, young kids, and the idea of love beyond the grave. Agent: Laura Blake Peterson, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Nine Lives
"Nine Lives has everything...Wendy Corsi Staub has done it again."
--New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd
"Wendy Corsi Staub's Nine Lives hooked me from page one. In fact I didn't want to put it down: with warm characters, an intriguing setting and just a touch of the unexplainable it's a thoroughly satisfying read.
--Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries
I loved visiting Corsi Staub's magical world, cover to cover, and can't wait for the next in the series.”
--Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of Give Up the Ghost
Wendy Corsi Staub weaves a spectacular tale of suspense ... Lily Dale would definitely be on my must visit list. Its an appropriately quirky town with an even quirkier cast of characters and a cat, Chance, whos adept at pulling Houdini acts. Who could ask for anything more? Definitely a must read.”
--T. C. LoTempio, national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora Mysteries.
Praise for New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub:
"If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you'll love Wendy Corsi Staub."
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson
"Once Staub's brilliant characterizations and top-notch narrative skills grab hold, they don't let go."
"An entertaining tale...Succeeds as an engrossing, suspenseful thriller."
"When it comes to mysteries of the home and hearth, Wendy Corsi Staub is unrivaled. Just when you think you've figured her out...think again!"
--John Valeri, Hartford Book Examiner
"Taut, tense and incredibly suspenseful. This chillingly creepy psychological thriller is the perfect page-turner - Staubs powerful and timely story-telling is captivating!”
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author of The Good Sister
"Solid gold suspense ... this one is a wild ride."
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child on Live to Tell
Intense! Wendy Corsi Staub once again delivers a masterful psychological mystery that is both chilling and thrilling.”
New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan on The Good Sister
"As always, Staub leaves us wanting more."
RT Bookreviews Magazine
After the death of her husband, Bella Jordan and her son need a fresh start. But on their way to stay with family in Chicago, they stop in Lily Dale, New York and a storm forces them to spend the night.
Brimming with kooky psychics and mediums, Lily Dale is just the kind of quirky little town Bella's late husband always talked about settling down in. So when the local hotel's owner, Leona, passes away, Bella agrees to step in and help temporarily. The longer she and Max stay there, the more Lily Dale starts to feel like home.
But for Bella, finding a home means finding danger, too. Leona was murdered, and it's up to Bella to track down the killer before her sanctuary comes crashing down in bestseller Wendy Corsi Staubs warm and witty series debut.
About the Author
and New York Times
bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub
is the award-winning author of more than eighty novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.