Coming November 1st!
Blood on Holy Ground
the new Miranda Lamden Mystery!
Blood on Holy Ground, the 2nd volume in the Miranda Lamden Mysteries, is due to be released on November 1, 2017, in both Kindle and paperback formats, on Amazon.com! Mark your calendars!
Here’s a brief summary:
Blood on Holy Ground, the 2nd gothic mystery in the Miranda Lamden Mysteries series, follows Miranda to the convent of Monte di Angeles, where she plans a quiet summer’s research into an old Native American legend. Instead, almost before she can uncrate her cats, the killings begin, and she finds herself caught up in bloody murders, stalked by a deranged killer, and haunted by evil dreams. Rolling foothills blessed with a deep and almost conscious peace are suddenly overwhelmed by one vicious atrocity after another—striking at the people as well as the land itself.
Miranda is a professor of religion at a small Appalachian college, an expert on paranormal phenomena, and a woman gifted with spiritual vision. Free for the summer, she abandons her significant other, artist Jack Crispen, and sets out for the Tennessee convent at the invitation of her old friend Catherine, a sister there. Catherine settles her into a forest hermitage close to the tiny Conicoke Indian reservation adjoining convent land. Miranda knows that unless she can persuade the Conicoke Grandmothers to trust her enough to share their traditions, her research will founder, and the heart of the legend will never open to her, since her only other sources are a few heavily-edited church accounts.
When Jack arrives for a visit, they stumble onto the first murder victim at the base of the spill from the convent’s dump, and the killer’s bitter, twisted monologues join Miranda’s narrative. After their first discovery, Miranda and Jack seem doomed to come across more and more evidence of the killer’s crimes, goading the murderer’s malice into raging paranoia and convincing him that Miranda is out to destroy him. Abandoning his other targets, he stalks her with obsessive fury . . . with more than just murder on his mind. The Conicoke Grandmothers draw Miranda into their circle, in hopes that their combined seeing may show them a way to stop this monster. This powerful new connection immerses her in a flood of visions from the spirits of the land, as well as from the killer’s victims.
The murderer finds himself ensnared by his own evil when his brutal assault on Miranda miscarries, leaving him to prowl the forest wounded and delusional, but lethal as a cornered viper. His ruthless violence and the powers roused by its toxic presence come together in a raging vortex that nearly destroys everyone in its final combustion. Only the Grandmothers can guide Miranda and Jack into visions powerful enough to escape the firestorm unleashed by their relentless enemy.