Hang My Head And Cryby Elena Santangelo
Book Description: All Pat Montella wanted was a few fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes. Now that she'd moved from an apartment
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HANG MY HEAD AND CRY is Elena Santangelo's second novel featuring Pat Montella. Her first novel, BY BLOOD POSSESSED, was an Agatha Award Finalist for Best First Novel. She is also an award-winning writer of short mysteries and ghost tales.
Book Description: All Pat Montella wanted was a few fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes. Now that she'd moved from an apartment to live with ninety-one-year-old Miss Maggie Shelby in the retired history teacher's old farmhouse, Pat can finally plant a garden. She picks the spot for it on a whim, after a recurring dream in which a young boy tells her where to dig. As she tills the soil, though, a human skull surfaces. Miss Maggie calls in prominent anthropologist Dr. Emmy Brewster to help solve the historical mystery. However, her assistant, Theo Clayborne, a statuesque and sexy black man with the most beautiful voice Pat's ever heard, quickly becomes the prime suspect in a string of local shootings. Then the ghost of that young boy returns to Pat's dreams, this time with a warning...
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One day Pat Montella, the ghost detective, will inherit Miss Maggie¿s Bell Run, Virginia estate as the last known descendent of the Bell family. Pat begins to ¿dream of a young Black male living in the mid 1870s. Apparently he was named Emancipation in homage to Lincoln¿s freedom speech at Gettysburg a week before he was born. At about the same time, an unknown gravesite is found. Considering the history of the estate where many Civil War skirmishes occurred that would not be a shocking scenario. However, not long afterward, the police believe that a friend¿s assistant committed murder. Somehow the three events: the vision from the past, the newly found gravesite, and the murder are linked with Pat¿s abilities to see ghosts as the only chance of finding out the truth. The second Montella paranormal mystery retains the freshness and uniqueness within a strong amateur sleuth story line that highlights the debut tale (see BY BLOOD POSSESSED). The plot is fun and never loses steam as Pat struggles with her century plus old visions and tries to find the connection to present these events. The characters (mortal and spiritual) add depth that propel the story line forward in such a way that paranormal mystery readers will appreciate the effort. After HANG MY HEAD AND CRY Elena Santangelo can hold her head up high with pride. Harriet Klausner