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In The Bleak Midwinter [NOOK Book]

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In 1975 the small town of Hulis was ground zero in a frantic search for 10 year-old Merrie Frances Callahan, as well as an intense manhunt for her abductor.

35 years later, it seems the FBI would like to pretend it never happened.

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Overview

In 1975 the small town of Hulis was ground zero in a frantic search for 10 year-old Merrie Frances Callahan, as well as an intense manhunt for her abductor.

35 years later, it seems the FBI would like to pretend it never happened.

Special Agent Constance Mandalay didn't get that memo...

THE SMALL TOWN OF HULIS IS HIDING A KILLER SECRET...

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER is based on the short teaser novella MERRIE AXEMAS: A Killer Holiday Tale, but it tells the whole story of ten-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan's 1975 abduction, and the present day murders that are somehow intricately linked to that event.

SA Constance Mandalay is assigned what appears to be a 7-year-old cold case that echos the events of the 35-year-old child abduction. Unfortunately for all involved, the case heats up for a short time each year with a brutal murder that appears eerily staged, and occurs under impossible circumstances.

Undaunted, she faces the task with no backup, a mysteriously redacted case file, and the inevitable murder fast approaching.

Mandalay's experience as the handler for an FBI occult/paranormal expert makes her the perfect choice for this investigation. However, even her brushes with the unexplained still cannot prepare her for the answer she was not supposed to discover...
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Editorial Reviews

Cover Blurb - J. T. Ellison
"A superbly creepy supernatural thriller that sucks you in from the very first line and doesn't let you go until long after you close the covers...reads like old-school M. Night Shyamalan with a dash of John Connolly police procedural. Good stuff!"

- J. T. Ellison, Author of the Taylor Jackson Novels
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016639826
  • Publisher: WillowTree Press / E. M. A. Mysteries
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Series: The Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 279,675
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

A member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers), M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who considers himself just a “guy with a lot of nightmares and a word processing program.” His first full-length novel, Harm None, hit bookstore shelves in 2000 and he hasn’t stopped writing since.

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his wife, daughter, and a pair of rescued male felines that he describes as, “the competition.” At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and chasing his wife around the house. She promises that one day she will allow him to catch her.
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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    M.R. Sellars has written an exhilarating supernatural mystery

    On December 22, 1975, Santa sexually assaulted her at school. He threatened to kill her parents if she told them what he did. That night while her mom purchased groceries, her little sister wanted to visit Santa. Merrie Callahan never wanted see Santa ever again, but was forced to escort Elizabeth to visit him. He turned out to be her predator and Merrie vanished for thee days.

    Decades later, the residents of Hulis, Missouri are living out a nightmare just as they did when Merrie was abducted. FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay investigates. She learns that though thirty-five years passed since the rapes, Merrie believes it is December, 22, 1975 before Santa brutalized her. Sheriff Skip Carmichael explains to the Fed that every anniversary of Merrie's trauma leads to her falling into a catatonic state for three days. On Christmas Day in the shack where Merrie was sodomized, someone chops up a man using an axe exactly like Merrie did and the body parts are in the same place when she counterattacked her abductor years ago. Constance senses the townsfolk conceals something critical from her; when the FBI Agent learns what it is, her belief system is shaken to the core in spite of her case work with Wiccan practitioner Rowan Gant.

    M.R. Sellars has written an exhilarating supernatural mystery that will have readers wondering what is going on in Hulis, and when we figure that out, the author twists the entertaining police procedural into a new direction. Constance has been a recurring support character in the RGI whodunits (see Blood Moon), but proves she can run the show as a pragmatic independent investigator who prefers denial of the supernatural though the supporting evidence in this case and her work with Gant forces her to accept an inconvenient truth.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Great Mystery from a sensational writer!

    I have been a fan of M.R. Sellars for a few years now, so when he decided to create a spin-off series, I was intrigued. It was everything I hoped it would be. Newcomers to Sellars' work will not need a primer in his Rowan Gant series to enjoy this wonderful stand-alone book! I look forward to more Constance Mandalay stories in the future.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Another MR Sellars enjoyable read

    I would have given it a 5 but he has written better, I thoroughly enjoyed this, but I was already hooked with the Merry Axemas that was a tickle put out from the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Interesting and different

    Still confused though

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Loved this book

    I just read this book. It was great. It takes place in Mo at Christmas time. The characters are full of life and the story is very creepy. I also loved the Christmas setting. This book kept me guessing until the end. I just couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next one:)

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