Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale

Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale

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by M. R. Sellars
     
 

IT STARTED SEVEN YEARS AGO...

A brutal murder in a small town, carefully staged to echo a crime scene from 1975.
No clues. No leads. Just questions.
The following year it happened again. And then again...
Every year. Same day. Same place. Exact same scene from the past... No resolution.

Now, FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay has less than

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IT STARTED SEVEN YEARS AGO...

A brutal murder in a small town, carefully staged to echo a crime scene from 1975.
No clues. No leads. Just questions.
The following year it happened again. And then again...
Every year. Same day. Same place. Exact same scene from the past... No resolution.

Now, FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay has less than four days to stop the annual horror from marking its eighth anniversary, but she also has another problem: The residents of the small town just might be protecting a killer secret...

SA Mandalay is dispatched as an eleventh hour replacement for another agent, tasked with investigating a cold case that portends the chilling copycat murder each year. Armed only with a woefully incomplete case file and her dogged determination, she seeks out the answers before another body can be sent to the morgue. However, she finds that sometimes the answers simply lead to more questions; and that the past is sometimes destined to repeat itself, with a vengeance...

MERRIE AXEMAS is a creepy police-procedural, thriller novella with a wicked paranormal twist, from the warped mind of M. R. Sellars, author of the award-winning Rowan Gant Investigations series of supernatural thrillers. Although set during the Christmas holiday season, it is an enthralling read at any time of year.

SPECIAL NOTE:

MERRIE AXEMAS: A Killer Holiday Tale was originally written and distributed as a free gift during the 2010 Christmas season to long time fans of M. R. Sellars' RGI novels. However, soon after its release, readers were clamoring for more of Special Agent Constance Mandalay, as well as more of the "Merrie Axemas story." Therefore, the full-length novel, IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER was born (released November 2011) and officially launched the new Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels thriller series.

In effect, MERRIE AXEMAS is both a stand-alone novella, and a bone-chilling sample cut straight from the heart of the novel IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER. It launches you into Special Agent Constance Mandalay's world, brings you to the edge, and then taunts you with the same unanswered questions that plague her. Finally, it presents you with a spoiler-free alternate ending to that of the full-length novel.

FROM THE "VIRTUAL" BACK COVER:

Little Merrie Callahan is all grown up now.
She doesn't believe in Santa anymore.
But she still has an axe to grind with the man in the red suit...

And, for FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay, the Christmas Holiday will never be the same again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011159244
Publisher:
WillowTree Press
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
115,059
File size:
219 KB

Meet the Author

A member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers), M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, considers himself just a “guy with a lot of nightmares and a word processing program.” Legend has it he started making up stories to entertain a stuffed bear during his single digit years, then began writing them down sometime around his early teens when the growing catalogue of fiction started causing him to experience migraines. Although he had several short stories and newspaper articles published during his early adult life, it wasn’t until 2000 that his first full-length novel, Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series.

Sellars says that the biggest adjustment he has had to make with his writing career is coping with the time spent away from his family while traveling on promotional tours. Still, he approaches the necessity of public appearances with the same humorously deadpan and satirical wit that he applies to life in general, stating, “As long as I have an RC Cola and a bag of peanuts, I’m all good, Bubba.”

All of the current novels in Sellars’ continuing Rowan Gant Investigations saga have spent several consecutive weeks on numerous bookstore bestseller lists as well as a consistent showing on the Amazon.com Horror/Occult top 100. In 2010 a short e-novella featuring a supporting character from the RGI cast spawned a new series, The Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels, the first in the spinoff being IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, which hit the streets November 2011.

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his incomparably amazing wife, equally fantastic daughter, and a pair of felines he describes as, “the competition.” At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and hanging out with friends. In order to satisfy his lifelong dream of being a satirical humor columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper, twice each week he removes his glasses, dons blue tights and a red cape, then blogs about the incredibly bizarre world that is his life as a writer, husband, and father. It has been said that his blog articles sometimes blur the line between fiction and reality. To that Sellars responds, “What line?”

M. R. Sellars can be located on the web wherever there is a virtual bar serving virtual single malt Scotch, single barrel bourbon, good Irish whisky, and decent beer. In other words, look for him on the major social networking sites.

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Merrie Axemas 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Left me with more questions than answers. But, a good, fast read.
Nook_Nosher More than 1 year ago
If you're not familiar with Sellars' writing, this is a great way to get a taste for it. Readers will be carried along with Special Agent Constance Mandalay as she tries to solve a serial murder case that has bewildered the FBI for years and thrust a small town into resigned dread. Take a chance on one of the best authors out there! You won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get ready. This book will make you want to read the author's other book "The Bleak Midwinter". I absolutely could not put this book down. When I finished it, I purchased the other one so I could get the whole story. I can't wait to start the other book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast read and a fair plot- worth the time to read,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Misleading overview
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun book, well-written and I enjoyed it too great deal. In fact I liked it so much that I went and bought one of this author's books. A couple of tiny little typos, but they did not detract from the story in anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not get interested in this story, I tried really hard, but did not manage it. I did not like it at all.
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Such a good story
melbiddle More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of twists. It really made me think and that is great in a book. Very interesting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writing ok. Ending unsatisfactory.
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My friend recommended this author gonna say very pleased for sure getting all others i can
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shelbaW More than 1 year ago
Pretty good, not the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
waste of time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You tell me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it aany good