ELENA SANTANGELO is the author of the Possessed Mystery Series, which begins with Agatha Award finalist By Blood Possessed, and features sleuth Pat Montella, a corporate layoff victim turned ghostbuster. Elena's Twin Mystery Series features forensic psychologist Gen Ziegler and her identical twin sister, Sara, both college professors in Pennsylvania's Schwenkfelder region. You can read her short mysteries and ghost stories in Short Cuts to Mayhem. Her forays into non-fiction includes Yesterday, Today and Forever: The World War II Journal of Joseph B. Chicco, and Dame Agatha's Shorts: An Agatha Christie Short Story Companion, which won the Agatha for Best Nonfiction and was nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards. Visit her at www.elenasantangelo.com.
Poison To Purge Melancholyby Elena Santangelo
Pat Montella should have loved the idea of spending Christmas with her boyfriend Hugh Lee in a romantic place like Colonial Williamsburg. But the trip also means meeting Hugh's mother and his siblings, and his moody teenaged daughter will be tagging along. On the bright side, Miss Maggie, Pat's best friend and surrogate grandmother, will be coming, too, and she knows… See more details below
Pat Montella should have loved the idea of spending Christmas with her boyfriend Hugh Lee in a romantic place like Colonial Williamsburg. But the trip also means meeting Hugh's mother and his siblings, and his moody teenaged daughter will be tagging along. On the bright side, Miss Maggie, Pat's best friend and surrogate grandmother, will be coming, too, and she knows all the words to every holiday song ever written. Still, Pat hasn't been feeling well lately, plus she'll be missing two big Italian feasts with her family back home, which could make anyone melancholy. Add to that a determined poisoner, too many doctors, a centuries-old murder, and a house haunted by a malicious Colonial ghost. This is bound to be one holiday Pat will never forget . . . if she survives.
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Christmas in Williamsburg¿a tourist¿s delight. But what goes on behind the scenes in those charming old houses? Elena Santangelo¿s third Pat Montella mystery, true to its title, involves poisonous overdoses of 18th century medicines. The historical medical mystery, set just after the American revolution, complete with mummers and Christmas revelry, is one of two intricate plots interlaced in this intriguing page turner. The parallel modern day plot finds smart-mouth Pat coping with boyfriend Hugh¿s zany relatives at a family Christmas in a historic Williamsburg house, complete with a reenactment of a traditional 18th century dinner. But why do some of the guests develop mysterious symptoms of illness? The food is great, but it¿s the ghosts of the family ancestors, the house¿s original inhabitants, who stir the pot and make Poison to Purge Melancholy a distinctively different treat for lovers of mysteries old and new.