Dead on the Rocks: A Sam Russo Mystery

Dead on the Rocks: A Sam Russo Mystery

by Ki Longfellow

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Case 4 in the Sam Russo mystery series finds Sam "out to sea" in more ways than one. He's been dragged along by his rich, flamboyant and interesting "friend," Mrs. Willingford, forced to sail on her husband's yacht. Along for a ride he doesn't want to go on is his friend and neighbor, the girl in the next room, Holly. And Jane, his "Egyptian" dog. Once again, Sam puts down the book he's reading, walks away from his local Staten Island movie palace where he's missing the latest 1950 movies, to find himself in a watery hell. Sam hates water. He's hated it ever since coming home from WWII's Pacific Front in a ship that hit a typhoon. So here he is now, stuck on a boat stuffed with other guests, all of whom are a mystery to him. A couple of actresses, a couple of movie stars, a couple of horsemen, a television comic, a couple of Hollywood movie writers, a robber baron, and enough stewards to serve them all. Things are bad enough, but get a whole lot worse when one actress throws herself into the sea, the other actress disappears, and Jane goes missing. Sam's stuck in an Agatha Christie book, a locked room case. And no one to help him but Mrs. Willingford and Holly.

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BN ID: 2940151439800
Publisher: Eio Books
Publication date: 04/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ki Longfellow, born on Staten Island, New York, to a French-Irish mother and an Iroquois father, grew up in Hawaii and Marin County, California, but ended up living in France and England for many years. She is the widow of a British national treasure, the complete artist Vivian Stanshall.

In England, she created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to the port of Bristol where it became the Old Profanity Showboat. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it. "Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera," garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews.

Her first novel, "China Blues," was the subject of a bidding war. "China Blues," and her second novel, "Chasing Women," introduced Longfellow to Hollywood... a long hard but ultimately fascinating trip.

When Vivian died in 1995, Ki stopped writing, living on Standing Room Only Farm in Vermont. Time may not heal, but it tempers. Eventually Ki began writing again, but her subject became the moment at age 19 that informed her life... a direct experience with the Divine. She chose the figure of Mary Magdalene to tell that tale in her novel "The Secret Magdalene."

Ki's second book on the Divine Feminine is "Flow Down Like Silver," a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored historical figure of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what the Magdalene knew in her heart.

Recently, a huge departure from all she'd written before, Longfellow found herself writing a tale of supernatural horror called "Houdini Heart." This book was selected by the Horror Writers of America as one of a handful of books to be considered for their 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel.

In the Spring of 2013 the first three titles of her Sam Russo noir murder mystery series was published by Eio Books: "Shadow Roll," "Good Dog, Bad Dog," "The Girl in the Next Room."

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