Stars Among the Dead

Stars Among the Dead

by Marcy McKay

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Stars Among the Dead by Marcy McKay


"Me and Mama inch our way into the dark room. Shadows of bodies lie on dirty mattresses on the floor, or stretched across the bare boards themselves. People moan like they're in pain. Every step feels rocky 'cause we're walking on human trash."

Living on the streets is hard enough, so when Copper Daniels' mama drags them from their cemetery home in the middle of the night, the eleven-year-old knows they're in big trouble. The two clash over this so-called "secret mission" to help an unreliable friend, but Copper can't seem to protect her mama from herself. By the time, they discover the first dead body, it's too late. They're running from a killer, and Copper isn't sure they'll make it out alive.

Stars Among the Dead is a novella, set nine months before the first book in the Lost Souls Mysteries.


2016 Winner - Shelf Unbound Winner

2016 Finalist - USA Best Book Award

2010 Winner – Writer's Leagues of Texas: Best Mainstream Novel

2010 Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best of Show


"Copper Daniels is so plucky and your portrayal of her is vibrant." Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series

"I LOVED spending time with Copper and the gang in Paradise again." Robyn Bradley, author of What Happened in Granite Creek


Q: What makes the Lost Souls Mysteries special?

A: In 2008, I drove through the gates of my local cemetery, and heard an imaginary voice whispering in my ear. It was a homeless girl who said that she and her mama lived at the Warrior Angel, but her mom had gone missing. I started writing the Burger Heaven series that night to see what happened to Copper Daniels' family, and to her life. I love Copper because she's a strong female protagonist, with an unforgettable story.

Q: Why should readers give your books a try?

A: Because the Lost Souls Mysteries are fast paced action books, with complex characters and great plots. They're intense stories that aren't afraid to explore dark matters, but with humor and hope along the way. I enjoy exploring age-old themes: good versus evil, forgiveness, redemption, as well as love conquers all.

Q: Which eBook Categories can readers find the Lost Souls Mysteries?

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Psychological Thriller

Action & Adventure

Literary Fiction

Coming of Age

Young Adult

Q: Where can readers connect with you?

A: Join my email list at I send out posts about once or twice a month, so I don't hound people. I don't have time. I'm too busy working on the next Lost Souls mystery. Happy reading!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158763021
Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2017
Series: Lost Souls Mysteries
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 472 KB

About the Author

Marcy McKay knew she wanted to write stories the moment she read about Oompa Loompas in the fourth grade. She's an award-winning short-story author and copywriter, as well as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Writer's Digest, Accent West, Roots & Wings, The Write Practice, Write to Done, and Positive Writer and Jane Marcy lives in Texas with her husband and two teens, who all still like her...most of the time.

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Twitter: @MarcyMcKayBooks

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