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“The Spectral City” Presents Paranormal and Historical

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When she’s not writing bestselling and award-winning Gothic Victorian Fantasy, Leanna Renee Hieber moonlights as a licensed ghost tour guide in New York City’s Boroughs of the Dead. Perhaps that should come as no surprise. An online search for “ghosts of New York City” yields more than 80 million results, while “haunted New York City” garners more than a hundred million. The Big Apple loves its haunts, and Hieber’s work is both haunted and haunting, her spectral characters as developed as those of flesh and ink. Set in 1899, The Spectral City (Rebel Base Books) features Eve Whitby, a gifted young medium in charge of New York City’s Ghost Precinct. When her ghostly contacts begin to disappear, Eve and her network…

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A Quest for Meaning and Moby-Dick—A Whale of a Tale

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An ancient house built in 1873, a developmentally delayed boy, and a hidden manuscript combine to create the perfect treasure hunt—securing Herman Melville’s famous Moby-Dick manuscript, its value rising with each casualty. The Moby-Dick Blues (Roundfire Books) by Michael Strelow chronicles the hunt for not only literary treasure, but the search for admiration and purpose: “The story of Arvin and his family and the manuscript for Moby-Dick, [is] the unlikely tale of unlikely characters just like Melville’s story.” Arvin Kraft is used to being left out. His family talks about him as if he can’t hear them. He knows his brain isn’t as quick to process as theirs, as his older brothers, Ben and Carl, always remind him. “My two fast…

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Opium and Identity: 19th Century Woman Battles Crime

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Port Townsend, Washington, 1887. An ex-Pinkerton agent named Alma Rosales is hunting for opium stolen from her employer, criminal boss Delphine Beaumond, one of the most dangerous women in the Northwest. Also on the hunt is a dockworker named Jack Camp, a rough brawler with his own plans for the opium. Neither knows for sure whom to trust, for each knows all too well that in Port Townsend, nobody is who he or she seems to be. One peculiarity, for instance, is that Alma Rosales and Jack Camp are the same person. The Best Bad Things  (MCD) is a terrific historical crime novel, filled with action, atmosphere, twists, and glorious writing, but it is also a direct challenge to the…

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