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A STRANGER FROM THE STORM

Novella

Mannison Press 

The year is 1900. The port city of Odessa on the Black Sea is being terrorized by a brutal killer called the Specter. With five people already dead, the murderer promises more.

One family, the Karadopoulinas, run a boarding house. Sisters Tasia and Eleni feel certain the killer is a scarred, shambling Londoner who took lodging with them one night during a thunderstorm. Furtive and threatening, Henry Humble, stalks Odessa’s labyrinth of interlocking courtyards and foggy docks at night, armed with weapons and skeleton keys.

As the body count rises, so do the questions...
Who is the mysterious figure haunting the catacombs below the streets of Odessa?
Why won’t Eleni’s police constable sweetheart investigate?
Who will be the next to die?

A Victorian-style murder mystery with elements of horror, adventure, and Hitchcockian black humor.  Winner of the 2022 Bronze Medal from the Coffee Pot Book Club and a finalist for Killer Nashville's Silver Falchion Award. 

“A Stranger from the Storm is a perfect one sitting read, preferably on a dark winter night when you’re in the mood for a chilling tale. Do check the doors and windows are locked first however – oh, and you might want to look under that rug.

In three words: Atmospheric, intriguing, suspenseful."

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"A delightful and gripping Gothic murder mystery with a pair of humorous, courageous and refreshingly different young sleuths."

Karen Charlton, Author of THE DETECTIVE LAVENDER MYSTERIES 

"A rollicking Gothic-horror comedy magically set in 1900 Odessa."

Judith Cutler, Author of THE HARRIET AND MATTHEW ROWSLEY SERIES

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