New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub returns to Mundy’s Landing—a small town where bygone bloodshed has become big business.
Hair neatly braided, hands serenely clasped, eyes closed, the young woman appeared to be sound asleep. But the peaceful tableau was a madman’s handiwork. Beneath the covers, her white nightgown was spattered with blood. At daybreak, a horrified family would discover her corpse tucked into their guest room. The cunning killer would strike again . . . and again . . . before vanishing into the mists of time.
A century ago, the Sleeping Beauty Murders terrified picturesque Mundy’s Landing. The victims, like the killer, were never identified. Now, on the hundredth anniversary, the Historical Society’s annual “Mundypalooza” offers a hefty reward for solving the notorious case.
Annabelle Bingham, living in one of the three Murder Houses, can’t escape the feeling that her family is being watched—and not just by news crews and amateur sleuths. She’s right. Having unearthed the startling truth behind the horrific crimes, a copycat killer is about to reenact them—beneath the mansard roof of Annabelle’s dream home…
Wendy Corsi Staub
USA Today and New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.
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Blue Moon: Wendy Corsi
Astronomical Blue Moons happen either once every 2 to 3 years or so, depending on which of the definitions you apply. A Moon that actually looks blue, however, is a very rare sight. The Moon, full or any other phase, can appear blue when the atmosphere is filled with dust or smoke particles of a certain size; slightly wider than 0.7 micron. The particles scatter the red light, making the Moon appear blue in color. This can happen for instance after a dust storm, a forest fire, or a volcanic eruption.
Eruptions like on Mt. Krakatoa, Indonesia (1883), El Chichon, Mexico (1983), Mt. St. Helens (1980) and Mount Pinatubo (1991) are all known to have blue moons. (Wikipedia)
What would you do if a murder happened on the same night as a blue moon? What would you do if three murders happened in the same town within the some time periods as these moons appeared? Imagine coming home and beneath the covers of a bed you see a figure splattered and covered in blood. Imagine finding a corpse in your guest room and not knowing whom the person is and when this killer will strike once again. A man who pretends to be Holmes and uses or pretends to use his detective is holding three young girls captive and deductive reasoning skills to take on an entire community thinking no one will notice him hiding in plain sight. One hundred years have passed since the first Sleeping Beauty Murders as the author shares the voice of this killer as he explains his motives, how he hunts his victims and stalks others. The setting is Mundy’s Landing and the event that will rekindle and trigger the murders once again is the yearly or annual Mundypalooza. But, this time there is a special catch: If anyone can figure out how to solve this case they will get a substantial reward. With the killer lurking right in front of them, breaking into houses unnoticed, stalking and lurking about will he succeed before anyone knows he is there? Will he be stopped? The killer was never caught and his victims remain nameless. So, why would Annabelle Bingham decide to buy and live in one of the three Murder Houses where one of the three victims was found. Reporting to the police that someone was lurking about her yard, not really seeing a face she begins to wonder if someone is watching her but why? With a young son named Oliver who ahs panic attacks, fears people, dislikes the man repairing their pool and not wanting to venture out alone or to friends, just what does he sense about this house and where he lives that his parents do not? But, even though she is on a quest to find out what really happened, finds something on a wall and near her pool that relates to deaths, time of deaths and even memorials in a cemetery, will this home that she wants to love so much turn out to be a nightmare in waiting.
Enter Detective Leary and her partner Detective Barnes. Both on short term vacations but Leary in the Mundy’s Landing befriending a young detective there. Walking out of the precinct she notices the names of two missing young girls, reads the information but no connection is found or link to anything. She does not put it together as yet but still feels that even though she is in a safe place bolting her doors might be wise. The story reads that three young girls were killed. Each girl found in an unoccupied bed and each one placed underneath the covers. The position and placement of all three are the same and they all wore a white nightgown and all three had their throats slit. On one noticed they were missing at first and they were dubbed Sleeping Beauties and the murderer referred to as the Sleeping Beauty Killer. The year 1916 and the month July and since the hundred year anniversary is upon them will this murderer resurface and if so when and how? But he has and so far gone unnoticed as the three young girls chained and bound and unknown. Flashing back to the time of the real killer and meeting Angelica Purcell the owner of her house, she finds evidence and clues to the past, her past, death dates written on the walls and things will begin to spiral out of control as the murderer plans, plots and then hopes to execute his plans. Within the town we hear the voice from the present and that of the real killer in the past as they link their thoughts and we meet Ora the woman who the real killer stalked, her beauty cat and her life within the walls of one room. As Annabelle researches the woman who owned her house first, and we meet Ora in the past and then in the present. Annabelle thought to ask Lester Purcell about the stone monument and other things about the house but decided not to. She did not even tell Trib about the statue or the carvings that Oliver read off to her.
Both Annabelle and Trib loves company and she invites her friends Kathleen and Rob for dinner with their two children. But, Catherine is a difficult teen and does not listen or respect her mother but she becomes the object of obsession of the killer.
As Annabelle and her friend Kim become involved with the history of the area they decide they might want to investigate the murders on their own. The different clues that Annabelle found, the dates of death and the stone statue by the pool outside lets readers know that there might be someone buried underneath. As Catherine and Kim bicker and the killer alerts someone else to what is happening and the snags he’s facing you begin to wonder if there are two that are going to be involved in these murders and just who the second person might be. Added in the author goes back and forth between the killer in 1916 and the killer in the present as one young girl named Juanita is now the first victim but yet to be revealed. Three Murder Houses and their different families that find death bodies in their guest rooms and the first is about to appear in the present. As the gala event is about to take place and Ora prepares herself the author reveals her secrets, her heirlooms and treasures and how they relate to the murders.
As the evidence and information unravels the first body appears and the community is shaken when the murderer decides to let everyone know he is back. When Ora’s space is invaded and the precious items she has hidden for years are stolen things spiral out of control as the killer goes after another teen, Oliver is in danger and Annabelle becomes target. When you know too much and ask questions of the wrong people you might not like the answers. As Lester enlightens her about his family’s history a killer lurks in plain sight and will stop at nothing until her completes what someone started years ago. Hear the voice of the killer as he relates his hidden skills, calls himself Holmes and then go back in time and read the diary and the poems inserted to understand the real killer and watch out if you decide to move to 19 Schyler, 46 Bridge or 65 Prospect in Mundy’s Landing. Beware you could be next as the town learns of the murders, a teen’s life is in question and Sully and Barnes ask to join the investigation as Nick learns a harsh truth and everyone the name of the killer. Understand the rationale behind his thinking, understand why the killer decided to take the lives of so many, understand why in the present he might have gotten away with it. Understand the bravery of a 12 year old boy whose fears get the better of him but when push comes to shove will he rise to the occasion when someone he cares about is in danger? The Blue Moon will rise on June 30 at 5: 24, July 8th at 5:28 and July 14 at 5: 33. When the sun rises on these days so will the moon be blue. The victims have one thing in common making them perfect targets. But, when someone realizes just who one girl was in the past the killer just might come after her. An ending that is powerful, will continue to keep a community on edge because Mundy’s Landing might be safe now but there is much more to come as the author pens Blue White!. Beware for what happens next in this quaint little town.
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