After surviving a kidnapping and battling with spriggans, Matilda Whipplethorn finds her life in a suburban human house pretty boring. She's been excluded from school because of her fire-making abilities and her former friends are afraid of her. Salvation comes in the form of a life-threatening illness. Her tutor, Miss Penrose, needs a medication and there's only one place to get it, the spriggans. Matilda heads back to the antique mall to save Miss Penrose even though it just might cost her everything.
The Fibonacci family saved Mercy Watts’ life and now she owes them a favor. Calpurnia Fibonacci calls on Mercy to make good. When you’re dealing with a powerful mafia family, refusing isn’t an option. So Mercy travels to Paris, home of the Louvre, catacombs, and secrets, to search for the identity of a woman glimpsed for just a moment on the fashionable Rue Cler and some answers to a few family mysteries of her own. To make matters worse, Chuck and Aaron tag along and they have agendas of their own. With the mafia and the shadowy Klinefeld Group involved, finding the wife of Riley will be much more dangerous than she ever expected.
Mercy Watts is barely back in St. Louis before her hometown suffers the worst crime in a century, a mass murder at an Italian restaurant. This has nothing to do with Mercy and she’s determined to keep it that way. No news. No gossip. No evidence. No bodies. Mercy doesn’t want to know. But there are some things she can’t avoid, her family and her friends.
Officer Joey Ameche has a marker and he’s calling it in, much to Mercy’s dismay. His sister needs help and Mercy’s expected to pay Joey back by clearing her from any involvement in the Tulio murders. That mass murder leads Mercy to her smallest criminal yet, a tiny bacteria with huge potential for murder. She traces that nasty bugger to New Orleans, her mother’s hometown, where the crimes keep adding up and the lies are thicker than Nana’s gumbo.
Matilda went from the bottom of Viennese society to the very top. Now everyone knows she’s a kindler and she’s become a target for fairies who want to exploit the tenuous situation in France. Being famous was never Matilda’s goal. She still has a job to do and being a princess had better not get in the way. Her parents remain in the hands of the French rebellion and the royal family is imprisoned in the Conciergerie in Paris. Iris must be made a cardinal and they have a new family to protect. There’s only one fairy they can turn to and he’s in The Eternal City of Rome. Pope Joyous can intervene in affairs of state. But will he?
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a timeless collection of chillingly scary tales and legends, in which folklorist Alvin Schwartz offers up some of the most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time.
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