“The impressive first in a historical series, which effortlessly
alternates between Washington, D.C., in 1862 and the same city 95 years
later...this debut shows definite promise.” —Publishers Weekly
“Very nicely done....Recommended.” —Library Journal
“An involving, period-perfect story. The action is fast-paced and convincing...the characters are expertly drawn.” —ForeWord
David R. Horwitz was born in Washington, D.C., the son of a D.C. police officer and a piano teacher. Raised in suburban Maryland, David read voraciously, wrote short stories, and biked into the city whenever he could. He studied journalism and Russian in college, wrote for the school paper, and earned a degree in information systems. In 2000, he and his wife moved to rural Minnesota, where he programmed computers by day and wrote on nights and weekends. David's dream of writing full-time ended when he died in 2004. He left behind his wife of ten years, parents, siblings, and the manuscripts that would become the Ben Carey mystery series. Murder Bay was his first book.
A young gentleman of means but of meaningless pursuits, Grainger is cast into the notorious Bellstrom Gaol, where he must quickly learn to survive in the filthy, ramshackle prison. The “Bells”—where debtors, gaolers, whores, thieves, and murderers all mix freely and where every privilege comes at a price—will be the young man’s home for the rest of his life unless he can prove his innocence.
But his friends, the journalist William Quillby and Cassie Redruth, the poor young girl who owes Grainger a debt of gratitude, refuse to abandon him. Before they can win his freedom, however, they must decode the meaning behind the crude wax seal that inspires terror in those who know its portent and contend with forces both inside and outside the prison determined to keep Grainger behind bars.
Set against the urban backdrop of late 18th-century England, The Raven’s Seal unravels a tale of corruption, betrayal, murder, and—ultimately—redemption and love.
Praise for The Raven’s Seal:
“Baltakmens captures the flavor and scope of classic British fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This atmospheric, character-driven, and plot-twisty bildungsroman is a worthy paean to Oliver Twist and Great Expectations.” —Booklist
“Baltakmens gives readers of The Raven’s Seal all of the history and the mystery his subtitle promises. The mood, color, details, and dialogue come across as very authentic . . . [his] characters would not be out of place in a work of DeFoe or Thackeray. In fact, there is much of the latter’s Barry Lyndon here, with its plots and duels and confidence games, as well as deft touches of the former’s Moll Flanders, with its bawdy wenches, prison intrigues, and period squalor.” —ForeWord
“The author’s exquisite prose rushes along full of surprises, shadows, betrayal, and squalid situations where the high-born and criminals intermix. A superb mystery with vibrant characters.” —Historical Novels Review
DEATH BY OBSESSION is book #8 in the #1 Bestselling Caribbean Murder series--which begins with DEATH BY HONEYMOON, a FREE download!
BY OBSESSION, the next installment in the #1 Bestselling Caribbean Murder
series, a huge destination wedding, merging two blueblood families, is about to
take place in St. Martin, when Cindy and Mattheus get an emergency call from
the father of the bride. He wants them to come down to the island immediately
and dig up dirt on the groom. He can’t shake his bad feeling about the guy, even
though all his other investigations didn’t turn up a thing.
Mattheus, who have been spending time building their relationship and are much
closer, agree to come down on a lark and see what they can find. With help from
informants from the seamy side of the island, they stumble upon a shocking secret
that no one knows about: not his friends, not his family, and not his bride.
Mattheus disagree about what should be done. But as the father confronts the
bride with the news, it sets off a dramatic and unexpected response. Soon, a sudden
As all of
this is going on, Cindy unexpectedly discovers something that also shakes her
world: Mattheus, too, has a deep, dark secret that he has never told her. As
Cindy and Mattheus investigate the awful homicide, they must also deal with
this new revelation which threatens to tear their relationship apart.
Obsession brings us into the heart of love, passion, secrets and lies.
DEATH BY OBSESSION is a stand-alone novel, and is also Book #8 in the
Caribbean Murder series.
Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence.
A year later, Sylvie is living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened to their parents. Now, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night—and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years.
Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King’s works with the compelling quirkiness of John Irving’s beloved novels, Help for the Haunted is that rare story that brings to life a richly imagined and wholly original world.