Dead bodies pop up amid the Spanish moss and magnolia blossoms, grim reminders that death lurks around every corner. Homicide detective Elise Sandburg—a smart, strong woman with a mysterious past—knows first-hand the threat of death and works to honour the victims of violent crimes by bringing murderers to justice. Jeffrey Nightingale, a menacing serial killer (but then, aren’t all serial killers menacing?), is stalking the streets, and he has Elise and her partner, David Gould, in his sights.
When settling in to read Anne’s manuscript for the first time, I was immersed in the empty parks, Gothic cemeteries and murky swamps of Savannah, and found myself looking over my shoulder as I sped through the story, dread building as Nightingale enacted his ghoulish plans.
I’d love to visit Savannah in person some day, but in the meantime I can escape to the city with Anne’s wonderfully complex Detective Elise Sandburg, who is tasked with protecting its dark, enchanting streets.
- Alison Dasho, Editor