Crone's Moon: A Rowan Gant Investigation

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The silence of the dead can be deafening

These are the things of which nightmares are made: Decomposed remains in a shallow grave, a missing school teacher, an abduction, and a cyclical timeline that all add up to a frightening theory - a sadistic serial killer may well be prowling Saint Louis by the semi-darkness of the waning moon.

The problem for Rowan Gant is, this time things are personal. More

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About M. R. Sellars

A member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers), M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, considers himself just a “guy with a lot of nightmares and a word processing program.” Legend has it he started making up stories to entertain a stuffed bear during his single digit years, then began writing them down sometime around his early teens when the growing catalogue of fiction started causing him to experience migraines. Although he had several short stories and newspaper articles published during his early adult life, it wasn’t until 2000 that his first full-length novel, Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series.

Sellars says that the biggest adjustment he has had to make with his writing career is coping with the time spent away from his family while traveling on promotional tours. Still, he approaches the necessity of public appearances with the same humorously deadpan and satirical wit that he applies to life in general, stating, “As long as I have an RC Cola and a bag of peanuts, I’m all good, Bubba.”

All of the current novels in Sellars’ continuing Rowan Gant Investigations saga have spent several consecutive weeks on numerous bookstore bestseller lists as well as a consistent showing on the Horror/Occult top 100. In 2010 a short e-novella featuring a supporting character from the RGI cast spawned a new series, The Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels, the first in the spinoff being IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, which hit the streets November 2011.

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his incomparably amazing wife, equally fantastic daughter, and a pair of felines he describes as, “the competition.” At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and hanging out with friends. In order to satisfy his lifelong dream of being a satirical humor columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper, twice each week he removes his glasses, dons blue tights and a red cape, then blogs about the incredibly bizarre world that is his life as a writer, husband, and father. It has been said that his blog articles sometimes blur the line between fiction and reality. To that Sellars responds, “What line?”

M. R. Sellars can be located on the web wherever there is a virtual bar serving virtual single malt Scotch, single barrel bourbon, good Irish whisky, and decent beer. In other words, look for him on the major social networking sites.

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Review by: Mike Gleason on Feb. 19, 2012 :
Crone’s Moon (Book Five in the Rowan Gant Investigations) by M. R. Sellars © 2004 Willow Tree Press eBook $2.99 (U.S.)

Crone’s Moon picks up the Rowan Gant narrative immediately after the conclusion of The Law of Three. There has been no time for attitudes to change or for tempers to cool and that is, most definitely, not a good thing. He has seen his arch-nemesis (and self-appointed “witch hunter”) Eldon Andrew Porter arrested and found a new opponent in Lieutenant Barbara (“Bible Barb” or “B.B.”) Albright, who is almost as offended by Rowan’s religion as Mr. Porter and worse (for Rowan, at least) she has a badge to back up her prejudices. The fact that Rowan was responsible for an Internal Affairs investigation targeting her has not improved their relationship at all.

Lieutenant Albright finds herself ordered to bring Rowan in to assist with investigating another case of a serial killer. Her dislike, no let’s be honest here, her hatred of him and his wife notwithstanding, she is in a position where she has no choice in the matter. This does nothing to improve her attitude regarding the “…damnable Satan worshippers…” and their friends, Detective Ben Storm and FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay.

The case is ultimately solved, but at a horrendous cost to Rowan and Felicity. This series is well worth reading and enjoying.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

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