Mansions of the Dead (Mass Market Paperback)

By Sarah Stewart Taylor

St. Martin's Paperbacks, 9780312985950, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2005

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Description

Sweeney St. George concedes that having lunch in Boston's Mount Auburn Cemetery might be a bit macabre. Yet the graveyard fits her interests as an art professor with a specialty in cemetery statuary and mourning jewelry. And although she doesn't yet realize it, this historic burial ground is one of the last places on earth her favorite student, Brad Putnam, scion of a famous Boston family, sees before someone murders him.

Because of her expertise, the Boston police ask Sweeney to help them track down the antique jewelry found with Brad's body. Her investigation soon leads to chilling information about the influential Putnams, an earlier death, and Brad's secrets. Complicating everything is her attraction to Brad's rakishly charming older brother Jack. Now, Sweeney St. George is about to walk a dark and dangerous path...where passion can be dangerous and where a killer waits.



About the Author

SARAH STEWART TAYLOR, an avid gravestone buff, is a freelance journalist in Vermont. Her debut novel, "O' Artful Death," was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel.

Visit Sarah Stewart Taylor's Web site at: www.sarahstewarttaylor.com.


Praise For Mansions of the Dead

"Taylor's on sure footing when she focuses on graveyard art, Victorian burial sites, and mourning brooches."-Kirkus Reviews

"Taylor shows us without missing an exciting beat just how much our world has changed in the past century."-Chicago Tribune

"Taylor's is one of those mystery series where readers are educated as well as entertained...Mansions of the Dead is agreeably tricked out with red herrings and jarring switches in mood: Just as readers settle in for an academic cozy, the atmosphere changes, and disaster that has the coarse feel of reality intrudes."-Washington Post

"Spooky séances, ouija boards, nights spent cavorting in Mount Auburn Cemetery, and mourning jewelry made of human hair take center stage in Mansions of the Dead...a story of grief and remembrance, and its pleasures include the explication of the 'cult of mourning' that overtook America in the wake of the Civil War, and grief as we experience it today."-Boston Sunday Globe

"With three possible love interests for Sweeney and strong secondary characters, this is very compelling reading. The graveyards, antique shops and historical societies of Boston and Newport are artfully sketched, and the invisible social boundaries of both cities are well drawn."-Romantic Times

"Sarah Stewart Taylor has written an exciting mystery featuring characters that are so easy to like...the heroine...is spunky, sweet, and sparkling, and readers will want to read more books featuring this dynamic character."-Midwest Book Review

"An intelligent tale, leaving readers begging to know more."-Booklist

"This moody, atmospheric novel will appeal to fans of darker cozies."-Publishers Weekly

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