Dead Of Night
by Elaine Viets

When Angela Richman finds two dead bodies in a cursed crypt on Halloween, she is drawn into a spine-tingling mystery. Has a Chouteau Forest legend turned deadly, or is a dangerous killer on the loose?

Everyone in Chouteau Forest knows the legend of the Cursed Crypt. It’s claimed that the restless spirit of a professor nicknamed Mean Gene Cortini, buried in Chouteau Forest University’s crypt, has been causing death and destruction in the Forest for almost two centuries.

Local residents are used to disease and natural disasters striking every seven years. But not murder. When Trey Lawson outbids the wealthy Du Pres family at the university’s annual Howl-o-ween Benefit Auction, he wins the chance to spend the night in the crypt with his fiancée, Lydia. Angela Richman, Death Investigator, finds their mutilated bodies there the following morning.

As Angela investigates, she learns that Trey was threatening the established hierarchy of Chouteau Forest. Has the legend taken a deadly turn, or are Trey and Lydia victims of a vicious power struggle?


“Will appeal to fans of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs”

Booklist on Late for His Own Funeral

“Angela’s usual snark and fondness for wine help propel the twisty plot”

Publishers Weekly on Late for His Own Funeral

“Colorful characters match the crafty plot twists. Viets consistently entertains”

Publishers Weekly on Life Without Parole

“Viets’ fans should enjoy her latest corpse-filled outing”

Kirkus Reviews on Life Without Parole

Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets returns to her hardboiled roots with her Angela Richman, Death Investigator series. A Star Is Dead is the latest, following Fire and Ashes and Brain Storm, and the novella Ice Blonde. Elaine has 34 bestselling mysteries in four series, including the Dead-End Job mysteries and the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series. A St Louis native, Elaine took the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course for forensic professionals at St Louis University. She has previously won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards. Elaine lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, writer and reviewer Don Crinklaw.

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Dead Of Night by Elaine Viets is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483103574th April 2023147 X 222mm240$31.99
Hardback97814483103574th April 2023147 X 222mm240£21.99
Ebook97814483103884th April 2023N/A240$24.99
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