Item description for By Blood Possessed by Elena Santangelo...
Pat Montella is summoned from her dreary office job in suburban Pennsylvania by an unusual request from a stranger: Ninety-one-year-old Magnolia Shelby wants to bequeath to Pat in her will her house and acreage in rural Virginia, and the only condition is that Pat visit during the first week of May to learn what this is all about.
What she finds is Bell Run, a Civil-War-era estate and battle ground inhabited by the enigmatic Miss Maggie, a retired history teacher with a passion for the Civil War. And that's not all, for just as Pat begins to get the lay of the land, she finds herself noticing curiously out-of-date details, like the vibrations of bullets hitting old wood, or the smell of campfire coffee and roast pork, or the faraway hissing of a steam engine. Before too long, she has to admit that what she's hearing, seeing, and smelling are the details of an era long past, the sights and sounds of 1863. Pat soon begins to "see" enough about these long-ago events to put some of the facts together. But then she learns something extraordinary, and how this knowledge affects Pat and Maggie in 1990s Virginia stirs up some very modern, very real danger.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2006
Publisher Bella Rosa Books
ISBN 1933523042 ISBN13 9781933523040
Availability 0 units.
More About Elena Santangelo
Elena Santangelo is the author of the Twins Mystery Series and the Possessed Mystery Series, including the novel BY BLOOD POSSESSED, which was nominated for an Agatha Award. Her armchair companion to Agatha Christie's short stories, DAME AGATHA'S SHORTS, won the Agatha for Best Nonfiction. Writing under E.A. Santangelo, she's also the author of YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER: The World War II Journal of Joseph B. Chicco.
Elena Santangelo currently resides in Norristown, in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about By Blood Possessed?
Loved this book!! Dec 16, 2007
This is a story about a woman named Pat Montella, who finds out that she stands to inherit a Civil War-era estate in Virginia. Pat is single, and doesn't understand how she can inherit this property from a stranger in the South. How is she related? She takes time off her job to meet Miss Maggie Shelby, a lovable but eccentric old lady, and the story begins. Pat receives some death threats, but from who? I really loved this story! There is the mystery of who wants to kill Pat, and the mystery of what really happened to the Bell family, who originally owned the estate. Pat has dreams about a past ancestor, and she ends up solving the present and past mystery. Elena Santangelo is a wonderful writer! She made Pat humorous and compelling at the same time. It made me laugh to see how Patricia, an Italian girl from back East, tries to fit in with Southern folks. I liked all the other characters in the book as well. The author would weave from the past back to the present in a way that wasn't distracting or choppy. I stayed up late to read this book, and it had a very satisfactory ending. I look forward to reading her other books!
Very much like the best of Barbara Michaels Mar 7, 2001
A young woman, in a dead end job that she hates, receives a mysterious message from a lawyer in Virginia regarding a possible bequest. It sounds like an old formula, and it is, but the author adeptly keeps the reader interested. This book has everything, mystery, romance, and the ghost of a long dead relative. The characters are very well drawn and the mystery was difficult to solve. Enjoy it.
Good writing, weak plot Feb 11, 2001
First the good things,--the story was well-written and well-paced with a nice balance between the contemporary and flash back portions. Other elements were mixed, many of the characters were well-done, but a few were cartoons, despite the last minute efforst to show the "real" under surface of the type. The heroine strayed to often into the realm of spunky/perky for my taste, but if that appeals to you, you will like this. The contemporary plot line was weak and far fetched with little real mystery, no detection and no real clues given except for one major instance of suspect behavior.
Knocked my socks off! Jan 4, 2001
I should know better than to start a mystery novel before bedtime. Especially one as gripping and well-written as BY BLOOD POSSESSED. After several sleepless hours, completely engrossed in the novel, I realized that Elena Santangelo is definitely a force to be reckoned with. And no, I did not get to sleep until I finished the book.
This, her first mystery novel, not only delivers one of the best stories I've read, but skillfully weaves both the historical "back" story with the contemporary primary storyline with seamless integration, combining them into a finished, polished tale that will hold its own among the best of the genre. Santangelo bears watching - she may just sneak up and snatch an award or two. Brava!
BY BLOOD POSSESSED...Good To The Last Drop! Aug 31, 2000
Wisecracking Patricia "Pat" Montella is in a dead-end job and in a nowhere life when out-of-the-blue this Pennsylvania native is notified that a stranger is considering bequeathing property in Virginia to her.
The stranger is retired school teacher, Civil War historian and present owner, Magnolia "Miss Maggie" Shelby. Her one stipulation is that Pat spend one week in May at Bell Run, the estate in question, to learn about the land, the Bell Family and ultimately about Pat, herself.
Laying claim to Bell Run is no easy task for Pat Montella. Not only is there a long-lost descendant of the Bell clan competing for the family homestead, but there are also land developers itching to get their hands on this prime real estate property. Threats, murder and eerie happenings move the plot to a predictable but very satisfying climax, with plenty of suspense to spare.
This book is a real find. Not only do you fall in love with Pat Montella in the first chapter as she humorously fantasizes the demise of her obnoxious boss in a barrage of rifle fire, but you can really empathize with a petite but broad-hipped, short woman in white slacks crawling through Virginia woodland.
Elena Santangelo has created very real characters that are warm, funny, flawed and tragic. She has blended character with the passage of time into an engrossing and atmospheric plot that toggles between presend day Virginia and the ravaged Virginia of the Civil War. I'm looking forward to the sequel!