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Hang My Head And Cry [Paperback]

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With By Blood Possessed, Santangelo introduced an unusual mystery heroine, a woman with one foot in today and one foot in history: Quite literally, Pat Montella can "see" into the past. Now Pat has given up her city life and moved onto Miss Maggie Shelby's Civil War-era estate, an estate which Pat will someday inherit. Suddenly her visions return, and Pat begins to see 1870s Virginia through the eyes of a young slave. The personality of this 10-year-old boy, Emancipation, known as "Mance", seems harmless enough, but when Pat and Miss Maggie uncover a skeleton on the estate grounds, once again past and present collide and Pat must use her unusual talents to solve this intricate, intriguing mystery.

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Pat Montella, heroine of Elena Santangelo's previous romantic mystery By Blood Possessed, is back in another adventure. As the unpaid director of the Julia Bell Foundation, Pat's collecting unemployment and living on...Magnolia Shelby's Civil War-era estate in Virginia while she waits for her own future to reveal itself. But it's the past that comes clear first when the amateur archaeological efforts of Aunt Maggie and her friends unearth a long-dead body on the property Pat will someday inherit. And it's Pat's unique ability to "see" back to 1870 (and reconstruct through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy named Emancipation the circumstances under which the skeleton met its end) that turns the somewhat creaky wheels of the plot.

More interesting than the contemporary action (which includes a couple of murders connected to secrets that some of Aunt Maggie's neighbors would just as soon stay buried) are the flashbacks to Reconstruction, the racial politics of the post-slavery years, and the fascinating cast of characters who populated Bell Run back then and whose ghosts still haunt the Virginia countryside. This slow-moving but nicely written ghost story should win Santangelo and her heroine new fans. --Jane Adams

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Item Specifications...

Pages   284
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 30, 2006
Publisher   Bella Rosa Books
ISBN  1933523050  
ISBN13  9781933523057  

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More About Elena Santangelo

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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1Books > Subjects > Horror Fiction > Ghosts
2Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > General
3Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Mystery > Women Sleuths

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Grave of a Ghost  Aug 1, 2008
Elena Santangelo's HANG MY HEAD AND CRY, the sequel to BY BLOOD POSSESSED will have ghost hunters finding membership in her fan club. I have not, at this date, read the first of the series. But HANG MY HEAD AND CRY has plenty of strength to stand alone.
Pat Montella is an Italian-American heir to the Virginia home of Miss Maggie Shelby. Together they are an engaging pair of amateur sleuths who zero in on a dual-case. The skeletal remains that turn up in Pat's garden and some current murders to keep the story hopping. The intricate details of post Civil War Virginia makes fascinating reading. The ghosts are real with more substance than a cold breeze, Pat's ability to step into the past will keep you reading through the summer heat.Writing as a Small BusinessSins of the Fathers: A Brewster County NovelUnder the Liberty Oak
A Really Good Sequel  Apr 20, 2001
I recently read By Blood Possessed and enjoyed it immensely. The novel reminded me of the best of the Barbara Michaels novels, suspense with a little of the supernatural thrown in. Her second book is just as good. The story of Pat, Miss Maggie and Bell Run continues, when another ghost makes his presence known to Pat. Shortly thereafter, a skull is found in Pat's proposed tomato patch. The anthropology department of the local university is called, and a team is sent up to Bell Run. A contemporary death seems to connect the two eras, and Pat and Miss Maggie try to find two murderers in two different centuries.
A mystery with a fantastic twist  Feb 19, 2001
One day Pat Montella, the ghost detective, will inherit Miss Maggie's Bell Run, Virginia estate as the last known descendent of the Bell family. Pat begins to "dream of a young Black male living in the mid 1870s. Apparently he was named Emancipation in homage to Lincoln's freedom speech at Gettysburg a week before he was born.

At about the same time, an unknown gravesite is found. Considering the history of the estate where many Civil War skirmishes occurred that would not be a shocking scenario. However, not long afterward, the police believe that a friend's assistant committed murder. Somehow the three events: the vision from the past, the newly found gravesite, and the murder are linked with Pat's abilities to see ghosts as the only chance of finding out the truth.

The second Montella paranormal mystery retains the freshness and uniqueness within a strong amateur sleuth story line that highlights the debut tale (see BY BLOOD POSSESSED). The plot is fun and never loses steam as Pat struggles with her century plus old visions and trying to find the connection to present events. The characters (mortal and spiritual) add depth that propel the story line forward in such a way that paranormal mystery readers will appreciate. After HANG MY HEAD AND CRY Elena Santangelo can hold her head up high with pride.

Harriet Klausner


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