The Fairies of Sadieville

The Fairies of Sadieville

Alex Bledsoe

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery & Thrillers / Horror

Charming and lyrical, The Fairies of Sadieville continues Alex Bledsoe's widely-praised contemporary fantasy series, about the song-wielding fairy descendants living in modern-day Appalachia."This is real." Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into a winged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed.Soon, their journey takes them to Needsville, whose residents are hesitant about their investigation, but Justin and Veronica are helped by Tucker Carding, who seems to have his own ulterior motives. When the two students unearth a secret long hidden, everyone in the Tufa community must answer the most important question of their entire lives — what would they be...
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Wake of the Bloody Angel

Wake of the Bloody Angel

Alex Bledsoe

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery & Thrillers / Horror

Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery—one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse.For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s fortune in treasure. Others say he rules a wealthy, secret pirate kingdom. And a few believe he still sails under a ghostly flag with a crew of the damned.To find the truth, and earn his twenty-five gold pieces a day, Eddie must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew...and his even more legendary treasure. Review“Try suggesting this to fans of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.”—Booklist, Starred Review on *Dark Jenny“Bledsoe skillfully combines humor, action, deduction, and emotion to make the material fresh and engaging for fans of both fantasy and noir.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Dark Jenny*“This well-crafted novel should appeal to fans of Glen Cook’s Garret P.I. novels.”—Library Journal on Dark Jenny“Gives every evidence that Bledsoe’s combination of sword and sorcery with hard-boiled detection will have a long and successful run.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Burn Me Deadly“An entertaining, well-crafted melding of fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews on Burn Me DeadlyAbout the AuthorALEX BLEDSOE is the author of three previous Eddie LaCrosse novels, The Sword-Edged Blonde, Burn Me Deadly, and Dark Jenny. Bledsoe is also a contributor to Tor.com....eGod...
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Chapel of Ease

Chapel of Ease

Alex Bledsoe

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery & Thrillers / Horror

The latest installment in Alex Bledsoe's critically-acclaimed Tufa series that Kirkus Reviews calls "powerful, character-driven drama...a sheer delight." (starred review)When Matt Johanssen, a young New York actor, auditions for "Chapel of Ease," an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show's writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Ray's people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated home town. But there is one question in the show's script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease?As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows Ray and spies on him. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.Matt and the cast are distraught, but there's no question of shutting down: the run quickly sells out....
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Croaked

Croaked

Alex Bledsoe

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery & Thrillers / Horror

The heroine of The Firefly Witch, Dr. Tanna Tully, returns for more adventures into the dangerous, the absurd, and the deadly.• Tanna receives a mysterious box that contains something alive, and possibly diabolical. Does Ry have the nerve to open it?• When her research connects a long-vanished local lake with a global ecological crisis, Tanna and her husband Ry must find a way to cross dimensions into a strange other reality.• A young boy vanishes inside an amusement park’s latest attraction, and his ghost begs Tanna for help. She and Ry must figure out what has happened to him, and then take a trip into the darkest place imaginable, if they dare, to try and free him.• “Son” Emerson, obnoxious redneck country star, has a problem: the guitar once used by his late father, the legendary “Dad” Emerson, seems to be haunted. Can Tanna figure out who the ghost is, and what it wants?
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Blood Groove

Blood Groove

Alex Bledsoe

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery & Thrillers / Horror

When centuries-old vampire Baron Rudolfo Zginski was staked in Wales in 1915, the last thing he expected was to reawaken in Memphis, Tennessee, sixty years later. Reborn into a new world of simmering racial tensions, the cunning nosferatu realizes he must adapt quickly if he is to survive.Finding willing victims is easy, as Zginski possesses all the powers of the undead, including the ability to sexually enslave anyone he chooses. Hoping to learn how his kind copes with this bizarre new era, Zginski tracks down a nest of teenage vampires. But these young vampires have little knowledge of their true nature, having learned most of what they know from movies like Blacula.Forming an uneasy alliance with the young vampires, Zginski begins to teach them the truth about their powers. They must learn quickly, for there’s a new drug on the street—a drug created to specifically target and destroy vampires. As Zginski and his allies track the drug to its source, they may unwittingly be stepping into a fifty-year-old trap that can destroy them all . . .From Publishers WeeklyFirst published by Night Shade in 2006, this dark tale of vampires in 1970s Memphis is marred by racial stereotypes and grim perversions. Baron Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski, stabbed with a crucifix in 1915, reanimates 60 years later when pathologist Patricia Johnson withdraws the cross from his mummified corpse. The racist and self-absorbed Zginski kills his African-American resurrector and heads out into the world. He joins up with a gaggle of young vampires, including lecherous black teens Olive and Leonardo, who speak almost entirely in clichéd blaxploitation patois (Don't be a jive turkey, sweetheart) and use telepathy to seduce and kill unsuspecting humans. Coroner Danielle Roseberry almost becomes the pair's latest prey until Zginski realizes they all need her help to trace the origin of a mysterious vampire-killing dust. Bledsoe (The Sword-Edged Blonde) employs a suave, creepy style that suits the story but can't mitigate his appalling treatment of female and minority characters. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review"Bledsoe’s debut urban fantasy is an intoxicating brew of mystery, humor, and horror."--Library Journal on *Blood Groove*“I love vampire stories, both reading them and writing them, and when one comes along that’s as new and fresh as Blood Groove, well, it’s just plain delicious. One very sweet read. ”—Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author“Hot and sticky and tangy as a slab of Memphis ribs. A trippy vamp-noir seventies feed-fest, complete with the requisite sex, drugs, and vintage rock.”—E.E. Knight, bestselling author of Vampire Earth on Blood Groove“An edgy, visceral page-turner that had me laughing one moment and shivering the next. Alex Bledsoe is a writer to watch!”—Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Wicked Game on Blood Groove
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The Girls With Games of Blood

The Girls With Games of Blood

Alex Bledsoe

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery & Thrillers / Horror

*Listen to what I tell you, son, every word is trueThe sisters haunt the night, and might fight over youNothing can steal your soul and stamp it in the mudLike being the new play-pretty for the girls with the games of blood . . .*The old song warns of the beautiful Bolade sisters, Patience and Prudence, whose undying rivalry was said to stretch even beyond the grave. But Count Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski has never heard the song. A suave Continental vampire, staked to death more than sixty years ago, he has risen to stalk the Southern nights of Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1975. Although new to the modern world, he has quickly developed a taste for its hot blood, willing women, and high-speed automobiles.Yet the seventies are not without their perils, even for so cunning and ruthless a predator. Zginski’s insistent pursuit of a cherry 1973 Mach 1 Ford Mustang soon brings him into conflict with a legendary redneck sheriff with a short temper and a big baseball bat. His dangerous fascination with an enticing undead chanteuse and her equally seductive sister, threatens not only his own ageless existence, but that of the small group of modern-day vampires he has grudgingly taken under his wing. Zginski has already escaped limbo once, but can he free himself from the tangled web of the girls who play games of blood?Alex Bledsoe, author of Blood Groove, returns to he world of the undead with a tale of fast cars and vengeance that never dies. . . .At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.From Publishers WeeklyBledsoe captures Tennessee's seamy side in this sordid, oppressive sequel to 2009's Blood Groove. Baron Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski stalks 1970s Memphis after 60 years in limbo. The unrepentantly racist, misogynist vampire sinks his fangs into a new obsession: a 1973 Mach I Mustang he buys from Zeb Crabtree, whose nubile white daughter, Clora, catches the eye of black vampire Leonardo Jones, Zginski's sidekick. Waitress Fauvette (an anti–Sookie Stackhouse) meets undead singer Patience Bolade at Zginski's club, the Ringside (an anti-Merlotte's), and tries to learn Patience's secret to surviving without drinking blood, while Prudence, Patience's estranged vampire sibling, hopes for vengeance over a love triangle with a Civil War colonel. Zginski rates as one of the genre's most repulsive protagonists, and Bledsoe's polished prose can't make up for the shock tactics he uses to propel the plot. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From BooklistThe sequel to Blood Groove (2010) finds vampire count Rudolfo Zginski, staked in 1915 and resurrected in 1975, in Memphis, Tennesee, with two young vampires he befriended in the first book. There is an old song from that era warning against the Bolade sisters, whose rivalry in love lasted well beyond their deaths. Listen to what I tell you, son, and every word is true / The sisters haunt the night, and they might fight over you; so run the lyrics. The count knows nothing of the song. He’s fallen in love with fast cars, and is in the area to buy a 1973 cherry Mustang. The purchase brings him into conflict with a short-tempered former sheriff who also covets the vehicle. Then Rudolfo becomes fascinated with an undead chanteuse, who turns out to be one of the Bolade sisters. This brings him into their undying feud. Bledsoe has admirably resurrected the Memphis of 35 years ago for this story. The intricate plot is peopled with fully developed characters. Definitely one of the better vampire novels lately. --Frieda Murray
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He Drank, and Saw the Spider

He Drank, and Saw the Spider

Alex Bledsoe

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery & Thrillers / Horror

For fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Glen Cook's Garrett PI novels, comes the newest installment in Alex Bledsoe’s Eddie LaCrosse series, He Drank and Saw the Spider.After he fails to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a bear, a young mercenary is saddled with the baby girl the man died to protect. He leaves her with a kindly shepherd family and goes on with his violent life. Now, sixteen years later, that young mercenary has grown up to become cynical sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. When his vacation travels bring him back to that same part of the world, he can’t resist trying to discover what has become of the mysterious infant.He finds that the child, now a lovely young teenager named Isadora, is at the center of complicated web of intrigue involving two feuding kings, a smitten prince, a powerful sorceress, an inhuman monster, and long-buried secrets too shocking to imagine. And once again she needs his help.They say a spider in your cup will poison you, but only if you see it. Eddie, helped by his smart, resourceful girlfriend Liz, must look through the dregs of the past to find the truth about the present—and risk what might happen if he, too, sees the spider.**
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The Sword-Edged blonde

The Sword-Edged blonde

Alex Bledsoe

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery & Thrillers / Horror

EDITORIAL REVIEW: It should have been a case like any other: a missing princess, a king willing to pay in gold for her return. But before he realizes it, private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, a slightly shopworn sword jockey with a talent for discretion and detection, is swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime and the tragic past he thought he'd left behind.First in a series of hard-boiled fantasy detective novels, in the vein of Glen Cook's Garrett series.
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