Death Under the Crescent Moon
By Dusty Rainbolt. Cover art by Dell Harris.
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A Place With a Past
The Baker Hospital and Health Resort is a luxury cancer hospital. But before Norman Baker purchased it, the defunct Crescent Hotel/Crescent College for Girls had provided opulent lodging for the rich seeking the healing waters of Eureka Springs and an education for their privileged daughters.
Soon after retired silent-screen sta, Eva Dupree learns that she might be terminal, she travels to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with her dead husband's cat and her personal maid, Rose. When Eva starts to hear and see strange things, she can't be sure whether it's the effects of Baker’s unorthodox "cure" or her disease.
Of course, it could be that the place is entirely filled with ghosts, and not all of them are nice — much less harmless.
Death Under the Crescent Moon delivers on all levels: interesting, relatable characters, a vivid recreation of 1930s America on the brink of war, and bone-chilling suspense.
— Julia S. Mandala, author of House of Doors
Ghostly doings and poignant puzzles haunt feisty silent film star Eva Dupree when she resides at a famed Ozark mountain sanitarium with her maid and companion cat. Eva must confront both lost and evil spirits to uncover the answers to the hospital's many riddles and save her own life. Lively writing and the well-researched 1939 setting (at a genuine historically haunted site) make for a fun and spooky paranormal mystery.
— Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the Delilah Street Paranormal Mystery Series
There’s a moment toward the end of Dusty Rainbolt’s Death Under the Crescent Moon that is worth the price of admission all by its lonesome. In that instant, Rainbolt takes the clichés of the haunted hotel mystery and neatly dumps them on their head. It’s masterfully done, and, without spoiling it, it manages the rare trick of being shocking at the moment while being completely logical in hindsight. More...
— Richard Dansky, The Green Man Review