Unlikely Sleuth Investigates Murder in a Women’s Crisis Center

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Author Lois Wells Santalo announces the release of “Night of the Humpbacked Moon”

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In her new mystery novel “Night of the Humpbacked Moon: A Jill Szekely Mystery” (published by iUniverse), Lois Wells Santalo takes readers into a women’s crisis house where an unlikely sleuth unfolds the inscrutable details of a shocking murder.

“Night of the Humpbacked Moon” is an intriguing murder mystery including an unusual array of suspects and clues. Santalo weaves an intricate thriller centering on a women’s crisis house and the people driven to go there. Jill, the new temporary director of the house, is tasked with saving the reputation of the house after the donor and patron of the house is murdered; meanwhile the police, with Jill’s help, work to track down the killer who took the donor’s life. As Jill works to uncover the clues about the murder, she gets an improvised lesson in relating to the clients as a social worker and a sleuth.

An excerpt from “Night of the Humpbacked Moon”:

“My mind plunged into a fever of wondering and blaming. I widened my horizons to include Rex Prothero, who’d taken to acting so peculiar lately that Mar believed he’d suffered brain damage, and to Burn Peterson, who’d hung around the neighborhood so much the neighbors complained. I kept coming back to the teenagers. Jealous Laurie, ruthless toward the bromeliads? Mystery girl Dolores, who’d wangled a job among valuable antiques? Was there some kind of plot behind all this? From the moment I arrived I’d sensed tensions building toward disaster.”

Santalo adds new energy to the mystery genre with “Night of the Humpbacked Moon,” and she hopes the thrilling mystery also introduces readers to some of the issues women in crisis centers face. She says, “Though the book is set in the post-WWII world, the problems are those that young women still confront today.”

About the Author
Lois Wells Santalo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. She has taught composition classes at the University of Arizona, at Ohio University, and for the seniors program at San Diego State University. Santalo is the author of eight novels and a memoir.

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