Jim Musgrave Introduces Irishman Patrick O'Malley in Mystery Series Set in 1860s America

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Time travel to 1860s New York City with Detective Patrick O’Malley. Author Jim Musgrave gives fans of 19th century murder mysteries a 21st century app.

Disappearance At Mount Sinai

O’Malley is living in the cottage of his old friend Edgar Allan Poe where he finds a page of notes Poe left behind.

There is a new detective in the world of literature, and he’s hitting the mark with mystery lovers, history buffs and SteamPunk aficionados alike right from his first appearance in the novel “Forevermore.”

Irishman and Civil War hero Patrick O’Malley is living in the cottage of his old friend Edgar Allan Poe. When he finds a page of notes left behind by the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven", he makes it his mission to investigate the bizarre circumstances of Poe’s death.

Jim Musgrave refers to the O’Malley series as mini-mysteries, short enough to read anywhere. The inspiration seems to come from Poe himself who said, "If any literary work is too long to be read at one sitting, we must be content to dispense with the immensely important effect derivable from unity of impression—for, if two sittings be required, the affairs of the world interfere, and everything like totality is at once destroyed."

In fact, Musgrave has created an app which he describes as helping the reader keep the 1860s in their pocket. Sounds rather like writer of haunting poetry and tales of terror, Poe himself, who also had interests in scientific developments of his time. "Forevermore" is now a great audiobook read by Shandon Loring.

"Disappearance At Mount Sinai," the second O’Malley offering, the wealthiest inventor in America has been kidnapped leading O’Malley and his cohorts to Tennessee where they must infiltrate racist, anti-Semitic groups to find and rescue him. At the crux of this case are a Jewish father and his eight-year-old son, Seth. They have developed a unique bond that relies on Jewish folklore and a belief that they are descendents of the mazikeen, beings that were half-angel and half-human, born from the loins of Adam's strange female cohorts during the 130 years he was banished from the Garden.

Hester Jane Haskins, or Jane The Grabber as she was known when she ran a brothel in late 19th century New York City, is at the heart of the third O’Malley mystery in all of her bawdy, corrupt, carnal pleasure hustling glory.

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Jim Musgrave was a semi-finalist the Black Lawrence Press 2012 Chapbook Awards and a Bram Stoker Award Finalist. He has also published three novels and two collections of short stories at CIC Publications.

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