Author Jim Musgrave Deftly Guides The Pat O’Malley Mysteries From Historical Into Steampunk

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Musgrave grabs thousands of new fans by sailing smoothly into the supernatural realms of the steampunk genre.

Disappearance At Mount Sinai

Musgrave’s gift to the reader... is that exceptional moment when without realizing it the world drops away and we disappear into the story.

Patrick O’Malley, the fascinating detective who seems to have to have solved the mysteriously peculiar circumstances in the death of his old friend Edgar Allan Poe, is giving his quickly growing fanbase a more exotic turn of events.

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."

Musgrave’s gift to the reader is still much more. It is that exceptional moment when without realizing it our admiration of his style, delight in the nimble weaving in of actual history, and fascination in the living, breathing characters simply drops away as we disappear into the story, dusting off our shoes and hurrying to keep up with everyone.

Disappearance At Mount Sinai, the second O’Malley adventure, weaves kidnapping, anti-Semitism, and the Mazikeen - half angel and half human creatures from Jewish folklore.

Jane The Grabber, the third O’Malley Mystery, is Hester Jane Haskins, the infamous malicious brothel owner in late 19th century New York City. Here is where Musgrave grabs thousands of his new fans by deftly guiding us into the supernatural realms of the steampunk genre.

Yes, there is more. 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, in his dramatic Irish voice.

Musgrave’s website is the box Pandora wishes she had opened, and you can discover why for yourselves.

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. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and online at

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