The Mundy's Landing Trilogy by Wendy Corsi Staub
Review: Blue Moon, the second book in Wendy Corsi Staub's Mundy's Landing series, is a chilling story with roots stemming from one hundred years ago when a serial killer murdered three teen-aged girls, dressed each in a white nightgown with a blood stained front. He then placed each one in a different home on a different night beneath a cover folded down on a bed in guest room. They were found in the morning by the horrified homeowners.
It was 1916 in Mundy's Landing, NY. The town called the grisly act the "Sleeping Beauty Murders". The murderer and the girls were never identified. Now on the hundredth anniversary of the "SBM" the town is keying up for its annual "Mundypalooza" celebration where wannabe gumshoes and those bent on solving crimes swamp the city to try to be the first to crack the cold case and identify the killer and his victims. Whoever is able to do it is in for a hefty reward. The residents of Mundy's Landing aren't too thrilled with the blitz of strangers to their community every year. Annabelle Bingham is especially distraught this year because she and her family live in one of the "murder" houses. They bought it just this year as they needed a bigger house and the price was affordable. It also wasn't in the greatest condition. She doesn't need the stress of all of these thrill seekers; she is already under pressure because of constant money flow issues, the on-going do-it-yourself home improvements, and a son with severe anxiety problems. Now with strangers continually coming to her house, staring and wondering around the grounds, she is very upset. On one or two occasions she would spot a person who, to her, really did not appear to be one of the hopeful solvers of the crimes. But there is a killer lurking in the shadows and he is especially interested in her house … and most particularly in her.
This is a very unnerving mystery about a series of unsolved crimes committed a century ago and someone who is trying to recreate them today. The reader is able to look into excerpts from the Sleeping Beauty's Murder's journal written at the time of the killings as well as looking into the "case file" that the modern would-be killer is keeping. Will he be able to faithfully imitate the Sleeping Beauty killer? Two young girls have already been reported as missing and possibly dead. These actions are disturbing and really quite creepy. The characters are well-drawn and approachable, and there are many twists and turns that make it difficult to try to figure out who the killer is. Incredibly suspenseful and very hard to put down once started.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Blue Moon.
Acknowledgment: HarperCollins provided a copy of Blue Moon for this review.
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Harper (Mass Market Paperback), September 2015
ISBN-13: 9780062349736; ISBN-10: 0062349732
Location(s) referenced in Blue Moon: New York State
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Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub — The Mundy's Landing Trilogy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: July 2016
List Price: $7.99
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