"The May Queen Murders" by Sarah Jude

So The Midnight Society has put together a fun Wednesday thing to do on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Fans of all things spooky get to pull out the weird, the freaky, the frightening and all things scary even though it isn't Halloween.

Who says horror must be contained to one month?! Not I... nor Sarah Jude. Her book, The May Queen Murders - coming this May, is a perfect way to for me to participate. I cannot talk enough about how horrifically good The May Queen Murders is.

Just look at these jpegs... are they getting you in the mood?

If that's not scary ominous to you... how about this synopsis:

Title: The May Queen Murders
Pages: Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

About Sarah Jude:

Sarah Jude lives by the woods and has an owl that lands on her chimney every night. She grew up believing you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a graveyard or a bridge spanning water. Now she writes about cemeteries, murder, and ghostly apparitions. She resides in Missouri with her husband, three children, and three dogs.

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude easily fits into the overlapping worlds of horror, suspense and romance. More freaky than gore, it’s not the usual fright-fest and instead pulls from Ozark lore that builds in tension as the secrets of traditions are unearthed. Satisfyingly spooky, The May Queen Murders pulls readers into a maze of what ifs and whodunit while developing a diverse lot of suspicious characters. An ALAN January pick along with a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, this novel should please fans of multiple genres and ages.

Need to know more about this book? Find out more about Sarah Jude and her inspiration? Check out these blogs for exclusive content, because you know The May Queen Murders is not a story you want to miss out on. 


Lady Reader's Net:

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  1. This book sounds great! Thanks for sharing and joining the Midnight Society blog hop.

    1. Hope you pick it up when it comes out. I think it's going to be amazing. Happy to be a part of the blog hop. Thanks for stopping by!


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