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Tamara Siler Jones

Tamara Siler JonesGhosts in the Snow won the 2005 Compton Crook Award.

Dubric Bryerly

Dubric Bryerly — (2004-2006) Publisher: Dubric Bryerly woke to find a ghost next to his bed this morning. It’s the fourteenth this year. Thus begins Dubric Bryerly’s entrance into the most chilling investigation of his long career as the head of security at Faldorrah’s castle keep. Not long after the first body is discovered, savagely disfigured, a second comes to light, also violently mutilated. And over the next few weeks, another, and another, and another. Each one announced by the arrival of a silent, gruesome ghost that only Dubric can see. Haunted by these silent spectres, and his dark secret, Dubric must use the rudimentary forensics available to him to uncover the identity of a ruthless serial killer living within the very castle walls and bring him to justice before he kills again. But the killer seems to be practically invisible, leaving no sign of himself even as he slips past a guarded post to kill again — and all signs point to the worst of all possible suspects, the king’s own grandson. As the pressure mounts, so does the danger… will Dubric manage to find the killer before another girl dies, or before the frightened and frustrated castle inhabitants rise up against the very man sworn to protect them?

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Ghosts in the Snow: CSI set in the Dark Ages

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Ghosts in the Snow by Tamara Siler Jones

The police procedural isn’t just for the mystery genre any more. Frequently, fantasy writers are combining mysteries with magic in order to produce hybrids that provide all the fun of both genres in a single novel. Tamara Siler Jones accomplishes this feat in her first DUBRIC BRYERLY novel, Ghosts in the Snow.

Bryerly is the head of security at Castle Faldorrah in a world that does not appear to be our own, though the milieu is vaguely medieval. He is confronted with a series of murders that are particularly grotesque, for the killer takes the kidneys from each victim and, apparently, eats them. I thought that perhaps Jones was going to give us Jack the Ripper in an earlier incarnation, but no: this killer has his own obscene way of butchering his victims, and his own purpose. Bryerly m... Read More