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In 1975 the small town of Hulis was ground zero in a frantic search for 10-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan, as well as an intense manhunt for her abductor.

Thirty-five years later, it seems the FBI would like to pretend it never happened.

Special Agent Constance Mandalay didn't get that memo.…

The small town of Hulis is hiding a killer secret.…

In The Bleak Midwinter is based on the short teaser novella Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale, but it tells the whole story of 10-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan's 1975 abduction, and the present-day murders that are somehow intricately linked to that event.

SA Constance Mandalay is assigned what appears to be a seven-year-old cold case that echos the events of the 35-year-old child abduction. Unfortunately for all involved, the case heats up for a short time each year with a brutal murder that appears eerily staged, and occurs under impossible circumstances.

Undaunted, she faces the task with no backup, a mysteriously redacted case file, and the inevitable murder fast approaching.

Mandalay's experience as the handler for an FBI occult/paranormal expert makes her the perfect choice for this investigation. However, even her brushes with the unexplained still cannot prepare her for the answer she was not supposed to discover.…

©2011 M. R. Sellars (P)2014 M. R. Sellars

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  • Brandi Jenkins
  • 26-11-2017

A holiday thriller that's hard to beat

I read the original short story Merry Axemas before taking on the first of the Agent Constance Mandalay series. Having recently gotten into audiobooks as my standby for obtaining my literary fix, and having read the Rowan Gant Investigation series by MR Sellars, I was quite excited to find this particular story available as an audiobook. I was not disappointed. The story was incredibly compelling, thrilling and shocking, as all the best thrillers should be. The narration was well done and allowed me to become engrossed in the story almost as well as reading would have done. I felt the narrator really captured the stream of consciousness of Agent Mandalay, and allowed for the story to really envelop the reader. No spoilers here, but what an amazing read/listen.the attention to detail in the crime scenes, the character development, all lead to an ending that is certain not to disappoint. I look forward to more of the MR Sellars books to make their audio debut.

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  • Sandra Weiner
  • 10-02-2015

Worst Narration Ever

Would you try another book from M. R. Sellars and/or Nicole Greevy?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was a whiny as the child in the book. Every emotion exaggerated - couldn't even finish the book.

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