Series: Mundy’s Landing #3 (Stand Alone)
Published by: William Morrow Mass Market
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062349775 (ISBN13: 9780062349774)
In Mundy’s Landing, bygone bloodshed has become a big business. During the rigorous winter of 1666, all but five colonists in the small Hudson Valley settlement died of starvation. Accused of unimaginable crimes, James and Elizabeth Mundy and their three children survived, but the couple were later accused of murder and executed. Left to fend for themselves in a hostile community, their offspring lived out exemplary lives in a town that would bear the family name. They never reveal the secret that died with their parents on the gallows… or did they?
“We Shall Never Tell.” Spurred by the cryptic phrase in a centuries-old letter, Emerson Mundy has flown cross-country to her ancestral hometown in hopes of tracing her ancestral past—and perhaps building a future. In Mundy’s Landing, she discovers long lost relatives, a welcoming ancestral home… and a closet full of skeletons.
A year has passed since former NYPD Detective Sullivan Leary solved the historic Sleeping Beauty Murders, apprehended a copycat killer, and made a fresh start in the Hudson Valley. Banking on an uneventful future in a village that’s seen more than its share of bloodshed, Sully is in for an unpleasant surprise when a historic skull reveals a notorious truth. Now she’s on the trail of a murky predator determined to destroy the Mundy family tree, branch by branch.
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What books from your childhood reading would you like to bring back? Why?
I love this question, because I launched my career with a young adult novel called SUMMER LIGHTNING.
That was twenty-five years and almost ninety novels ago, and nothing thrills me more than to meet a grown-up reader who brings her own children to one of my events, and tells me how much she loved my books when she was a little girl.
I’ve long-since moved away from writing children’s books, now best known for my psychological suspense novels—the lastest, BONE WHITE, is out this month from HarperCollins. But I am constantly “bringing back” (Um, we’re talking about book hoarding, right? Oh, good!) childhood favorites, even now that I’m no longer actively sharing them with my own two sons, now both in college. Whenever I stumble across a beloved title at a flea market or our library’s annual book sale, I can’t seem to resist snatching it up even if it’s tattered, overpriced, and I already own a dog-eared copy—or two, or five– of the original. Many of those books are wildly popular today, or at least fairly well known, and remain in print.
The Little House books, Nancy Drew, All of a Kind Family, Little Women, and Judy Blume’s books, for example, line bookstore shelves to this day. But here are a few of more obscure beloved titles, some of which I’ve spent years hunting down like one of my own fictional detectives determined to solve a whodunit:
THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER by Ellen Emerson White
I discovered this book during my college years, while working in an indy bookstore. It was about what happens to a teenaged girl after her mom becomes the first female president of the United States, and she has to give up her comfy life in Boston and move to the White House. I recommended this to countless young readers, and loved it so much that even though I was well beyond the age of its intended audience, I went on to read the sequels WHITE HOUSE AUTUMN and LONG LIVE THE QUEEN and LONG MAY SHE REIGN. Imagine my thrill when this past November, I “met” the talented author herself via some post-election social media bonding!
MEG AND THE MYSTERY IN WILLIAMSBURG by Holly Beth Walker (a ghostwritten pseudonym)
Yes, another Meg—this one, Meg Duncan, the heroine of this abbreviated (alas, only six titles) series about a girl detective. Williamsburg was by far my favorite title, as it combined two of my favorite subjects, mystery and history, with a well-drawn and familiar setting—I’d visited Colonial Williamsburg with my family when I first read it, and have many times since.
HANGIN’ OUT WITH CICI by Francine Pascal
Long before she became famous for her Sweet Valley High series—in fact, long before I ghost- wrote one of them back in the ‘90s as a newly established author!—Francine Pascal published this witty gem of a novel about Victoria, a spirited and all, right, kind of wise-ass New York City teenager, who goes back in time to the World War II years after having a fight with her uptight mom. There, she meets Cici, a kindred spirit who—you guessed it—she later realizes is her mom as the laid-back teen she once was.
THE WINDS OF MARCH by Lenora Mattingly Weber
The author is perhaps more widely recognized for her endearing Beany Malone series, launched in 1943. I read and reread those library books, longing for the few missing titles unavailable even through yesteryear’s inter-library loan. In adulthood, I finally gleefully bought the series in its entirety, re-issued by Image Cascade, along with Weber’s spin-off series about Katie Rose Belford and her family. Also set in Denver, with the Malones as peripheral characters, these books had a slight edge that I appreciated. The Winds of March is my favorite of the Belford books, set against the dreary landscape of springtime that doesn’t feel like spring, and a restless longing to which I could—and can still—relate.
THE HALF SISTERS by Natalie Savage Carlson
This latest title in my vintage collection, along with its sequel Luvvy and the Girls, represents a triumphant ending for me as a literary detective. For years, I had been flashing back to these books, which I borrowed from the library back in the mid-seventies. I still remember my stunned reaction to a plot development in the first book, and it haunted me in fleeting glimpses over the years. I remembered what had happened, and I remembered that the heroine’s name was Luvvy (though not the spelling) and she had a sister named Maudie, and the books were set in the late 1800s or early 1900s. That was it. It drove me crazy. I searched online for years using just that info, altering the spelling of both Luvvy and Maudie, and came up with nothing. And then one day not long ago, there it was! Her name was Luvvy, not Lovie or Lovey or Luvey! I ordered the books from a vintage dealer, and they arrived last week to complete my collection…for now!
New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels. Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.
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