Please join me today in welcoming Ilona Fridl to my blog. A fellow Rose (Wild Rose Press author), Ilona is here today with her recent release, A SACRIFICIAL MATTER. (An Amos and Sarah Darcy short mystery based on the Dangerous Times series.)
A naked man in a graveyard… Detectives Amos and Sarah Darcy have dealt with quite a few unusual mysteries, but who cut down the naked man in the graveyard with a broadsword at midnight? When Sheriff Sam Lindsey calls on them to help solve the murder, Sarah risks her life to go undercover into a world of spiritualism and crime to find the murderer and the motive.
Amos pored over the book on pagan rites and rituals until he started nodding off. Nat was happily drooling over a hard biscuit in his playpen. Suddenly, something he was reading caught Amos’ eye. It was about the rite of midsummer on the solstice. He checked the calendar on the wall. That was the night of the murder. He had just started reading more of that information when Sarah came back.
“I found something.” He rose and gave her a kiss. “How did you do?”
Sarah picked up Nat, then seated herself in an office chair and started feeding him. She told Amos about Hiram Bates and his invitation to the Institute. “What did you find?”
“This is about the pagan rite of midsummer that takes place on the solstice. There is a ritual that sacrifices the oak god to make way for the holly god that will rule until the winter solstice. It says here that in ancient times, a member was chosen for the actual sacrifice which now has become symbolic.” He snorted. “Symbolic, in a pig’s eye.”
Sarah thought for a moment. “There was an oak wreath near the body.” She paused. “Would that make the whole group guilty of murder, or just the one who struck him down?”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ilona Fridl, is a transplanted Californian who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Mark, and a well-worn computer. This is her first novella. She has six novels with The Wild Rose Press.