Death On Crimson Sails
Winter's coming, the cemetery's filling up, and there are no more coffins in town. These are a few of the dilemmas facing Lucy Hathorne and her friends, Pyrtle, Cassie, and Velda, in the Gothic Young Adult novel, Death on Crimson Sails. The teens meet each Sunday afternoon to quilt and gossip. Their idyllic existence comes to an abrupt end when Lucy's cousin, the charming and mysterious eighteen-year-old Sebastian Hathorne, returns to their village after a long absence. Sebastian's dramatic entrance on a red-sailed schooner during a blustery gale portends to the hair-raising events of the future. It also propels a dark triangle between Lucy, Sebastian and Kimball, the boy that Lucy loves. Nothing in their young lives has prepared the girls or those who love them, for the terrors ahead.
Death on Crimson Sails is a Victorian-era potboiler set in 1880's New England. The novel is replete with elements of Gothic romance, magical realism, and psychological horror. The characters are vibrant and ethnically diverse, giving young readers a look at multi-cultural New England in the 19th century. The manuscript also gives a brief glimpse of the Spunker's Club, Harvard's infamous secret anatomical society. At 66,080 words, Death on Crimson Sails is a literate and fast-paced read based on true and fanciful stories gleaned from New England folklore.