in her bloodIn Her Blood – Now Available

January 1, 2015 – Bristol, Virginia

It’s widely believed that we can never truly know another person. But can we even know ourselves?

Alexandra McCormick’s great-grandmother was a brutal serial killer in the early 1900’s. With her mother currently serving time in prison for murdering Alexandra’s stepfather, Alexandra decides to do her college research paper on whether or not the tendency to commit murder or other violent crimes may be passed on genetically.

Her research takes her to Savannah, Georgia, a city built upon its dead. There, she meets Chad Greenway, whose ancestor is Alice Riley, the first woman hanged in the state of Georgia. Alice was hanged for killing her abusive master. As a freelance writer, Chad agrees to help Alexandra with her research provided he can write a story about her quest. Chad introduces Alexandra to David “Dumpster” Jackson, an unconventional psychologist living in a homeless shelter. Dumpster’s mother comes from a long line of Geechee (a form of voodoo) practitioners, and she sees a darkness surrounding Alexandra.

Soon it seems everyone Alexandra meets winds up murdered.

The author has found a home in the world of cozy mysteries. Why did she deviate from that genre to write a psychological thriller?

Says Trent, “My family and I went to Savannah, Georgia on vacation and took a ghost tour. During the tour—as in my psychological thriller, In Her Blood—the tour guide related the story of the “witch” Alice Riley who was hanged in Wright Square. Alice was an indentured servant found guilty of murdering her master, William Wise. Her hanging was delayed because she was pregnant at the time of her sentencing. I wondered what became of her baby. The tour guide didn’t know but thought the child probably died.

A few months prior to our visit to Savannah, I’d been working on a freelance article on the female serial killer Belle Gunness. In researching the article, I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with Ms. Gunness’s great-niece by phone. This woman had been conducting some research of her own for a book she was writing about her notorious ancestor. Struck by the thought of how disconcerting it would be to have a serial killer in one’s family tree, I asked her if she ever worried that Belle had passed along any murderous traits. She mentioned a family member who had a terrible and frightening temper. Naturally, my curiosity on the subject grew.

After taking the ghost tour and wondering what had happened to Alice Riley’s baby, the specter of the baby and the question of whether or not the inclination to murder could be genetic merged and grew into In Her Blood. I simply had to write the book in order to explore my own questions. And I felt there was no way to explore those questions within the boundaries of a cozy mystery.”

Reviews

I am more of a mystery / cozy mystery person than psychological thriller. I have read some psychological thrillers in the past and enjoyed them but they are not my favorite. When the author send out an email asking if anyone would be interested in reading/reviewing the book I quickly jumped on Amazon to read the description. It sounded interesting so I thought why not. I sent an email off and quickly received the book. I thought I would read a chapter or two and then send to my Kindle. Well…I read the whole book on my laptop. In between cooking supper and everything. I did not even kiss my husband good night. I mumbled something and he probably shook his head and walked away. I was that pulled into the book. When starting Alexandra is interested in finding out more about serial killers. She wants to write her thesis and find out if there is a connection to family murders. What she finds is more than she bargains for. If you are looking for a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing them this one will not disappoint. Good luck figuring out the real killer.

Thanks for a great read G.V. Trent

The bunnies and I give this book 4.5 carrots (rounded up to 5 carrots). – Kybunnies

I was hooked simply from the description. In Her Blood is truly a unique thriller that will keep you turning the pages. I read a lot of books and it’s nice to come across something new and excited. I highly recommend this one! – Amy Brantley, A Girl and Her Ebooks

About the Author

G. V. Trent also writes as Amanda Lee and as Gayle Trent. Amanda Lee writes the Embroidery Mystery series for Penguin Group imprint Obsidian. The series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.  Gayle Trent writes the Cake Decorating Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb mystery series. She has a street team called the Cozy Cavalry.

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