Isabella Moon

by Laura Benedict

Gallowstree Press

March 22, 2012

Available in: e-Book (reprint)

Isabella Moon
by Laura Benedict

Idyllic Carystown, Kentucky seems to be the perfect place for Kate Russell to hide from a vindictive, abusive husband. She has a good job, a new best friend, and a new man. For two years she’s cautiously happy, until the ghost of Isabella Moon, a nine-year-old girl who’s been missing since Kate came to town, begins to haunt her. No one wants justice for the missing child more than Sheriff Bill Delaney, who considers Isabella’s unsolved disappearance one of his greatest failures. Now, Kate comes to him to say she knows where Isabella’s body is buried, but he doesn’t trust her. He senses her secrets, and when he links her to the murder of one of the town’s most beloved women, he’s certain she’s real trouble. But Kate isn’t the only one with secrets. The good people of Carystown have plenty to hide, and in the middle of it all is Isabella Moon. From the Author

Dear Reader,
I hope you’ll like ISABELLA MOON. I think you’ll find that it satisfies a number of reading categories. It’s a mystery with a supernatural soul. It’s a thriller that sneaks into horror territory. It has a little sex, romance, and some rock ’n roll. It’s a story that strains—for me, anyway—beyond its end pages. Fair warning: it’s not for the faint of heart. This is not your grandma’s cozy mystery. (Though I do love a good cozy, too!) If you like your fiction a tad on the gritty, open-minded side, then this book’s for you.
Happy Reading! —Laura

Originally published September 2007 in hardcover by Ballantine Books.

Laura Benedict's Bio

Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award- nominated author of seven novels of suspense, including the forthcoming The Stranger Inside (February 2019). Small Town Trouble, her latest book, is a cozy crime novel. Her Bliss House gothic trilogy includes The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte's Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and in numerous anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, and St. Louis Noir. A native of Cincinnati, she lives in Southern Illinois with her family. Visit her at to read her blog and sign up for her quarterly newsletter.