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In 1975 the small town of Hulis was ground zero in a frantic search for 10 year-old Merrie Frances Callahan, as well as an intense manhunt for her abductor.

35 years later, it seems the FBI would like to pretend it never happened.

Special Agent Constance Mandalay didn't get that memo...


IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER is based on the short teaser novella MERRIE AXEMAS: A Killer Holiday Tale, but it tells the whole story of ten-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan's 1975 abduction, and the present day murders that are somehow intricately linked to that event.

SA Constance Mandalay is assigned what appears to be a 7-year-old cold case that echos the events of the 35-year-old child abduction. Unfortunately for all involved, the case heats up for a short time each year with a brutal murder that appears eerily staged, and occurs under impossible circumstances.

Undaunted, she faces the task with no backup, a mysteriously redacted case file, and the inevitable murder fast approaching.

Mandalay's experience as the handler for an FBI occult/paranormal expert makes her the perfect choice for this investigation. However, even her brushes with the unexplained still cannot prepare her for the answer she was not supposed to discover...

Editorial Reviews:

"I am in awe of M.R. Sellars. This is a riveting read..." - A Book Vacation

"IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER is a well written mystery with a paranormal slant. The gruesome murders and child-abuse back story will keep the
attention of any fan of dark fiction." - Horror Fiction Review

"A superbly creepy supernatural thriller that sucks you in from the very first line and doesn't let you go until long after you close the covers...reads like old-school M. Night Shyamalan with a dash of John Connolly police procedural. Good stuff!" - J. T. Ellison, Author of the Taylor Jackson Novels

"I'm always pleased to have a book exceed my expectations; this one exploded them." - Freeman's Reviews

"M. R. Sellars has written an exhilarating supernatural mystery..." - Alternative Worlds

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