Murder at Malenfer

Those in line to the Malenfer estate are succumbing to terrible ends – is a supernatural legacy at work, or something entirely more human?

Murder at Malenfer is a classic Gothic mystery, published by Wayzgoose Press, available in paperback and ebook. (Note: Previously published as The Curse of Malenfer Manor.)

Young Irish mercenary Dermot Ward retreats to Paris at the close of World War I where he drinks to forget his experiences, especially the death of his comrade, Arthur Malenfer. But Arthur has not forgotten Dermot. Dead but not departed, Arthur has unfinished business and needs the help of the living. Upon his arrival at Malenfer Manor, Dermot finds himself embroiled in a mystery of murder, succession, and ambition.

Dermot falls in love with the youngest Malenfer, the beautiful fey Simonne, but in his way are Simonne’s mismatched fiancé, her own connections to the spirit world, Dermot’s guilt over the circumstances of Arthur’s death… and a curse.

The reviewers say …

“It was more than just the average “ghost story” or paranormal book. This is a complex tale that weaves together the past and the (then) present. …  I was thoroughly impressed that the author managed to tell such a complicated story while making everything make sense to the reader and never faltering with plot holes. … The atmosphere of this novel borders on Gothic and has a certain dark quality that fit perfectly with the story.”               — Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

“Finally, an author that can write Gothic mystery like it should be written. All the rules of Gothic mystery were adhered to. There is the old manor house, dark family secrets and relationships, a young women in danger, and a ghost story, plus a murder mystery and romance!!!” — Goodreads reviewer

“McChesney is excellent at painting a picture with words. His characters are lively and vivid and at times even villainous. While this book does have paranormal activity it isn’t weighed down with superfluous fluff that makes it seem unrealistic.” — Amazon reviewer

“In the acknowledgment, McChesney alludes to his writing process: he put everything aside and spent a year writing this book. It shows: the research is credible, the characters are realistic, the writing (though there were a few spots I found to be a bit overwrought) is solid. Once I started, I sped through this book; not because I was skipping pages and skimming, but because I couldn’t put it down.” — Goodreads reviewer

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