MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Kyle Alexander Romine’s The Keeper of the Crows returned to 1st. Keith Rommel claimed the rest of the list with his supernatural thriller The Devil Tree 2 in 2nd followed by recently-released crime thriller Southside Sinners in the 3rd. Psycho-thriller The Cursed Man was 4th and crime thriller You Killed My Brother rounded out the list.
|HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
||The Keeper of the Crows
||Kyle Alexander Romines
||The Devil Tree 2
||The Cursed Man
||You Killed My Brother
Romine’s book was supported by author activities. Rommel was helped by recent movie releases and social media outreach.
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The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
The Keeper of the Crows
Kyle Alxeander Romines
50 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
9781620066461, $16.95, PB, 284pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: No evil can remain buried forever, as disgraced journalist Thomas Brooks discovers when a wave of death grips the rural Kentucky town of Gray Hollow in terror. Following a very public humiliation, Thomas is looking for a story to get him back on the map – and free of the small town newspaper where he serves out his exile. The apparent murder of a stranger seems to be just what the opportunistic reporter needs, until he discovers the death is merely the start of something bigger. Also investigating the murder is Sheriff Jezebel Woods, who doesn’t approve of Thomas’ sensationalist intentions. Mounting deaths force the pair to set aside their differences to confront a force that threatens to destroy the entire town.
At the center of the mystery is the disappearance of a boy named Salem Alistair, who designed a series of grotesque scarecrows for his parents’ farm – scarecrows that are turning up at each subsequent crime scene. Thomas begins to doubt his uneasy alliance with the sheriff when he realizes Jezebel has her own secret history with Salem Alistair. Thomas and Jezebel are completely unprepared to face the supernatural force at odds with Gray Hollow. As the killings continue, and the town slowly begins to yield its dark secrets, the truth will pit Thomas and Jezebel on a collision course with true evil.
Critique: A compelling and entertaining read from cover to cover, “The Keeper of the Crows” is a deftly crafted novel that reveals author Kyle Romines as a master of the genre. Very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of mystery buffs that “The Keeper of the Crows” is also available in a Kindle edition ($2.99).