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Graveyard Blues (Night Blues Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Reina Salt , Kate Da'Casto
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hettie Reed has been left for dead in a shallow grave by a serial-killing monster that hides behind a charming smile. The encounter left her changed...and with a terrible hunger to satisfy.

She meets Henry Payton, an elderly retired homicide detective, that is intimately familiar with the manner of her death. He has lived too long between the long night of his own depression and his failure to save the women that haunt him.

They are soon in over their heads when they discover that the nature of Hettie's death has brought them to the attention of a larger, darker power. Redemption, vengeance, love, and sacrifice collide in this haunting tale of urban fantasy, horror and folklore.

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About the Author

Reina Salt is a writer, monster sympathizer and passionate blues aficionado native to the Seattle, Washington area. She is the author of "Graveyard Blues", the first book in the urban fantasy/horror series "Night Blues" and is currently hard at work on the second book. She divides her time between rural western Washington and beautiful southern England.

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  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477514716
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LWN08O
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, dark, gruesome, awesome! March 20, 2012
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Loved it! From page 1, I was sucked in and couldn't put it down.

I won't lie. It's pretty gruesome. To the point that at times, I found myself cringing and shying away from the horrible ordeals Hettie went through. And oh my god, the ghouls - those are nightmare inducing. Such beautiful prose along side such terrifying events weave together to paint a tapestry of pain, death, love, companionship, revenge and redemption. You know you've read a great book when you can't stop thinking about the characters, and when injustices against said characters get under your skin.

This story is up there in both quality and terror with Joe Hill and Stephen King. And if you happen to know the geographic area the story is set in, and the extensive history of unsolved murders and seemingly endless dark forests, it'll get under your skin.

I do hope the author provides us with more to sink our teeth into. If this is her first published work, I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeves!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared the snot out of me! June 22, 2012
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"Graveyard Blues" grabs you from the opening words. I'll be honest, it scared the snot out of me and I had to put it down a couple times.

I enjoyed the point of view changes - Henry is a hilarious and tough old timer while Hettie is more vulnerable as she attempt's to understand the changes that have happened to her.

The verbiage is real, gritty and melds well with the dark themes.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Fantastic! March 22, 2012
By Erin
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I knew I had to wake up early when I bought this book. I did not anticipate being up all night, on pins and needles without being able to put the book down, around 4 a.m. my battery died which was for best because I really do not want this book to end. I hope the author pens this into a series. If I could describe it best, imagine Steven King and Alice Sebold had a love child. That's the style of this book. It's the Hitchhiker meets The Lovely Bones. If you like supernatural thrillers with a little crime and mystery thrown in, you'll be hooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Author Cyanide Suicide March 4, 2013
By Cyanide
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Sadly, I don't have a kindle so I had this book sent to my phone. I read through it in 2 days. It was amazing. The characters were well developed including the dogs Pepper Mama and...the other one.
Whoever said that the vulgarity ruined the book doesn't understand that people who curse alot tend to be more trust worthy (look this up if you don't believe me!) I think it added to the characters. Alot.
The plot was phenomenal. It was very well thought out, well put together and executed with finesse and style. This is one zombie story you really HAVE to read. I sense it following in the ways of George Romero and becoming a cult classic.

I've been waiting patiently for 'Mojo hand blues'

`~ Cyanide Suicide
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful February 27, 2013
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In a genre where the field is littered with hundreds upon hundreds of books about vampires and werewolves, oftentimes repititous to the point of inanity, Reina Salt has written a book about ghouls. Where now there are scores of urban fantasy books centered around Chicago, Tulsa, Atlanta, et al. and in which the city is almost a character itself, Salt has managed to write an engaging urban fantasy where the settings are almost incidental but still vivid.
This is character driven work, with excellent dialogue and likeable protagonists. I will admit that while at times things seem mildly stilted, her pacing is spot-on, the violence is neither overdone nor half-realized, the vulgarity is prolific, and Henry is, hands down, now one of my favorite characters.
For a first work, this is first-rate and I eagerly await the follow-up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and genuinely horrifying November 3, 2012
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I have never read a story like this - the undead and the living teaming up to solve a supernatural crime. It was utterly fantastic! The characters are well-developed (even the two dogs!), and the plot seizes you and takes off at a sprint from the get go. It has been a while since a tale's imagery has made it difficult for me to fall asleep, but these monsters were enough to have me starting at shadows and jumping at the slightest noise. The change in point of view from chapter to chapter flows effortlessly, and the author uses this to great effect. This is a tremendous debut, and I am looking forward to future installments.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie Book!!! December 23, 2012
By V
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This is a great debut. I love the way the living and the dead in the book team up. The book is gruesome. With all the zombie movies like Warm Bodies and World War Z coming out...If this were to become a movie I'll definitely go see it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could NOT put it down April 15, 2012
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OMG what a wonderful first effort. Rich characterization, great story line. Humorous, poignant, gritty and sometimes gory. What more could you want? Nothing else got done once I started this book. Seriously, nothing. It's been a loonnngg time since a book has caught me like this one. Rates right up there with (perhaps surpasses) Stephen King's "Carrie" as a premier. I didn't realize it was an "only child" book until I finished it and tried to purchase more - and couldn't. Damn. Can't wait until the next one. Keep up the great work!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very cool book
Published 4 months ago by Ari
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I read this series out of order and finished Mojo Hand Blues first. Nice to have the back story. A very enjoyable and engaging read.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly addictive
I'd never read anything of this genre before, and I honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Grace Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the same old tired zombies
A very original story, unusual in that it is told from the perspective of both the living and the......formerly alive. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Irene
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Cop Story
the jump into the supernatural was a little abrupt, but once I was on board I really enjoyed the story. I wouldn't mind revisiting these characters again.
Published 16 months ago by Boot~C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
This was way better than I expected a free book to be. Well written and kept my attention. Couldn't put down
Published on May 6, 2013 by joemama67
4.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely different tale.
I thoroughly enjoyed this unique story. I was hooked from page one and hopefully I can read more about Henry and his time working and Hettie. Read more
Published on April 19, 2013 by MizNikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting First Novel
I grabbed a copy of Graveyard Blues (Night Blues) based on another author's recommendation, and even though I don't write in the horror genre, or too often read books in this... Read more
Published on March 18, 2013 by E.L. Farris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first try
I understand this is a first novel from this author and I was impressed with it. Her story line was simple but the details and characters were awesome and very creative. Read more
Published on March 14, 2013 by Lori Kajimura
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read!
As a lifelong reader of horror, I've come to expect that most horror will neither actually scare me nor stick with me after I've finished reading it. Read more
Published on February 16, 2013 by Deborah B.
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More About the Author

Reina Salt is a writer, monster sympathizer and passionate blues aficionado native to the Seattle, Washington area. She is the author of the Night Blues series. You can keep up to date with her latest news on facebook.

She currently lives in southern England with her husband, two children, and one feisty pug.


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