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Graveyard Blues (Night Blues) [Kindle Edition]

Reina Salt , Kate Da'Casto
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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.

Product Details

  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 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 5 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 11 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting First Novel March 18, 2013
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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 genre, I was riveted from the very first page. It is not often that another writer induces a bit of despair by inward comparison, but Reina Salt's rich details and great dialogue did get me wondering how she crafted such an amazing debut novel. And as a fellow author, her complex characterizations encourage me to delve deeper into the minds and hearts of my own characters.

What did I like best about Night Blues? That's hard to say actually. There were several descriptive passages that were so beautiful, so finely-crafted, that I reread them several times, and even read them aloud to a couple of friends. For example, in the beginning of this fast-moving novel, Salt describes the town Henry lives in, and in a couple of clean, crisp paragraphs, she's able to evoke the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and paint a picture that places the reader in there with Henry.

But that's not what I liked best. What I took away with me was Henry. Salt manages to paint this older man with a combination of crass humor, heroism, honor, and pathos without overdoing any of these elements. Rare is it indeed that a writer can create an opposite sex character who rings with such clarion-clear beauty. Her ability to get into Henry's mind alone would make me an enthusiastic supporter. This combined with an ability to craft a vivid portrait of time and place make Salt a talent to be reckoned with. I eagerly await more of her work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read! February 16, 2013
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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. It's exhilarating to find a horror novel that engages me from its first pages and only gets better as it goes. Graveyard Blues is such a novel.

Hettie and Henry, the book's protagonists, are some of the most memorable characters I've encountered not just in horror but in fiction. They're very real, very funny characters with whom I'd be happy to travel even if the story itself weren't so engaging. But let's be clear: the story is compelling.

When its protagonists came up against obstacles at every turn, I found myself holding my breath and hoping all would turn out well for them . . . even if, as the story progressed, that seemed an increasingly unlikely outcome.

The end more than satisfied. Best of all, it's not so much an end as a resting point. I normally prefer standalone books, but THIS is a series to which I'll happily return.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By MsE0
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I had the pleasure of editing this book--I say pleasure because it was all joy didn't feel like work. After reading six drafts, I still enjoyed every second. It's fast-paced, vivid, and thrilling. The author creates beautifully 3D characters, and she has a special talent for sharp wit. The creatures within will haunt you long after you put this book down. I can't wait for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Cop Story January 5, 2014
By Boot~C
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! May 6, 2013
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This was way better than I expected a free book to be. Well written and kept my attention. Couldn't put down
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 12 months ago by MizNikki {Horror After Dark}
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 13 months ago by Lori Kajimura
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Author Cyanide Suicide
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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cyanide
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
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... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jonathan R. Daniels
1.0 out of 5 stars C trop pourris tout ca
Ces livres que je lis et bah.... c‘est vraiment de la grosse daubitube !!!!!
Aucune étoile a ce livre complètement pourrave !!!!
Published 15 months ago by pierre jean a nguyen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I'm half way through this book and I have no plans to finish it as of today. The author is a very descriptive writer, but I can't get past Hettie having a second set of teeth, and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by sarahe26
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie Book!!!
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... Read more
Published 16 months ago by V
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut.
By way of background, let me say that horror is not a literary genre I would typically choose for something to read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brian C
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and genuinely horrifying
I have never read a story like this - the undead and the living teaming up to solve a supernatural crime. It was utterly fantastic! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Frankie Pancakes
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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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