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Billie Sue Mosiman
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Book Description

25,000 words, DRM free. A new novella of dark suspense by Edgar Nominated author, Billie Sue Mosiman.

It's 1984 and Bill Turk is building a mansion on the Gulf bay to rival all mansions. It will have twelve bedrooms and twelve bathrooms. It will have marble and wrought iron, a 40-foot pool, a Jacuzzi, a ballroom, and a garden maze.

They're going to call it Mourning Mansion when he's done bringing his darkness to bear inside the brick walls. Parties will be thrown, drugs will be free and booze will flow. Bill's boys will have a wonderful time--all the way to the end.

Jack DeShane is a veteran cop who has seen it all, but Mourning Mansion is some new hell he needs to investigate. Boys are missing. Bill Turk is an ex-con with more money than God. And Turk has put iron bars on all the verandahs and windows. Jack needs to find out why.

Open the door...the marble floors await you...the darkness and the courage to fight it all reside here inside Mourning Mansion.
Loosely based on true crimes that occurred along the Gulf Coast, MOURNING MANSION contains graphic violence, language, and references to sexual acts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478328371
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DM Publishing (July 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PF5LSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story Of Desperation And Depravity. July 30, 2012
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. I've never read a story by Billie Sue Mosiman that I didn't like. (Heck, Love actually). She has the most inventive mind for the strange. And a wonderful sense of character development.

To me, characters make any story. Sure you have to have a plot. But, the action doesn't mean a thing if you don't care about the people in the story. Billie Sue knows how to make each and every one of the characters she creates LIVE in your imagination.

"Mourning Mansion" is an excellent story of quiet Desperation on the parts of both the good guy and the bad boys. I was blown away by the realism and detail. But it always comes back to the characters. I have known theses street kids, and since my brother and father were both in law enforcement, I also identify with the law in the character of Jack DeShane. I first met Jack in Billie Sue's excellent novel "Wireman". I thought that Wireman was the most intricate and real book I had ever read till I read this.

If you like Dean Koontz and Stephen King, with a little old fashioned murder mystery mixed in, Go get this story. You will love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Story, July 29, 2012
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When I first read Mourning Mansion, I thought, wow, Billie has done it again. Another brilliant tale told in her straight forward and entertaining manner and then I realized it was based on a true crime. This is a brutal story. Make no mistake. It involves unspeakable crimes and horrific actions. And it will haunt you.

I know all too well these crimes happen. But Billie has brought it home......Excellent Story. But be warned, it is not for the faint of heart, or soul
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another home run from Mosiman August 12, 2012
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Mourning Mansion is a gritty story, and maybe some people would find it too much. But, as always when reading Billie Sue Mosiman, I got so caught up in the story, so convinced by Mosiman's realistic and in-depth development of her characters, that I WANT to see the gritty side of life. I want to know all about these people, from the runaway boys slinking along the edges of the night and selling their bodies, to the broken-hearted Jack DeShane, a cop who can't look the other way. Ever.

It's hard to pick a moment of this story, or even a character that particularly made me enjoy Mourning Mansion. It's a pure joy from start to finish, and I loved finding out what happened to Jack DeShane after Wireman, Mosiman's wonderful novel about a serial killer and the cops who hunt him.

All in all, Mourning Mansion is a sad tale, set in motion by a sick pedophile who builds himself a mansion where he can take advantage of the boys from the streets. He draws them to the house with drugs and food and fun and they pay with their young bodies. It's a very good metaphor for all the evil possibilities behind wealth. Not all rich people are evil, of course, but money can provide the evil with the means to their wicked ends. As the evil spirals on and on, it of course flies out of control, creating a house filled with such horrors, such evil, that Jack DeShane's intervention is the only solution.

Mosiman never disappoints. Her writing is tight, her words are perfectly placed and her stories are enthralling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Dark Read March 1, 2013
By Whitney
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This short story was very intriguing. The author did a wonderful job describing the dark, twisted things that occurred within the mansion. I wouldn't mind reading more stories from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story July 22, 2013
By bama
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I picked this book up last night because I couldn't sleep. Well, that was a mistake. I couldn't put it down until I read the last page. If you like true horror and a look into the darker side of life, you will love this. Warning...not a dull read so don't begin if you don't want to stay awake for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mourning Mansion by Billie Sue Mosiman April 12, 2013
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I have to admit I am a fan of Ms. Mosiman's particular brand of horror, thriller and macabre novels so I always look forward to a new one or finding one I haven't read. I find her writing tight, well paced, which keeps me coming back for more.

In "Mourning Mansion" the protagonist decides to build an edifice to his wealth and talent along the gulf coast. So enamored is he of his own self-worth he builds a home fit for a minor royal. Huge, elegant and stately, at least in his own mind, he builds it with no lack of attention to detail and in absolute perfection. His party house now complete he adds bars to all the windows and a safe room. Assured of his privacy he can now go about his life in the manner to which his newly acquired wealth has allowed him to become accustomed.

But bars to keep people out can also be a prison those within as he and his young companion are about to discover. As he slips further into his own madness how many will take the downward spiral with him?

Another winner for Ms. Mosiman as she takes us on a journey into madness, murder and mayhem.

Karen Bryant Doering
Parents' Little Black Book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad Story! December 16, 2012
By Liz
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I downloaded this one for free and expected it to be a paranormal suspense type book. Well, it wasn't. At least not to my standards but something about this story gripped and held my attention until the end. It was a sad story, unfortunately to much sickness like the one described in this book exists in real life. The author did a great job with the characters and the story line.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack's Back!
This novella is a sequel of sorts to Wireman. We meet up with Jack DeShane in the twilight of his career as a cop. This story is part crime suspense and part Texas gothic. Read more
Published 16 months ago by that_weird_girl
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written "true crime"
Filled with cliches. Poorly wriitten. More like a summary of a story than a novella. Author has note at end that says this is based on a true crime but won't reveal which. Too bad. Read more
Published 19 months ago by LovesToReadBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Thoroughly Provocative
This story is creepy, heartfelt, horrific, and thoughtful all in one short novelette. I've read Mosiman's work in the past and enjoyed it, but I must say this story sets the bar... Read more
Published on November 18, 2012 by Lisa Lane
2.0 out of 5 stars glad I got it free
I gave this 2 stars instead of one only because there was something compelling enough to make me keep reading, but I couldn't tell you what it was. Read more
Published on November 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love stuff like this
Ms. Mosiman has done it yet again, writing another book I couldn't put down until it was finished. This story is based on a true crime and yet has been fictionalized in such a way... Read more
Published on November 8, 2012 by Kat Yares
4.0 out of 5 stars Mouring Mansion
It didn't keep me on the edge of me seat, but I did enjoy this book. Just enough was left to the imagination. I am always amazed at how horrible (and stupid) people can be.
Published on October 26, 2012 by Clara
1.0 out of 5 stars What story did I read?? This is not a good story!
This was a very short horror novella about Bill Turk, a millionaire psycho, who builds a mansion along the Gulf of Mexico. Read more
Published on October 18, 2012 by Regina Niesen
5.0 out of 5 stars This will haunt me forever
I could have given this book fewer stars because I found it terrible - terrible in it genius... and because it's going to give me nightmares for a long time. Read more
Published on October 17, 2012 by Natalie Guillaumier-owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and Thrilling
Another great and fascinating read by Billie Sue Mosiman. This book not only lets you see what is going on inside the mansion walls but leads you through the pain, fear and hurt of... Read more
Published on September 23, 2012 by Jenn
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More About the Author

Author of more than 60 books on Amazon, I am a thriller, suspense, and horror novelist, a short fiction writer, and a lover of words. In a diary when I was thirteen years old I wrote, "I want to grow up to be a writer." It seems that was always my course. My books have been published since 1984 and two of them received an Edgar Award Nomination for best novel and a Bram Stoker Award Nomination for most superior novel. I have been a regular contributor to a myriad of anthologies and magazines, with more than 160 short stories published. My work has been in such diverse publications as Horror Show Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. I taught writing for Writer's Digest and for AOL online, and gave writing workshops locally in Texas. I was an assistant editor at a Houston literary magazine and co-edited several trade paperback anthologies with Martin Greenberg. My latest work in paperback and Kindle digital is SINISTER-Tales of Dread, a compilation of fourteen new short stories all written in 2013. In December 2014 SINISTER-Tales of Dread 2014 debuts.

Recently I've sold short stories to JAMAIS VU, the premier magazine, and the anthologies BETTER WEIRD edited by Paul F. Olson from Cemetery Dance, ALLEGORIES OF THE TAROT edited by Annetta Ribken, FRESH FEAR edited by William Cook, WRAPPED IN RED edited by Jennifer Greene, and SOMEONE WICKED and INSIDIOUS ASSASSINS edited by Weldon Burge. My latest suspense novel, THE GREY MATTER, was published by Post Mortem Press in April 2014.

I was born in Alabama and live now in Texas on a small ranch.

My work has been predominately suspense thrillers, with my short fiction being more speculative.

I love to read (especially on my Kindle), watch old movies, take photographs, and travel.

Because of my love of storytelling, I've been fortunate enough to make a lifelong investment in writing stories and novels.

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