In the Graveyard Antemortem

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Seventeen-year-old Lisa Jacobs is determined to solve her father’s gruesome murder. But before she can investigate in her own small town, she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Clayton, the owner of Grand Hallow—a massive funeral and mortuary operation the size of a small city.

Her move to Grand Hallow only deepens the mystery as she begins to suspect the strange and chilling occurrences there are linked to her father’s death.

With the help of her acid-tongued best friend and deadbeat brother, Lisa must unravel the secrets of Grand Hallow—before it’s too late.


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In the Graveyard Antemortem is my homage to the 80s horror films I loved watching as a teen — but in book form. I didn’t set out to write a mystery. I just wanted to take this story and its characters that had been in my head forever and write a novel that had a fun and scary tone — with lots of suspense and moments of horror. Yet as I was writing and the story further developed, I realized I had to embrace the mystery element to do it justice. So it kind of turned a bit into Nancy Drew — with gore. I wrote In the Graveyard Antemortem as a gift to my 17-year-old self. I wrote it for those who love mystery, suspense, and horror. And I wrote it for the teens of the 80s.




“An engaging, creepy mystery that’s packed with emotion and heart. A fun novel with just the right amount of darkness. Anyone still in touch with their inner teenager will enjoy trying to unravel this mystery along with the protagonist, whose adolescence is so brilliantly captured.” – SCREAM Magazine  Read full review

“An astonishing achievement. A masterfully conceived mystery. A wonderful book of relentless pacing and intrigue. There are moments of the purest horror that made me wince with their brutality and unflinching awfulness – but it’s the drive of the mystery that powers this book along. I barely looked up until I’d devoured every word.” –  Read full review

“A super-fun mix of murder-mystery, ghost story, creepy family drama and gory hack-fest. If you are looking for a YA book that contains an absorbing mystery, a good dose of atmospheric suspense, some twists that you won’t see coming (and will probably make you go ‘Ew,’ when you get to them), and a solid helping of supernatural tumult, then I would highly recommend giving ‘In the Graveyard Antemortem’ a crack.” – The Bookshelf Gargoyle  Read full review

“Full of mystery throughout. A supernatural adventure tale, heavy on atmosphere and intrigue, with a strong teen female protagonist.” –  Read full review

“A very entertaining read, which had me hooked from the very beginning. Gothic. Creepy. Weird. Intriguing characters and a plot that channeled my inner Buffy with plenty of action and neat concluding twist. A nice creepy ride.” – The Horror Hothouse  Read full review


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