Books by Deborah Grabien

Deborah Grabien, author of the new St. Martin's Minotaur "Murder, Music and Ghosts" mystery series, can claim a long personal acquaintance with the fleshpots -- and quiet little towns -- of Europe. She has lived and worked from London to Geneva to Paris t


DARK’S TALE by Deborah Grabien
ADVENTURE
Released: March 23, 2010

An abandoned cat struggles to find her place within the fragile balance of nature in this fine animal fantasy. Dark, dumped by her owners in Golden Gate Park, has a hard time adjusting to the feral life. But when invading coyotes disrupt the intricate relationships among the park's denizens, Dark finds that her life may depend on learning to trust humans again. Grabien, a successful novelist for adults and longtime animal-rescue worker, creates a likable voice for Dark and sketches vivid secondary characters. But this is less a story than a lovingly detailed examination of one small ecosystem, along with a heartfelt sermon against human obliviousness to our fellow creatures. The descriptions of the park, its wildlife and Dark's mystical encounters are breathtakingly beautiful, fierce and evocative—but many plot elements are also puzzling and inconsistent, and the driving conflict with the coyotes never reaches a resolution. Still, the graceful prose, deft blending of realism with fantasy and irresistible feline protagonist make this a natural fit for fans of Erin Hunter's Warriors books and similar tales. (Animal fantasy. 10 & up)Read full book review >
ROCK & ROLL NEVER FORGETS by Deborah Grabien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2008

"The author of the Haunted Ballad series (New-Slain Knight, 2007, etc.) comes up with something worlds apart but equally pleasing: a deft mystery nicely integrated with a fascinating backstage look at a rock star's life."
An aging rock star and his live-in lady become involved in a murder. Read full book review >
NEW SLAIN KNIGHT by Deborah Grabien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

"Even those who don't believe in ghosts will enjoy this illuminating window into the past, complete with musical and historical tidbits."
A summer holiday in glorious Cornwall turns into a ghost-plagued nightmare. Read full book review >
CRUEL SISTER by Deborah Grabien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 2006

"Worth reading if only for the fine glimpse of the Bodleian's vaulted ceiling. And it just might make you spare a kind thought for poor Anne of Cleves."
A modern-day design researcher is haunted by a tortured troubadour and a whimpering lassie. Read full book review >
MATTY GROVES by Deborah Grabien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Penny and Ringan may be the most appealing couple of modern mystery, and Grabien again provides terrific historical tidbits."
Historical ghosts threaten to disrupt a prestigious arts festival. Read full book review >
THE FAMOUS FLOWER OF SERVING MEN by Deborah Grabien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 17, 2004

"Welcome darker undertones expand the range of the debut's refreshingly offbeat sleuthing, more focused this time on unraveling an academic puzzle than exposing a killer."
A mournful French ghost haunts a London theater. Read full book review >
THE WEAVER AND THE FACTORY MAID by Deborah Grabien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 8, 2003

"Although unthreatening ghosts produce low-voltage thrills, pastoral warmth and sunny prose from Grabien (Plainsong, 2000, etc.) entertain."
Nineteenth-century ghosts whose story is enshrined in a folk ballad haunt a British country cottage. Read full book review >