In the Sleep of Death” is now available in paperback and eBook format.

In 1886, Lorena is accused of murder. The newspapers call her the Hellfire Witch of St. Louis and a jittery posse intends to bring her to justice.

But she is not the cause of these unexplained murders … is she? Why does she dream about them before they happen? And why does her new husband know her dreams?

As Lorena schemes to evade the hangman’s noose, she must traverse a world of stolen Indian magic and ancient lore to find a weapon once owned by Death himself.

Time is running out, and Death holds a grudge.

Kimberly Van Ginkel
Kimberly Van Ginkel is an internationally-published author living in the Midwest.
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