Synopsis: Johnny’s legendary socialite Aunt Alice mysteriously died while reading the Egyptian Book of the Dead when he and Percy were ten. They have been kept in the dark about that night ever since. Twenty years later, they are reunited, along with family and guests, for a weekend house party at Rhinebeck, the sumptuous estate once owned by Alice. But Rhinebeck holds more than just childhood memories. From the family butler, they learn that Alice’s story is far darker than anticipated, and will impact all their lives, particularly Percy’s, before the weekend concludes. All who attend are ensnared in a surprising web of mystery, Egyptian occultism, sumptuous elegance, and intrigue, where family members, guests, and even the servants have their own agendas, and nothing is what it seems.
Critique: A deftly crafted and simply riveting gothic mystery by a master of the genre, Ivan Obolensky’s “Eye of the Moon” is especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that “Eye of the Moon” is also available in a paperback edition (9781947780026, $16.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).