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A Concerto for the Dead and Dying

(2018)
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It is the worst of times, a time of trauma, turmoil and upheaval. Between 1914 and 1918 the countries of Europe are waging ferocious battle against each other and themselves.

Elizabetta, estranged wife of Count Dracula has set up house in Poperinge, Belgium, close to the Western Front. To all intents and purposes, she is simply one more sad and lonely woman of indeterminate age, missing her husband, and rarely venturing out. But appearances can be deceptive ...

Francis is a young British soldier, a talented musician, who gave up his place at the Royal College of Music in London, in order to volunteer for active service at the behest of his country. His expectation is merely this: if he survives the war, he will return home and marry his childhood sweetheart, complete his studies, and teach children to play the piano.

While on a 48-hour pass, Francis's life changes forever. He stumbles across a murder, and whilst pursuing the culprit runs into the path of Elizabetta. The attraction between them is instant and mutually passionate, but potentially short-lived when an ill-wisher spreads bad tidings and links Francis to one of Elizabetta's oldest enemies ...

Can Elizabetta put aside her natural suspicion of mortals and find a lasting and companionable love with Francis? Or is the love affair doomed to be another casualty of a grim, unrelenting war?

Praise for A Concerto for the Dead and Dying from the Mrs Dracula anthology:

'This is a new to me author and one I want to read more of in the future. This author has an incredible grasp of detail that plays well into the reader's imagination. Elizabetta was one of my favourite characters in this anthology and that she placed her in a war time setting was entirely unique.' Rebecca L Rogers

'The wartime setting - and how Elizabetta took advantage of it - was especially interesting. I found her relationship with Francis endearing, but that only made the ending even more heartbreaking.' Becky Stephens, Editor and Reviewer.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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January 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Concerto for the Dead and Dying: An Elizabetta Dracula Short Story
Author(s): Jeannie Wycherley
Publisher: Bark at the Moon Books
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