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Kelli Stanley's The Curse-Maker is a mystery worth reading

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Kelli Stanley is a prize winning author whose crime novels and short stories are written in the style of noir fiction. Her well-researched novels have a sense of place and authenticity that appeals to readers of historical fiction.

Her newest and fast-paced mystery, The Curse-Maker, is no exception. The Curse-Maker is the sequel to Kelli Stanley's first book, Nox Dormienda, which was published in 2008. Nox Dormienda won several awards, including the 2009 Bruce Alexander Award for Best Historical Mystery.

The Curse-Maker is based on Kelli Stanley's scholarly research on Greco-Roman cursing. The Curse-Maker was inspired by ancient Roman Bath, where Arcturus, a Roman governor's physician, makes the frightful discovery of a murdered curse-writer. While Arcturus tries to solve the mystery, he is deeply troubled by his beloved wife Gwyna, who seems lost and aimless. As the gripping mystery unfolds, the reader is immersed in Classic culture and transported to ancient times.

The Curse-Maker is due out on bookstore shelves February 1, 2011. The Curse-Maker will be available at Los Angeles area Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores. It is currently available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble, Borders, and

Kelli Stanley lives in San Francisco and is also the author of City of Dragons, which is set in San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1940s.


  • Bruno Antony 3 years ago

    Boy, we could sure use some of these Greco-Roman curses today. I'd imagine they would come in handy around election time!