Publication and Reception
Crossroad was published by Crooked Lane Books in December 2019.
In a pre-release review, Kirkus Reviews said, "A richly drawn background contextualizes the mystery’s melancholy, with bursts of humor emerging like sun through clouds." And Publishers Weekly said, "This pulse-pounding tale begs to be read in one sitting."
Though the first book in the Melisende Dulac series, Crossroad is the second story. It is preceded by Hey Nineteen, a short story taking place about eight months earlier. It is followed by the novella, "Waldo's Gold."
The events of Crossroad take place between 11 July 2017 and 18 July 2017, with the Epilogue occurring on 24 July 2017.
On a desolate road in the Oregon high desert, an apprentice mortician stumbles upon a horrific car crash–and into a vortex of treachery, long-buried secrets, and growing menace.
Melisende Dulac is a fish out of water after relocating from the East Coast to a small community in the Oregon high desert. But just as she’s beginning to think of Barlow County as home, her life takes an ominous turn when she comes upon a grisly multiple car wreck and three shattered bodies on an isolated road outside of town. Near the scene, Melisende trips over a fourth body, that of a newborn girl lying a physics-defying distance from the wreckage. There is no one to claim the infant, nor a clear indication she was even part of the accident.
The crash offers plenty of opportunities for an apprentice mortician–but when the victims’ bodies are stolen from her family’s mortuary, Melisende is branded suspect number one. Then, Portland lawyer Kendrick Pride arrives on the scene on behalf of one of the victim’s families–or so he says–and Melisende begins to see that there’s much more to this enigmatic figure than meets the eye.
As the shadows gather and the mystery deepens, Melisende must race to find the truth–or be swallowed by the darkness.
- Melisende Dulac
- Rémy Bouton
- Elodie Bouton
- Barb Ellingson
- Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Chapman
- Kendrick Pride
- Paulette Soucie
- Landry MacElroy
- Sheriff Hayward Turnbull
- Chief Deputy Omar Duniway
- Quince Kinsrow
- Doctor Aaron Varney