The Unsealing

An Avenging Angel Detective AgencyTM Mystery

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Love, Lust, and Murder in the Gilded Age …

Buffalo, New York, 1901 … a muscular, young city, Queen of the Lakes … The Electric City … where the money that builds Newport mansions and Park Avenue townhouses is made, plays host to the world’s greatest fair, the Pan-American Exposition and its 8,000,000 guests …

And less than a mile from the great spectacle, a web of love, lust, and intrigue is forming among the young, elite Ashwood Set.  Alicia and Edward Miller may be one of Ashwood’s most envied couples, but as their marriage curdles, simmering and sultry Alicia falls for dashing, young attorney Arthur Pendle, on whose mysterious income he and his longsuffering wife – facing demons of their own – live fast and high …

But life is never fast enough, or high enough, for the Ashwood Set, who plunge headlong into a deadly whirlpool of official corruption, financial deceit, and infidelity which can only end in disaster … while the fate of beautiful, aspiring sleuth Sarah Payne and her Avenging Angel Detective Agency hang precariously in the balance.

Pitting detective against detective, husband against wife, and set against the backdrop of Gilded Age splendor and excess, The Unsealing is a gripping, psychological tale of forbidden pleasures and fathomless pain.

Reviews and Praise for The Unsealing

 

"The Unsealing…bursts with with fascinating detail, character, [and] incident…Brighton deftly captures the champagne ennui of [a] social scene jolted by scandal…brittle chatter and secret longings building to a murder…written with grace and power, capturing the moment that electricity lit up the world…"

- BookLife Reviews

Editor's Pick

"...A skillful storyteller, the author mixes sardonic commentary and well-scripted dialogue.... An addictive page-turner with rich historical details and vivid, flawed characters..."

- Kirkus Reviews

"...exciting, quick-paced, intriguing...with a fantastic atmosphere and strong characters, this is a sensational story that fans of thrillers and well-drawn mysteries will surely enjoy...The Unsealing is a thrilling story that will keep you turning one page after the other from start to finish..." 5/5

- Literary Titan

★★★★★

“…Robert Brighton has written a story that catches the reader’s attention from the opening overture to the last page of the book…intrigue, murder, romance, love lost, ill-gotten gains, blackmail, greed, and guilt…Brighton waltzes these characters throughout the story…this is a must-read…it kept me up at night to finish it…” 5/5

- Readers’ Favorite 

★★★★★

Eric Hoffer Award da Vinci Eye Finalist 2023 for superior cover artwork

Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Award 1st Runner Up 2023

BookFest Award 2023

Firebird Book Award Winner 2023

Eric Hoffer New Horizon Award Finalist 2023

 

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Selected Passages From " The Unsealing"

Arthur Pendle has a secret ... or two ...

Readers are Saying...

 

“...extraordinarily captivating… sucked me in … the writing style [and] the imagery it invokes, the connection to characters it creates - it's wonderful.  Well done …”

 

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and immersing myself in a bygone era. He brings to life a time that I was unfamiliar with and makes it seem like it could have been last week. Fans of history and the human condition will appreciate the time and research that went into this work. Even though I bought the paperback edition, I appreciated the quality materials, i.e. paper & cover stock, and illustrations, as well as the sewn-in binding."

 

"This is an extremely well written and thoroughly enjoyable book.  Lots of truth to the time in which it is set, with characters that come to life with each word..."

 

"I loved this book.  When is the next one coming out?  I'll be the first in line."

The Unsealing

If you’re ready for a journey into the Gilded Age as you’ve never seen it before, I welcome you to The Unsealing, a tale of intrigue, corruption, and forbidden love gone very wrong.  

Inspired by true events, The Unsealing will keep you guessing until the last page, and leave you wondering what will become of the Avenging Angel Detective Agency …

- Robert Brighton -