Now on sale! The Mystery at Mount Forest Island

Pat Camalliere’s new book, The Mystery at Mount Forest Island, is now on sale!

This is the third book in the Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series. We are excited to be publishing Pat again, and we hope you’ll enjoy the new installment! Get your copy today!

When an automobile accident leaves Valerie Pawlik totally blind, she masters the daily activities of a dark world, but due to painful mysteries from her childhood, she lacks the confidence to lead the independent life she desperately longs for with her young daughter. With the help of Cora and Cisco Tozzi, Frannie Berkowitz, and Billy Nokoy, Valerie sets out to search for the mother who deserted her and for the killer of her beloved uncle. But Billy is experiencing electrifying occult moments of his own. Their quest takes them into a dangerous world of the Chicago Mob and paranormal phenomena, culminating when a stalker threatens their lives in the Palos Forest Preserves.

The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods now on sale

The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods, Pat Camalliere’s second novel in the Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series, is now on sale from Amika Press.

The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods by Pat Camalliere
Cover photography by Richard Hoyt Lee.

Wawetseka, a Potawatomi woman, is shocked when a body washes up near her village, but events soon turn worse: her only son is arrested for murder. To free him she must track down the real killer. Her investigation takes her through the wilderness of 1817 northern Illinois and to Fort Dearborn as she races desperately, fighting the harsh terrain and the realities of vigilante justice.

Two centuries later, Wawetseka’s descendent, Nick Pokagon, a charismatic young scientist, partners with Cora Tozzi, Cisco, and Frannie to publish Wawetseka’s adventures. But then Cora and her friends are attacked.…

Read more and buy now at Amazon and Amika Press. Coming soon to Kindle, Kobo & Nook!

 

Amika author edits local history book

Pat Camalliere, author of The Mystery at Sag Bridge, is one of the editors of a new book about Lemont history. You can find it now on Amazon, History & Anecdotes of Lemont, IllinoisCongratulations, Pat!

The Village of Lemont, Illinois rose to importance during its years as a canal town building the I&M Canal which led to the growth of Chicago and surrounding areas. Located on a bluff overlooking the Des Plaines River, Lemont’s history is also unique due to the strength, vitality, and character of its people. This book tells part of that story by presenting a collection of articles and anecdotes passed down through the generations. Most articles were originally written by members of the Lemont Area Historical Society in the early 1970s and made available through the society in its first edition in 1975. This 6th edition maintains the character of the original edition in an updated format for wider distribution and includes new material. Of note is a new listing of Lemont’s historic murals and other works of public art.

Pat Camalliere reviews

Kirkus Reviews has reviewed The Mystery at Sag BridgeVisit Pat’s website to let her know what you think.

Cold Case meets Ghost Whisperer in Camalliere’s debut mystery.

A capricious spirit, a mysterious wolf, and a 100-year-old unsolved triple homicide lead Cora Tozzi on a journey to uncover the history of Sag Bridge. Lemont, the tiny village, nowadays melded into the Chicago suburb where Cora and her husband, Cisco, live, was a hub of activity in the late 1800s during the building of canals that would link the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Retired, Cora devotes her time to the library, the historical society, a book club, and other assorted committees. She also hides a secret.

Throughout her life, one that she herself describes as quite fortunate, Cora has had the sense that some sort of supernatural entity has been watching over her. A door closing unexpectedly, a paper clip flying across the room, all signaled the presence of “something.” Cora began calling this presence “Angel.” But lately, the previously playful Angel has been gaining strength and exhibiting some dangerously angry behavior. Is Angel responsible for the bizarre accident that left a hostile member of Cora’s book club fighting for her life? Is she demanding something specific from Cora? And why did Angel attach herself to Cora in the first place? In her search for answers, Cora learns of the century-old murder of a young couple and their newborn baby girl.… Camalliere peppers her narrative with well-drawn depictions of life in turn-of-the-last-century Sag Bridge, and her characters are rather charming.…there are a few surprises left for the very end.

A lively twist on the historical fiction genre by a promising author.

News & Reviews

The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte on Huff Post Books, part of ‘Stereotype-Busting Women In Historical Fiction’: “…a heart-wrenching high drama.”

Bone Box well-received by Fran Lewis of Just Reviews: “…will mystify, entrance, enthrall and captive readers.”

The Mystery at Sag Bridge book release party is this Sunday 26 April at Smokey Row Antiques. Visit the Smokey Row Facebook page or Pat Camalliere’s site for more information.

Update: Pat Camalliere interviewed by Dan Farnham of Suburban LifeFull interview on AmikaPress.com.