A Mystery

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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.

What Others Are Saying About Crossroad

“A richly drawn background contextualizes the mystery’s melancholy, with bursts of humor emerging like sun through clouds.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Cameron keeps the surprises coming. This pulse-pounding tale begs to be read in one sitting.”

Publishers Weekly

“CROSSROAD is a macabre, sinuous journey through the haunting beauty of Oregon’s high desert—and prickly, charming apprentice mortician Melisende Dulac is an ideal guide. Cameron deploys cliffhangers with a master’s touch, and renders his fictional Barlow County so vividly, you can almost smell the desert sage. With luck, he and I will be returning for years to come.”

—Chris Holm, Anthony Award winning author of The Killing Kind

“Dark, funny, and truly mysterious, W.H. Cameron’s CROSSROAD throws a prickly, complicated heroine straight into the middle of strange deaths and shady dealings as the newcomer in a lonely high-desert town.”

—Victoria Helen Stone, bestselling author of Jane Doe

“A tragic wreck, stolen corpses, an unidentified infant, a high desert ghost, and a young woman struggling to make sense of it all—CROSSROAD offers up twist after delicious twist. Readers will root for the prickly and exceedingly relatable mortician-in-training Melisende Dulac as she works to expose the dark secrets of a small Oregon town.”

—Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of The Past is Never and Three Rivers

“Gripping and darkly comic…Packed with unusual and enthralling characters, and set in a wonderful, fully-realized, high desert milieu, CROSSROAD had me hooked from page one.”

— Owen Laukkanen, author of The Forgotten Girls and The Watcher in the Wall

“Complex, compelling, intensely atmospheric, with masterful writing and gritty, unique characters. Though not a western per se, CROSSROAD is set in rural central Oregon’s high desert and will appeal to crime/mystery readers who enjoy the dark side of writers like Craig Johnson, CJ Box, and Nevada Barr.”

— Kari Lynn Dell, best-selling author

“CROSSROAD is an immersive read and a you-are-there page turner.”

—Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author

“Cameron gives us an enthralling mystery with a surprising and charming hero who, while fighting her own demons, takes on the demons of an entire town. I couldn’t put the book down or turn the pages fast enough, and the story haunted me long after I was done.”

—Heather Petty, bestselling author of the Lock and Mori series

The World of Melisende Dulac

Crossroad takes place in Barlow County, Oregon. Though fictional, the county is inspired by the landscape and history of central Oregon, even down to taking its name from Sam Barlow, an Oregon Trail pioneer.

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From Crooked Lane Books
December 10, 2019
Print  •  ISBN 9781643852805
eBook  •  ISBN 9781643852812

Edited by Shannon Jamieson Vasquez
Cover design by Melanie Sun
Book design by Jennifer Canzone

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