Music oft hath such a charm
To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
(Wm. Shakespeare; Measure for Measure)
O'Nelligan and Plunkett's latest case...this time with a musical twist.
The Haunting Ballad
St. Martin's Press (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne)
The Séance Society
Introducing Mr. O’Nelligan and Lee Plunkett, an unlikely pair of sleuths on an equally unlikely case... involving murder with a supernatural flair. Plunkett and O'Nelligan are drawn into a murder investigation involving the “Spectricator," a machine designed to communicate with the dead. Soon, the sleuths are knee-deep in a suspect pool that includes a surly medium, a former speakeasy queen, a mysterious Spanish widow, and a slew of eccentric servants. The Séance Society is a fresh take on the traditional whodunit.
"Michael Nethercott’s nicely put together whodunit The Séance Society plunges us head first into a warm bath of nostalgia with its setting — a small town in Connecticut in 1956. The methodically constructed narrative is as neat as its locale." --New York Times Book Review
“This clever series opener offers a mid-century take on the traditional drawing-room mystery…There is a sweet charm to this mystery, ensuring that readers will want to see more from O’Nelligan and Plunkett.” --Booklist
"An intriguing and suspenseful mystery story. The first sentence sets the tone for the book: 'Heed well the dead...for they hover at our ears.'" --Irish American News
"A classically styled Holmesian whodunit.”--Publishers Weekly
In the Wind...
Coming the first weekend of May, 2017 Michael's full-length WW II drama, Our Enemy's Cup, will make it's premier. Tickets available:
A new O'Nelligan & Plunkett short story is the cover feature in the Jan/ Feb 17 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine!
For your perusal, here's a short tale of Michael's just published in the online magazine Abyss & Apex. "Harbor Mist" is a quick read, a supernatural take on the Ellis Island experience:
Summer 2016: A successful run of Michael's two one-act plays, NOCTURNE TITANICA and THE LACE JURY, produced by Guilford Center Stage in Vermont. Great casts for both plays!
The Vermont Public Radio interview with Michael discussing The Haunting Ballad.
Michael being interviewed for the Reading and Writing Podcast. A fun little exchange in which he makes the claim, among other things, that he first started writing in the womb. Quick, summon the fact checkers!
The New York Times reviews The Séance Society!
Listen to Michael's Vermont Public Radio interview for All Things Considered.
For anyone who uses eBooks, and has an interest in whodunits, art theft and/or World Series history: the short story "O'Nelligan and the Perfect Game" is available for download. Just 99 pennies!
It can be purchased here.
To be announced...