“Run, Star Girl.”
Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.
Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count. It features a cover by Hugo Award Winner GALEN DARA.
Everything about this book invites you to pick it up. The cover, the title, the promise of murder AND whimsy. Those who accept the invitation will not be disappointed.
With Pretty Little Dead Girls, Mercedes M. Yardley gives the finger to normal writing conventions and does Whatever The Hell She Wants. Luckily, Whatever The Hell She Wants is amazing. She writes with complete abandon, and yet the story is tight and controlled. The characters are engaging and sympathetic, the pacing is just right, the tension builds as the body count increases. When you reach the climax where Bryony gives Fate a little ass-kicking, you are completely rooting for her. You have no idea what is going to happen, because it’s Fate, for goodness’ sakes, but Fate can be such a jerk sometimes and deserves to get back what it so readily dishes out.
Pretty Little Dead Girls is a delightful and satisfying read. It’s like A Series of Unfortunate Events for adults or The Silence of the Lambs as a musical. Do yourself a favor. Buy this book, read it, relish it. Then go out and give Fate a little ass-kicking yourself. That’s what I intend to do.
About the Author:
Mercedes M. Yardley wears stilettos, red lipstick, and poisonous flowers in her hair. She likes to do a little bit of everything, and writes dark fantasy, horror, nonfiction, and poetry. Mercedes minored in Creative Writing and worked as a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine. She is the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, THE BONE ANGEL TRILOGY, and Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy. Mercedes lives and works in Sin City, and you can reach her at www.mercedesyardley.com.