My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black

ELLIS ISLAND MYSTERY DRAWS ON TIMELY ISSUES

“Terry Roberts’ new novel is a literary thriller of the highest order: lyrical and suspenseful, with characters you will long remember. This is a heart-pounding, timely, and completely immersive read. It’s also Roberts’ finest hour.” –Silas House, author of Southernmost

“A suspenseful and original historical novel—an amalgam of twisted psychologies and cloak-and-dagger nostalgia with a teasing, passionate romance.” –Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“[An] impressive historical thriller.” –Publishers Weekly

Asheville, NC — Ellis Island, 1920. New York Harbor’s immigration and public health authorities are slowly recovering from the war years when a young, pregnant Irish woman disappears from the Isolation Hospital on Ellis Island.

Stephen Robbins, a specialist in finding missing persons, is assigned the case. Yet when he arrives at the isolation hospital, he discovers an inexplicable string of deaths and disappearances among immigrant patients…and a staff that seems to be hiding a chilling secret. Stephen finds an ally in Lucy Paul, an undercover nurse who is also investigating the mysterious incidents. Together, they begin to unearth a horrifying conspiracy masked beneath the hospital’s charitable exterior. As Stephen and Lucy get closer to the truth and each other, they are swept directly into the danger haunting Ellis Island and become the next targets.

Amidst growing racial tensions in the wake of World War I, My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black explores the disturbing lengths to which people will go to protect racial purity and condemn those they fear.

My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black

Terry Roberts | July 27, 2021 | Turner Publishing Hardcover ISBN: 9781684426959 Paperback ISBN: 9781684426942
Ebook ISBN: 9781684426966 FICTION / Historical FICTION / Mystery

PRAISE FOR TERRY ROBERTS

“My Mistress’ Eyes Are Raven Black is a suspenseful and original historical novel—an amalgam of twisted psychologies and cloak-and-dagger nostalgia with a teasing, passionate romance.” –Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“[An] impressive historical thriller.” –Publishers Weekly

“Terry Roberts’ new novel is a literary thriller of the highest order: lyrical and suspenseful, with characters you will long remember. This is a heart-pounding, timely, and completely immersive read. It’s also Roberts’ finest hour.” Silas House, author of Southernmost

[My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black] is pure entertainment–think Raymond Chandler or, perhaps, an Appalachian James Lee Burke. At the same time, the book confronts the reader with important questions about American immigration policies and race. Set at Ellis Island in the early 1920s, it is nonetheless sharply relevant in today’s America.” –Wayne Caldwell, Author of Cataloochee

“Terry Roberts has a knack for exploring the forgotten corners of American history—and then shining a light on the moral ambiguities he finds there. And he knows how to tell a story. This one has all the right ingredients: fascinating setting, winning characters, mystery, real suspense, and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”–Julia Franks, author of Over the Plain Houses

“In My Mistress’ Eyes Are Raven Black Terry Roberts expands his fictional world as never before, from the mountains of North Carolina to Ellis Island, the heart and soul of America. Roberts tells a story of mystery, intrigue, murder, bigotry, and romance. With homage to the masters of crime fiction, Cain, Thompson, Chandler, and the Hammett of The Thin Man, this novel has thrilling action, and humor, as it addresses both the racism and humanity in our culture, in 1920, and the present.” –Robert Morgan , Author of Gap Creek and Chasing the North Star

Publisher’s Weekly Review


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I’d like to let you know that I have a new novel coming out in July of this year. This new book is titled My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black. It is set on Ellis Island in the summer of 1920, and it is narrated by our old friend, Stephen Robbins (from A Short Time to Stay Here). Stephen is sent to the Island to locate a young Irish woman who is missing and discovers that she is one of many immigrants who have disappeared or died mysterious deaths. Soon, he is embroiled in a fight for his own life as well as those of others. Here is the cover of what I hope will become one of your favorite books in 2021!