Editorial Review: The Mortician by A.L. Mengel

As many of you probably know through my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ragnarokonicev2), I’m about to embark on a book tour with fellow wordsmith, A.L. Mengel. #TakeAJourney2018 is about introducing us, the authors, to the world as well as our newest releases. For me that would be Malice of the Cross and for A.L., that would be The Mortician.

Before getting started, we both decided that reading the other’s book and giving it an honest review was the only fair thing to do. With that simple assignment in place, I downloaded the Kindle version and got to reading.

Two words – Holy Shit.

The Review

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Summary –

Definitely not a book I should have been reading in the dark, late at night. A.L. calls this a period piece, but it is haunting; chills worthy haunting. Without getting into a whole lot of specifics, there is a section entitled The Seance. As I read that in its entirety one evening, I had goosebumps on my back and arms from start to finish. This book is a straight up horror, chiller-fest.

Our two main characters are Jacob, a master’s level college student with his band of merry men, and Ned McCracken, the original mortician. Jacob is from the present while Ned’s story takes place back in the earlier 1900’s, in Miami. How the two meet? Well, that’s for you to figure out as you read the book.

A.L. does a magnificent job with his scene descriptions. The third main character of this story is Waxely Mortuary. With its cryptic crematory chamber #7, the mortuary in itself plays a vital role. The eerie feel, the haunting decorations that may or may not mean anything, all of it is imposing. It reminds you of that haunted house at the end of the street that other kids would challenge you to spend all night at. You knew that place was haunted with something evil, yet there was a pull that kept making you come back to it.

The book is the beginning of a new series for Mengel, The Astral Files. It does have some tie-ins to his original series The Tales of Tartarus, but you don’t need to read that series to enjoy The Mortician.


Want to know more? Here are the links:

Book – www.amazon.com/Mortician-Astral-Files-L-Mengel-ebook/dp/B077QN27QX/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/authoralmengel/


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About Jeremy Croston

I'm a comic loving, soccer playing, devoted husband who has a writing addiction. I can be found at Orlando Solar Bear hockey games, at the local sports bar cheering on my teams from Philly (go Flyers!), and being led astray by my schnauzer, JJ. Check out my Amazon page at www.amazon.com/author/jeremycroston to see my collections. Feel free to friend me on Facebook too at www.facebook.com/jcroston2 (there is another one of me out there apparently). Outside of writing, I work in business development and am considered an expert in all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to talking to you soon!
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