The Bloodstained Doll

A modern giallo in the style of Five Deaths for Seven Songbirds!

The Bloodstained Doll by John Everson

When Allyson’s mom dies unexpectedly in a London car accident, she thinks her world has hit rock bottom. But that’s before she leaves her friends and life behind to go live with her rich, estranged Uncle Otto in Germany. She should have felt like a rags-to-riches princess when she arrived at the gorgeous country mansion, which is so big half of it was shuttered to avoid caretaking. But Kurt, the gardener, and Ingrid, the frigid housekeeper make her feel anything but welcome while her cousin Martin gives her the creeps. And she doesn’t know what to make of ancient Aunt Ida or Otto’s brazen personal assistant, Ella.

On her first night in her new home, a child’s casket is unearthed in the backyard during a violent storm. When the family goes outside a few hours later to investigate, they find the wooden box empty of bones.

But that’s just the start of a series of gruesome events. Suddenly people start turning up dead in the quaint nearby town of Hildegard. A decapitated pigs head appears on her uncle’s desk. And a man with ice-blue eyes seems to be following Allyson.

Is there a connection?

As the noose tightens and murders draw closer to Berger Mansion, Allyson and her new boyfriend Andrew discover a startling dark truth hidden in the attic. Soon they find that both of their lives are now at stake if they don’t discover why each broken body is decorated with… a Bloodstained Doll.


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Praise for John Everson’s previous giallo novel, Five Deaths For Seven Songbirds

Praise for John Everson’s previous giallo novel, Five Deaths For Seven Songbirds
Passionate, overwhelming, a classic thriller with a rock rhythm.”
Ernesto Gastaldi, screenwriter of So Sweet… So Perverse and The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh

“I read this story with ever-increasing interest. The dynamics and tension felt reminiscent of my thriller films from the 70s and 80s, which have been appreciated by many American directors such as Quentin Tarantino. It would make a great film for lovers of the genre. Ottimo intrigo!”
Sergio Martino, director of All the Colors of the Dark and Torso

“Intricately plotted in the classic giallo style, with plot twists and murders galore. John Everson has written a thriller that is sure to appeal to devotees of lurid Italian mystery thrillers.”
Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films

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