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Sara Flannery Murphy was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Throughout Murphy’s childhood, her family divided their time between Little Rock and Eureka Springs, a small tourist town and artists’ community in the Ozark Mountains. Murphy received her MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. While living in St. Louis, she studied with writers including Kathryn Davis. She also had the chance to teach creative writing. She later attended the University of British Columbia, where her studies had a focus on library science. An avid bookworm, Murphy especially loves thrillers and mysteries. Some of her major influences include Shirley Jackson and Charlotte Brönte. She enjoys TV series and films that explore the dark and the uncanny, from procedural dramas to horror. Murphy currently lives in an Oklahoma college town with her husband and son. Her shorter work has appeared in journals including Storyglossia and Tammy. The Possessions is her first novel.
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. At an organization that allows the grief-stricken to reconnect with lost loved ones, an affair between a worker and an enigmatic client threatens to uncover disturbing secrets.
'The first time I meet Patrick Braddock, I'm wearing his wife's lipstick.' Edie works at the Elysian Society, channelling the dead for clients desperate for a few last moments with their loved ones. She is professional and discreet, one of the best in the team. But everything changes when Patrick, a distraught husband, comes to look for traces of his drowned wife in Edie. The more time that Edie spends as the glamorous, enigmatic Sylvia, the closer she comes to falling in love with Patrick. And the more mysterious the circumstances around Sylvia's death start to seem ...
Die 'Elysische Gesellschaft' bietet ihren Kunden an, mit verstorbenen Angehorigen in Kontakt zu treten. Die Angestellten werden Korper genannt, so auch Eurydice, langste und zuverlassigste Mitarbeiterin der Firma. Ihr Erfolgsgeheimnis: Sie findet Zuflucht in der betaubenden Wirkung der Lotusse - Pillen, die den Kontakt zur Welt der Toten ermoglichen. Als Eurydice die Verbindung zur Frau von Patrick, einem ratselhaften Witwer, herstellt, wird sie besessen von dem glamourosen Paar. Sie bricht ihre eigenen Regeln, verliebt sich und dringt immer tiefer ein in Patricks Leben und das Ratsel hinter Sylvias mysteriosem Tod. Eurydice muss ihr eigenes Dasein entwirren und sich ihren langst begraben geglaubten Geheimnissen stellen.
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 CWA NEW BLOOD DAGGERWho will prevail - the woman or the ghost?For five years Edie has worked for the Elysian Society, a secretive organisation that provides a very specialised service: its clients come to reconnect with their dead loved ones by channelling them through living 'Bodies'. Edie is one such Body, perhaps the best in the team, renowned for her professionalism and discretion.But everything changes when Patrick, a distraught husband, comes to look for traces of his drowned wife in Edie. The more time that Edie spends as the glamorous, enigmatic Sylvia, the closer she comes to falling in love with Patrick and the more mysterious the circumstances around Sylvia's death appear.As Edie falls under Sylvia's spell, she must discover not only the couple's darkest secrets, but also her own long-buried memories and desires - before it's too late.PRAISE FOR SARA FLANNERY MURPHY'[S]upernatural romance that thrives on imaginative world-building.' The Saturday Age'A more-than-slightly-spooky tale of spiritualists and sexual obsession.' The Irish Times