A Festival of Skeletons
by RJ Astruc
Edited by Kay T. Holt
Cover Artist: Jonatan Iversen-Ejve
Crossed Gemres ISBN/ITEM#: 9781453757352
Date: 01 December 2010 / Publisher's Website /
From PR Material: When Kamphor's west end sees a series of prostitutes murdered, its citizens are fearful that a serial killer known as the Knife has returned. But the mortician Sink, owner of Kamphor's finest morgue, doesn't believe that the Knife has resumed killing -- and he'd prove it, if his former student and current hateful rival Damien Torvault wasn't getting in the way.
Sink and his two apprentices, handsome-if-loony Joshua Finkle and merkind Vona Urgarth, investigate the murders on their own. Sink's ability to tell exactly when and how a person will die just by touching them earns him no friends, but it does yield some interesting clues -- as does Sink's other gift....
Sink presses urgently on, because he senses a strangeness in the air: the magic smell of necromancy, a magic that has long been illegal in Kamphor...for it requires human sacrifice.
(Source: Crossed Gemres)