Do What Godmother Says

By L.S. Stratton (Author)


Pub Date 6/11/2024

ISBN 9781454947486

Format Paperback



Do What Godmother Says

by L.S. Stratton
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A modern-day writer and a Harlem Renaissance artist are connected by a painting with a deadly secret in this gripping dual-timeline gothic thriller. 
Shanice Pierce knows better than to heed bad omens. But she has a hard time ignoring the signs when she finds herself newly single and out of a job on the same seemingly cursed day.

Then, while cleaning out her grandmother’s house, Shanice comes across a painting she hasn’t seen in years. Drawn to the haunting portrait in a way she can't explain, Shanice accepts her grandmother’s offer to keep the family heirloom.

She soon uncovers the story of the artist, a Harlem Renaissance painter named Estelle Johnson. The young woman was taken under wing by the wealthy art patron Maude Bachmann—or “Godmother” as she insisted her artists call her—and vanished shortly after Bachmann’s brutal murder a century ago.

As Shanice digs deeper, a paranoia that’s haunted her for years returns. She becomes convinced she’s being stalked, and that the deaths happening around her are connected to the staggering offer she turned down for the painting.

But the truth hiding in plain sight is even more shocking—and deadly—than Shanice could possibly have imagined . . .
"Stratton’s thriller featuring two women facing daunting obstacles and danger is dark, twist filled, and suspenseful." —Booklist

"Stratton (Not So Perfect Strangers) interweaves the stories of two budding artists living a century apart in this entertaining chiller."—Publishers Weekly

“Stratton delivers a tightly woven dual-timeline thriller. Elements of occult horror, historical fiction, and whodunit will intrigue readers of all stripes. Give this to fans of Alyssa Cole’s When No One Is Watching.”—Library Journal

“Deftly exposes the layers of creative ownership, especially when race and wealth are involved.”—NPR


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L.S. Stratton is an NAACP Image Award-nominated author and former crime newspaper reporter who has written more than a dozen books under different pen names in just about every genre from thrillers to romance to historical fiction. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, their daughter, and their tuxedo cat.

Title Details

Pages 384 pages

Trim 6 x 9 x 0 Inches

Territories World

Category Fiction

Carton Quantity 24

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