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SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK
SERAFINA is a middle grade mystery thriller which takes place in 1899 in the Biltmore House, a grand Chateauesque-styled mansion built in the 1880's at the height of the Gilded Age by George Vanderbilt, and nestled high in the dark and forested mountains near Ashville, North Carolina. The Biltmore House and its sprawling gardens are home to the Vanderbilt family, while downstairs, unbeknownst to them, Serafina lives in the basement.
A first novel and middle grade mystery thriller set around the turn of the century in the Biltmore House, a grand Chateauesque-styled mansion built in the 1880's at the height of the Gilded Age by George Vanderbilt. The mystery of this story isn't just the identity of the Man in the Black Cloak. It is also the enigmatic Serafina herself - where does she come from, who is her mother, why does her father keep her presence in the basement a secret? And why does Serafina show so much cat-like behavior? In order to ultimately defeat the Man in the Black Cloak, Serafina must not only face her darkest fears, but also plumb the mysteries of her own origin.
Robert Beatty lives in Ashville, North Carolina. He has published short stories in literary magazines. Robert is also the chairman-of-the-board and a managing partner of the San Francisco based Narrative Magazine (www.narrativemagazine.com