by Mallory M. O’Connor
For thirty years, Epiphany Mayall has worked as a psychic medium in the small Spiritualist community of Watoolahatchee, Florida. But when she returns to her childhood home in Mt. Eden, Ohio, to visit her aging mother, she finds that the rural community is reeling from a series of alarming events. The pristine world of her childhood is being destroyed. Wells and creeks are polluted, and earthquakes have become a frequent danger.
Epiphany’s former professor and mentor, art historian Dr. John Bernhardt, believes that the problems are the result of fracking operations that are being carried out by an energy corporation in the region, and that someone from the company is also connected with the disappearance of an illustration of Dante’s Inferno from the university museum. Bernhardt writes an article for the local newspaper about his theory, but the next day he is found dead. When John’s ghost appears to Epiphany and tells her that he was poisoned, she becomes determined to find the answers to several questions: who is responsible for the environmental disaster, who stole the illustration of Dante’s Inferno from the university museum, and who murdered Professor Bernhardt?
Aided by art crimes investigator, Maro Gaido, and by Blake King, an eccentric local artist, Epiphany tries to put together the pieces of a disturbing puzzle, but finds her efforts thwarted at every turn. Even a State Senator cannot help. As the earthquakes escalate, Epiphany begins to wonder if even her psychic gifts are enough to find the answers before it’s too late to save her loved ones from disaster.
“Set against a backdrop of psychic phenomena, corporate corruption and global climate change, Epiphany’s Gift is a riveting mystery from a writer who is well worth watching. A fast-paced, nail-biting tale of the perennial battle between good and evil.”—Andrew Nichols, Ph.D. Director, American Institute of Parapsychology
“Epiphany’s Gift, Book One of the Epiphany Mayall series, is a cli-fi paranormal novel that describes the chilling consequences of fracking operations in America. Read it and weep. Better yet, do something about it!”—Dan Bloom, editor, The Cli-Fi Report