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When Iraq war vet Harper Jennings’ staunchest rival at Cornell’s archeology department shows up on her doorstep late one night, babbling about seeing a Pre-Columbian shape-shifter, Harper doesn’t know what to think. But she can spot a great opportunity: Zina Salim won the assistantship that Harper had badly wanted, cataloging a priceless collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts recently willed to the university. If Harper offers to accompany Zina to the lonely mansion where the collection is housed, she’ll be able to see them for herself.

But when she arrives at the mansion, Harper finds more than fascinating artifacts. Zina is dead. Suddenly, Harper’s life turns upside down–Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder returns with terrifying intensity, and her husband, who’d seemed to be recovering so well after a terrible fall from the roof, grows withdrawn and depressed. Then members of her old army team start dying…

The closer Harper gets to the relics, the more danger she faces. Harper knows that the artifacts can’t be cursed. Can they?

BEHIND THE WALLS is available from Amazon.


Harper is a strong, sympathetic character…A fast-paced story. Booklist

Riveting…A one-sitting read. For fans of Michelle Gagnon and Lori Armstrong. Library Journal


Merry Jones is the author of the Harper Jennings thrillers (SUMMER SESSION, BEHIND THE WALLS, WINTER BREAK), the suspense novel THE TROUBLE THE CHARLIE, and the Zoe Hayes mysteries (THE NANNY MURDERS, THE RIVER KILLINGS, THE DEADLY NEIGHBORS, THE BORROWED AND BLUE MURDERS.) She has also written humor (including I LOVE HIM, BUT…) and non-fiiction (including BIRTHMOTHERS: WOMEN WHO RELINQUISHED BABIES FOR ADOPTION TELL THEIR STORIES).

Jones is a member of Mystery Writers of America, The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, and the Philadelphia Liars Club. The mother of two, she lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and Corgi.