While the body of rodeo star Pony Jones lies motionless in the northern Alabama woods, her spirit is on a mission to find her killer. Invisible to the eye but not to the sixth sense, the only thing Pony can do is guide the living to the truth.
Her grief-stricken father, Titus, wants nothing more than retribution for his daughter's death, so when former police detective Jo Beth Dawson comes to town, something compels him to seek out her help.
But when Jo Beth and Titus team up to track down Pony's murderer, it turns loose a whirlwind of intense emotion and unexpected encounters. As they uncover more and more clues leading them to the killer, dark family secrets are revealed and the two must search their souls for redemption.
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"Michaels is obviously shooting for The Lovely Bones; while her attempt has potential, it's difficult to find the story lurking among all the problems." - Publishers Weekly
"[T]his promising first novel, with its lovely, flowing prose, uses a crime-fiction plot to frame a nuanced character study." - BookList
"The Tender Mercy of Roses is an unforgettable story told with astonishing skill and clarity by a truly gifted writer." - Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides
"The Tender Mercy of Roses is an enchanting blend of the supernatural, mystery, and southern charm. Anna Michael's debut novel has magical moments of insight that took my breath away!" - Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author
"Like the most healing of our dreams, Anna Michaels slowly unfolds a heart-mending story. The Tender Mercy of Roses moves in and out of the unseen places of the soul, exposing a magical story. Surprising wisdom startles the reader in the midst of a narrative both lyrical and powerful." - Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
"I devoured this thrilling page-turner, absolutely hooked until the final scene, then went back to read again passages so lovely I wanted to savor them more fully. Now I'm spreading the word - this one is a treasure!" - Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls
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