Julie Mangano has been involved in the publishing industry since 1989 as a publications manager, writer, editor and art director. Braha is her first mystery. Her maternal grandparents’ journey from Russia to America inspired the historical characters and events in this book. Her paternal grandparents’ ranch in Escondido, California, was the model for one of the locations in this story. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Round Rock, Texas, with her husband. She is currently at work on the sequel.
Mystery, Historical Fiction
Braha is a mystery alternating between a present-day mystery in America and a glimpse of early twentieth-century Russia. This mystery has dual narratives, separated by more than a century, and spins a tale of lost loves and truths, dangerous and hidden. This novel is the first in a three-part series.
Linden St. Clair is working overseas when she learns her beloved grandfather has passed away under suspicious circumstances. Returning home, she discovers he has left her an old family journal, as well as clues to an explosive family secret.
The journal, written by Leena Weiss, Linden's great-great grandmother, recalls the woman's early years as a German girl living in a small Russian village. Leena's life is turned upside down when a Russian army officer turns her into his object of affection. Caught in a difficult situation, Leena soon finds herself living a life on the run, pursued by the Okhrana, a secret police organization and predecessor to the KGB.
A century later, Linden peels back shadowy layers, exposing clues and secrets. Despite the assistance of professional security services, she and her family remain pawns in a deadly game that extends beyond borders and crisscrosses the globe.