The two-book series, A Secret Grave (written and illustrated by Nicole Jeffords who narrates the story), starts off with real life artist, Nicole, going in search of controversial alternative healer, Victor Goodlove, who has disappeared without a trace and whom she believes was murdered and may be buried beneath her studio. As Nicole begins her obsessive investigation, she learns that a number of Victor’s old clients and associates would have wished him dead because he knew all their guilty secrets — secrets that put Nicole in danger as she unwittingly discloses them on her blog.
Book One ends on a cliffhanger with a kidnapping and murder. In Book Two, we learn that the violence is connected with ownership of an ancient book of remedies, cures and prophecies passed down through many generations of Victor’s Russian Jewish medical family. Everyone — Big Pharma, the Russians, the FBI — wants to get their hands on this valuable document, but it has disappeared along with Victor. On a family trip to Romania, Nicole stumbles across a famous but enigmatic actress who has all the answers and sends the story into new, dangerous directions.
Nicole Jeffords’ fabulous portraits of the characters make both books worth owning in their own right. Because Jeffords presents the story as if it were true, mixing up actual people with made up characters and events, the reader feels as if he or she is experiencing an authentic adventure. The result is a tantalizing psychological brew that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.