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The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus

Winner of the 2020 Kipp Award


"Jaime Jo Wright's thrilling and mysterious The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus is set in the fictional town of Bluff River, Wisconsin, and intertwines the stories of two women who live a century apart. . . . Wright entertains with fast pacing, great writing, deep spiritual truths and just the right amount of spookiness."--BookPage

"Wright is a gifted and affirming storyteller whose newest novel will stun readers with its dramatization of revenge, brokenness, and the different ways people fight for the ones they love. This is an unexpectedly moving tale that brings dignity and depth to circus life. Drawing from the author's personal connection to Wisconsin's circus history, the tantalizing plot and immersive rendition of place are masterful. As Wright alternates between Chandler's present-day story and interludes set in 1928, she captivates with compassion, eerie eloquence, and astounding intensity."--Booklist starred review

"Jaime Jo Wright does a masterful job of weaving mystery, faith, romance, and history together in this spellbinding tale. Recommended for fans of historical thrillers, animal lovers, or anyone who wants to know more about the circus." --Historical Novels Review


The Bonaventure Circus is a refuge for many, but Pippa Ripley was rejected from its inner circle as a baby. When she receives mysterious messages from someone called the "Watchman," she is determined to find him and the connection to her birth. As Pippa's search leads her to a man seeking justice for his murdered sister and evidence that a serial killer has been haunting the circus train, she must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of the killer.

Present Day
The old circus train depot will either be torn down or preserved for historical importance, and its future rests on real estate project manager Chandler Faulk's shoulders. As she dives deep into the depot's history, she's also balancing a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease and the pressures of single motherhood. When she discovers clues to the unsolved murders of the past, Chandler is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than even an abandoned train depot could portend.

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