About Eye of the Moon:
“Involving the occult, stolen treasure, family secrets, and financial sabotage, ‘Eye of the Moon’ is sumptuous in its description of white-tie dinner parties and sexual tensions with baronesses, and sharp in its maneuvering of several secret puzzles at once.” -IndieReader, IR Approved
In this award-winning American Gothic series, the peculiar death of a legendary socialite, Lady Alice, embarks her nephew, Johnny, and his childhood friend, Percy, on a journey into Egyptian occultism, the supernatural, and a puzzling mystery where not everyone wants the truth revealed.
Johnny shows up at Percy’s hotel with an invitation to an anniversary house party at the family’s upstate New York estate, Rhinebeck, and an unexpected plea for help that Percy can’t refuse.
“A classic Victorian mystery, set in modern times with intrigue, ghosts, rivalries… through letters, diaries, and narratives, ‘Eye of the Moon’ weaves a richly layered, spellbinding story.” -Jefferson Hawkins, author
Rhinebeck holds more than just childhood memories. An odd discovery in the wine cellar leads the friends to artifacts left by Lady Alice, and they strike an ominous deal with her confidante, the family butler, to learn what really happened. They must unravel multigenerational intrigue, strange happenings, secrets within secrets, and match wits with all sorts of fascinating characters, both living and otherwise.
“A deftly crafted and simply riveting gothic mystery by a master of the genre, Ivan Obolensky’s ‘Eye of the Moon’ is especially and unreservedly recommended.” -Midwest Book Review
Prepare to stay up late into the witching hour as you are transported to Rhinebeck, a sumptuous world where nothing is as it seems and all, including the staff, have hidden agendas.
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Ivan Obolensky grew up regaled by tales of his ancestors while surrounded by high society. Those stories of intrigue and adventure inspired him and nurtured his love of storytelling, which he brings to his writing, both fiction and nonfiction.
“Eye of the Moon” is colored by the stories of his youth. It was inspired by two questions: If life has given us gifts, what do we owe for having squandered them? To whom do we owe exactly and what will that payment be? Set in a family estate at Rhinebeck, the plot is a complex and sophisticated web of mystery, Egyptian occultism, sumptuous elegance, and intrigue.
The Latin American translation, “El ojo de la luna” was launched internationally in October 2020.
The sequel, “Shadow of the Son”, was released June 21st, 2021.
Ivan is working on his third novel in the series. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle, playing music with his various instruments, running, and photography.