Illustration by Rene Lynch

Black Swan Chronicles

New Fiction by P.J. Lynch

A psychologically taut suspense novel full of magical realism and intertwined narratives, Black Swan Chronicles follows the journey of Amelia Mitchell who falls under the spell of a legendary Renaissance tapestry. Amelia goes from a bookish good girl with a preternatural sense of smell to a killer living off the grid.

The Black Swan Tapestry disappeared from France at the end of World War II. Fifty-five years later in a rundown Vermont town, it reappears in the keeping of Helen Penaherra, a glamorous Ecuadorian immigrant just hired as the new director of the village museum.

In return for lucrative bonuses, she loans the museum her precious tapestry rumored to grant a powerful circle of protection and prosperity for both the Keeper and her community. Almost magically, the town and museum bloom. As a giveback Helen creates an annual Tapestry Fellowship that acts as a golden ticket for one gifted high school senior. Amelia is the lucky 20th Anniversary Fellow.

But a drunken ex-fellow, Tre McIntyre, crashes the traditional celebration dinner to warn Amelia that over-curious fellows wind up missing or dead.

As she navigates the fellowship Amelia digs under ethically questionable trade-offs to find the tapestry’s cursed origin and a select but bloody history of Black Swan acolytes and keepers. Repelled by Helen’s own past as a Keeper and increasingly seduced by the Black Swan, she is tempted by the idea of rescuing the missing fellows with Tre’s help.

If she can survive a showdown with Helen over the swan’s magic.