The Witch in the Well out in the UK

The gorgeous UK hardcover edition of THE WITCH IN THE WELL is out today!

“Bruce masterfully plays with perceptions of reality, truth, and magic. It’s a uniquely told and riveting read.” — BuzzFeed

“This is a superb folk horror tale that delivers an imaginative feminist take on the historical persecution of witches through the conflicting viewpoints of three complex and at times believably unlikeable female protagonists.” — Toronto Star

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The Witch in the Well out in the US!

My strange little book about friendship, monsters, witches and murder hit the shelves today!

When two former friends reunite after decades apart, their grudges, flawed ambitions, and shared obsession swirl into an all-too-real echo of a terrible town legend.

Before summer’s over, one woman will be dead, the other accused of murder . . . but is she really guilty, or are there other forces at work? And who was Ilsbeth Clark, really? An innocent? A witch? Or something else entirely?

I’m so thrilled to see it out in the wild!

Cover Reveal: All the Blood We Share

I am so proud to share the stunning cover of my next historical murder book, ALL THE BLOOD WE SHARE!

The novel is about Kate Bender, who ran a deadly inn on the Kansas prairie together with her family.

I have rarely come across a historical character with more strange rumors attached to her name, and can’t wait for readers to meet my version of her.

Out November 22 from Berkley.

Read more about the book here.

Announcing: All the Blood We Share

I am so very proud to announce that my next historical murder book, All the Blood We Share, will be published in the US in November, courtesy of Berkley!


A sinister novel based on the real Bloody Benders, a family of serial killers in the old West bound by butchery and obscured by the shadows of American history.

The winds shift nervously on the Kansas plain whispering of travelers lost and buried, whispering of witches. Something dark and twisted has taken root at the Bender Inn.

At first the townspeople of Cherryvale welcome the rising medium Kate Bender and her family. Kate’s messages from the Beyond give their tedious dreams hope and her mother’s potions cure their little ills—for a price. No one knows about their other business, the shortcut to a better life. And why shouldn’t their family prosper? They’re careful. It’s only from those who are marked, those who travel alone and can easily disappear, that the Benders demand their pound of flesh.
But even a gifted seer like Kate can make a misstep. Now as the secrets festering beneath the soil of the family orchard threaten to bring them all to ruin, the Benders must sharpen their craft—or vanish themselves.

Cover to come—it’s gorgeous!

Interview with IndyStar

A little while back, I did an interview with the Indianapolis Star about
IN THE GARDEN OF SPITE, and they turned it into a glorious article about Belle and the book.

Since the real Belle Gunness lived — and murdered — in Indiana, it definitely felt like closing a circle.

Here is a quote:

Bruce’s novel does much more than merely set what’s already known about Gunness’ atrocities to a fictional tune. Instead, she imagines how Gunness — a rare female serial killer — might have justified her endeavor. The character is a potent combination of cold sociopath, unfailing pragmatist and unhealed victim.

You can read the interview here