Book Review: Death’s Door

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Death’s Door by April White


In the fall of 1849, Edgar Allan Poe disappeared. He was missing for five days, and was then found wandering near Gunnar’s Hall in Baltimore, delirious and possibly drunk, wearing strange clothes and carrying a cane. Poe died four days later in a Baltimore hospital, never having regained proper consciousness except to call out for a mysterious person by the name of “Reynolds.”

Of course Poe was a Clocker, and I knew I would write that story someday. What I hadn’t expected was who would find Poe when he stumbled into the 21st Century.

Her name is Alexandra “Ren” Reynolds, and she has a secret too.



This delightful novella weaves several elements together for a complicate whole-cloth manuscript. We have Ren’s character development of people breaking through her isolation. We have Edgar Allan Poe’s character development as a man of his time out of his time. We have a interaction between the black female, Ren, and anti-abolitionist, Poe. We have a cop and a mystery and a romance and a series tie-in. All sewn through with love of Poe’s writing. Balanced together for a warm night of reading.