Winner of the 2018 Kindle Book Review Awards in the Horror/Suspense category.

On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive.

City of Ghosts

(GhostWriters series, book #1)

Jackson Stone is touring the abandoned Chinese city when he slips away from the group to spend the night, determined to publish an account of his ghostly experiences there.

Then he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets—secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden.

As Jackson uncovers the truth about Yuèhai and the ghost city, he’s drawn into a web of conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. He must risk everything to save himself and bring honor back to Yuèhai and her family.

From The Reviewers

“It’s spooky, lots of good mood here, but also funnier than I thought it was going to be.”

Chuck Wendig, New York Times Bestselling Author of Blackbirds

“Exceptional character development, a tightly plotted storyline, relentless pacing, and a perfect fusion of horror and irreverence make this virtually impossible to put down.


The narrative seed is a ghost story, like the timeless and treasured paranormal mysteries of the early 1900s by Algernon Blackwood and Cherie Priest’s Eden Moore and Kat Richardson’s Greywalker sagas of the early 2000’s.


But Moncrieff has done something remarkable here: She has taken something old and made it new again. Stone and Kate—the skeptic and the medium—make a dynamic pair, and the sexual tension doesn’t hurt either. With the novel’s addition of exotic locales, adept storytelling, and a decidedly creepy undertone, Moncrieff could very well be the 21st century’s version of Algernon Blackwood.


City of Ghosts is unconditionally recommended.”

Starred review from BlueInk

City of Ghosts is the undead love child of Ghost Hunters and A Chinese Ghost Story with a touch of Long Island Medium thrown in for humor.”

Staci Layne Wilson, entertainment reporter, The Syfy Network and Fangoria

“An impressively original, inherently compelling, consistently entertaining novel from cover to cover, City of Ghosts clearly reveals author J.H. Moncrieff’s genuine flair for narrative storytelling. Exceptionally well written and one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book is finished and set back upon the shelf, City of Ghosts is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections.”

Midwest Book Review

“This is a funny, spooky tale of a man cracking under guilt, his new friend who sees the dead, and a haunting in China. What a glorious combination.”

Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Bone Angel Trilogy

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