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Graveyard Shift by M.L. Rio




About Graveyard Shift


Author of sales sensation If We Were Villains returns with a story about a ragtag group of night shift workers who meet in the local cemetery to unearth the secrets lurking in an open grave.

Every night, in the college’s ancient cemetery, five people cross paths as they work the late shift: a bartender, a rideshare driver, a hotel receptionist, the steward of the derelict church that looms over them, and the editor-in-chief of the college paper, always in search of a story.

One dark October evening in the defunct churchyard, they find a hole that wasn’t there before. A fresh, open grave where no grave should be. But who dug it, and for whom?

Before they go their separate ways, the gravedigger returns. As they trail him through the night, they realize he may be the key to a string of strange happenings around town that have made headlines for the last few weeks—and that they may be closer to the mystery than they thought.

Atmospheric and eerie, with the ensemble cast her fans love and a delightfully familiar academic backdrop, Graveyard Shift is a modern Gothic tale in If We Were Villains author M. L. Rio’s inimitable style.



Praise For Graveyard Shift

“This place has everything—rats, fungus, thrills, chills, mysteries, hostile incidents—and M.L. Rio deftly weaves it all together into a short, sweet (okay maybe not that sweet) story. A rad, crisp, creepy read.”
—Chuck Wendig, bestselling author of Black River Orchard and The Book of Accidents


Praise For If We Were Villains


“Melodramatic but satisfying…A readable, smart, pretentious, youthful book.”
—New York Times Book Review

“A fascinating, unorthodox take on rivalry, friendship, and truth.”
—Mystery Scene

“Fans of Donna Tartt’s 1992 release The Secret History should absolutely check out author M.L. Rio’s debut If We Were Villains.”
—Self Magazine

“Echoing such college-set novels as Donna Tartt’s The Secret History…Rio crafts an intricate story about friendship, love, and betrayal. Recommended for readers who enjoy literary fiction by authors such as Donna Tartt or Emily St. John Mandel.”
—Library Journal, starred review

“Bloody, melodramatic, suspenseful debut… This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you.”
—Kirkus, starred review

“This is a rare and extraordinary novel…I can’t recommend this book highly enough, and can’t wait to read what M. L. Rio writes next.”
—Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author of Station Eleven




(A work in progress)




About M.L. Rio



M. L. Rio is an author, but before she was an author she was an actor, and before she was an actor she was just a word nerd whose best friends were books. She holds a master’s degree in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe and a PhD in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.