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A Witch's Tale
by Maralee Lowder
Publisher: Taylor Street Books
When hard-bittern reporter Mac McCormick is sent to Port Bellmont to report on the chilling death of the popular Reverend Elkins who has been found ritually sacrificed in a field just outside the town, he encounters an enraged crowd baying for the blood of a coven of witches whom it believes responsible for the crime.
However, when Mac subsequently meets the youngest of the witches, the beautiful flame-haired Cassie Adams, he immediately starts to doubt the crowd’s interpretation of events - or has he just fallen under her cunning spell?
About the Author:
Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one. Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense.
Look for the sequel to "The Morticians Wife" coming soon
Chapter 1 Excerpt A Witch’s Tale
“Hey! Watch it, you moron!” Mac widened his stance, planting his feet more firmly on the pavement. This mob scene should not have come as a surprise to a reporter with Mac’s experience. Nothing like a good burning at the stake to bring out the crowds, he reflected, sizing up the gathering mob.
Jockeying for a more advantageous position, he cast a searching glance over the rapidly growing mass of humanity.
At least a couple hundred people, both reporters and locals, had converged before the front steps of the tiny courthouse.
The sidewalk had long since reached critical mass, forcing citizens and the media alike out onto the street, until it had become necessary to divert traffic around the growing crowd.
Though he’d used the term ‘witch hunt’ often enough in the past, Mac had never expected to actually witness one.
And yet, here he was, smack-dab in the middle of a scene that belonged more in the seventeenth century than the twentieth.
Unconsciously licking his lips, he thought of the story he would file, one that had drawn him to this small town on California’s north coast. It was a story which possessed all the elements of a paranormal mystery, complete with a coven of lovely young witches. Before he was through with it, every man, woman and child in the USA would be afraid to sleep at night, sure that, left unguarded, their souls would be ripped from their unsuspecting bodies by evil witches.
A body found in a pentagram of candles, a coven of witches in town: of course you know who is responsible for the death, right? The Sheriff is sure. The pastor is sure. The media circus that has come to town doesn’t care as long as the story is great; but even so, they are sure also. Only things aren’t always what they seem on the surface. As more bodies pile up, can love help prove the truth?
Loved watching the cynic find a place in town and try to help the lovely witch prove her mother didn’t kill anyone. This book has a charming little town that collectively goes a little crazy when ritualistic murders begin to take place two years after a coven of witches move to town. Never mind that there isn’t any real proof, hysteria is a common denominator. Fabulous book with small town charm, true love, murder, mystery, witches, and more. And the murderer was a surprise to me (but then again it usually is). Loved it.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.
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