Publication Date: March 29, 2011
Pride, paranoia and paranormal forces all conspire to derail Detective Marcella’s investigation into a series of suspicious suicides in New Castle, Massachusetts. In this sequel to The Witch’s Ladder, Marcella learns that because of the ties that bind their pasts, every potential victim is also a possible suspect.
Second book in the Detective Marcella series, was a free offer and the first book in the series that I read. I actually enjoyed so much, I bought the first and third books in the series–which is saying something as I’m so frugal in spending. Dana Donovan did an outstanding job, fleshing out the characters, creating idiosyncrasies that make a character. Time and again, characters pop to life, settings are created without the tedium or monotony that so many writers get caught up in. Details matter, so does brevity, Dana manages to do both with such aplomb that you don’t realize hours have swum by in the meantime.
Detective Marcella has flaws like everyone and Dana manages to create a character that continually reexamines his own life he has led. The other character in the main storyline, is the witch who he is bewitched by. They have a deep connection that comes clear by book three, but in book two they are intertwined in the current murder mystery so interconnected by other characters, especially one with paranormal abilities.
Once you realize you must bypass reality a bit, the storyline becomes more interesting by the line. Dana has done an outstanding job. I would give 4 1/2 stars.