Cemetery caretaker Sherman Mason is horrified to hear his dead wife calling to him from her grave. He asks newcomer Tiernay Rae, a gorgeous witch and proprietor of the Healing Hands store, to hold a séance to find out what’s troubling his wife’s ghost. Tiernay needs a coven to focus her powers, however, so her roguish brother, Greg, suggests that Anna Nolan and her two friends help ‒ “the maiden, the mother, and the crone” as he calls them. But with Halloween fast approaching and the séance unleashing a malicious evil in the small town of Crane, can Tiernay stop it before someone gets hurt, or even killed?
I like a good ghost story but not with a bunch of gore. This was just enough to keep me intrigued although in truth, I could have used a little bit more. It was almost too mild.
I liked the story line and characters. Sherman is not your ordinary cemetery caretaker. He has some brains to him but has fallen on bad luck.
The "witch" is not the fairy tale kind with the haggard looks. No, this gal is glamorous and has the eye of another character in the story. She really cares about people even when they do not think the best of her like Anna Nolan, the semi-sleuth of the group.
Personally, I like the two characters and to have known what made them click a bit earlier on would have made the mystery more exciting.
I did think at times the book dragged a bit even though I could follow along just fine. Some things seemed a bit plausible to happen in real life and others seemed like the author was reaching. I know she meant for this to be more of a mystery than paranormal book but she could have easily done a paranormal.
Overall, not a bad book and I would read more from this author but I did expect much more considering the characters and the good start to the story.
I give this book 3 stars.
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