Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Last Grave

The Last Grave
Author: Debbie Viguie
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Signet (March 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451239571
ISBN-13: 978-0451239570

Book Description:
Samantha Ryan—homicide detective by choice, witch hunter by necessity—has left Salem for San Francisco, hoping a move will help her forget the horrors of her past. But she’s about to discover that witches tempted by the dark side are everywhere....

Samantha is doing whatever she can to forget her terrible childhood in a coven destroyed by its members’ greed and lust for power. Now she’s a San Francisco detective struggling to fight her own desire to turn to magic. But as she discovers, escaping who you are isn’t easy.

Her latest case seems straightforward enough—the murder of a local historian named Winona Lightfoot. But strange clues take Samantha to the Santa Cruz Mountains, a place teeming with witches and black magic. As she works to uncover the connection between Winona and this coven, an earthquake rocks the Bay Area. That’s when Samantha has a premonition: Something is coming. Something evil.

To survive—and save everyone around her—she will have to tackle her greatest fear, and hope she isn’t the next one put into a deep, dark grave....

Idgie Says:
An interesting twist to the usual homocide detective crime books out there.  This detective also happens to be a witch who barely escaped from an evil coven with her life as a teen and now tries to make up for them by helping others.  The only problem...

once a witch, always a witch!

She can easily be detected by other witches and even though she's left her hometown and moved half way across country, apparently there's a witch or two holding grudges against her or her family and the seem to have found her.

The murder scenes she comes across quite simply reek of magic and while her partner senses nothing out of the ordinary, Samantha is having a hard time keeping her own powers under control while pretending to be working on solving an "everyday crime".

Interesting, different and keeps you hooked.