Blood of the Scarecrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, edge-of-your-seat novel!! March 21, 2013 By R.T. Clearwater
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! March 18, 2013 By Mark Minni: Great book, fast paced, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable! I had a very hard time putting it down! I can't wait to read more from this author!
The sleepy, little town of Barnesville, New York seldom sees much in the way of excitement, until one morning a body is found in the village cemetery. Authorities deem it an unfortunate accident in which the victim, the elderly Peter Wakeley, is said to have gotten drunk and fallen asleep only to be crushed to death when a headstone is knocked over by a tree limb during a particularly heavy snow storm. Detective Sergeant Simon Michaels and his assistant, Angela Jennings, are two of the first on the scene. Angie, who grew up in Barnesville, doesn’t agree with the ruling and despite not yet being officially on the police force, she takes it upon herself to investigate.
She finds more than she sets out to as she digs deeper into the victim’s life and the role his family played in the founding of the town. Barnesville is full of secrets, secrets the town librarian, a self-proclaimed witch, seems reluctant to reveal. Worse still, Angie discovers how her own parents are deeply involved in the dark and sometimes gruesome past the town has spent nearly two centuries trying to hide.
It is a history laced with blood, witchcraft and at least one scarecrow that refuses to stay where it should. It seems the past has come back to haunt and torment the current residents of Barnesville or at least those involved in the witchery on which it was founded. Even Angie is not immune as vivid and gruesome dreams and uncanny hunches begin to plague her. Eventually she must face one of her darkest fears to unravel the mystery and break the spell that has been cast in order to solve this case and put the unsettled spirits of Barnesville and Peter Wakeley to rest.