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CHAPTER AND CURSE is a standalone read. It is a cozy mystery so no sex but light flirting, a murder but we are not attached to the victim, and Quinn once again finds herself right in the middle of things. It is set in a small village in Ballydehag, Ireland. Quinn is from Seattle and she is a witch. She messed with witchcraft that was taboo for her and as a result she was "banished" to Ballydehag. She is living in the cottage of a former witch and is running her bookstore. There is a lot that Quinn doesn't understand but in each episode she learns a little more of why she is where she is.
In this episode she is attending the wake of Billy O'Donnell. She didn't want to go but her friend Kathleen insist it is the thing to do in Ireland. Everyone pays their respects to the dearly departed. She goes but she feels out of place as she barely knew the man. But everyone in town is there so there are people that she knows. She is doing okay until she rounds a corner and there laid out in the dining room is the open casket with Billy inside. It is a bit of a shock to an American. We just don't do things this way.
Things are not going well for Quinn. She is having weird feelings of a heaviness and darkness. She really needs to get out of there but Kathleen says no for now. So she goes upstairs to toss some cool water on her face. As she looks up the woman in the mirror is not her but a horribly old hag that is looking at her with anger and hate in her eyes. She nearly falls over and once she gets her feet under her she takes off.
In control of her feet and her heart racing she takes off out of the house. She overhears the priest talking with the local handyman about trimming a tree down near the church cemetery. He is refusing the job. The priest is new, only been there 5 years, and he is insisting the job needs to be done before the limbs fall on the church. Quinn discovers that there is an evil witch buried upside down and the tree planted on top of her to keep her there. If the tree is cut, it may release evil from a powerful witch.
Now the plot thickens. Billy's only daughter is in charge of the wake. She left town years ago and only came back a few times. Now she wants to get the burial done, the house cleaned out and put up for sale and she can return to her law practice in Dublin. But not all things go according to plan. Her return to Dublin is not to be.
I say this every time, but the stories of Quinn's adventures just get better and better. Quinn finds the body and she feels duty bound to find the killer. She finds a lot more than just who done it. You won't see the killer coming and Quinn almost saw him going. This is a fun read with some new information on just why Quinn is where she is. And the old woman in the mirror? She is not only getting in touch with Quinn again, she brings her poor familiar. The two of them are one for the books. This is a great read and another great adventure for Quinn. There is also just a little light flirting with the vampire that lives on the hill. Don't miss this one.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 7/8/2020
the second book in the Vampire Book Club series held my attention even more than the first. There were some downright scary scenes in the book. Love Quinn, her cottage and the Irish town of Ballydehag. Quinn learns a bit more of her history and meets her 6 times great grandmother, Biddy O'Donnell, also a witch. I'm wondering if she will show up in later books. Can't wait for the next in the series.
It's another winner! I very much enjoyed this second book of the the series. Not only do we get to know these interesting characters more, we meet some new ones, including a very powerful witch. Murder, mischief and mysteries pull you into the tale and keep you reading clear through to the last word. I loved it! This is definitely a book I can recommend to you.
I really enjoyed reading this book and the story line. Quinn finds herself dragged into a murder investigation involving an ancient yew tree and an equally ancient witch ghost. Going to pay respects to a deceased man, quinn is introduced to the Irish wake custom. An ancient witch is brought back to life and things start to get really interesting. The deceased mans daughter becomes a victim and the mystery starts. Well thought out and the characters are well fleshed out. Already looking forward to the next book
The latest book in Nancy Warren's Vampire Book Club starts with Quinn being rushed to an Irish wake and the adventure never slows down. When Biddy O'Donnell, a witch interred 400 years ago, escapes her grave, Quinn is busy trying to avert any magical problems while also uncovering a murderer. A very enjoyable read.
I was pleasantly surprised that the author jumped right in and never slowed. Wonderful story! It is impossible to mention the best parts without spoilers, but I am hoping it is a nice long series. I love the characters!