Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.
Black Spring in the Hudson Valley of New York has been haunted by centuries by the Black Rock Witch, a woman who was convicted by the townspeople of witchery and tortured to death. The town does not encourage people to move to town and moves visitors to leave before dark because if you stay too long, you can never leave. As technology improves, the town council has come up with ways to track the movement of the witch and of the town residents. The younger residents start to resent these restrictions and launch an offensive which has tragic consequences for everyone.
What We’re Reading
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
When you are short on time but still want to satisfy the craving for a great mystery, check out a mystery short story volume. They come in all types: from gritty police procedurals to warm, cozies. Here is a sampling:
- A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime
- Mom, Apple Pie and Murder by Nancy Pickard
- Deadly Housewives by Christine Matthews
- Once Upon a Crime
- Mysterious Pleasures
Ripped From the Headlines
Sometimes fiction authors capture events or possible events so thoroughly that it feels as though you are reading about something that has actually happened or is happening now.
These books seem to have that knack for placing the reader right in the fray.
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
- The Good Wife by Stewart O’Nan
- Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult
- We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
China Bayles Mysteries
A native of Illinois, Susan Albert Wittig writes mysteries with a garden vibe.
Here is her China Bayles Mystery series, in order:
- Thyme of Death
- Witches Bane
- Hangman’s Root
- Rosemary Remembered
- Rueful Death
- Love Lies Bleeding
- Chile Death
- Mistletoe Man
- Indigo Dying
- A Dilly of a Death
- Dead Man’s Bones
- Bleeding Hearts
- Spanish Dagger
- Holly Blues
- Mourning Gloria
- Cat’s Claw
- Widow’s Tears
- Death Come Quickly
Zombies: Enter At Your Own Risk
Tis the season…for Zombie Books.
If you are looking for an undead read, why not try one of these titles:
- Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black
- Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel Drezner
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
- The Monster Hunter’s Handbook by Ibrahim Amin
- The Living Dead by John Joseph Adams