By Dana Cameron

The past's blood stains the current the potential for a life-time awaits archaeologist Emma Fielding within the Berkshire foothills of Western Massachusetts: the opportunity to review the eighteenth-century diary of Margaret Chandler, the accused witch and murderess whose domestic Emma excavated purely months ahead of. notwithstanding, the 3 different Shrewsbury starting place fellows she needs to percentage the premises with are a disturbingly strange bunch, and ahead of too lengthy one among them is useless. yet Emma can locate no solace within the bleak fantastic thing about the encircling barren region, for there are darkish secrets and techniques encoded in Madam Chandler's writings, and stunning parallels among an historic slaying and the unusual, brutal death of her colleague. while the killer moves back, Emma realizes her personal lifestyles is at stake. And unexpectedly there is not any selection left: she is pushed to enquire bloody crimes prior and current -- ahead of her personal loss of life turns into a footnote in a chilling, three-centuries-old tale.

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The guard was really taking his time; he could have guessed from looking at me that I claim to be five nine and then compared the rest of the information with that on the acceptance letter. I mean, no one’s license looks just like them, but he should have at least believed his own eyes. Something was going on here. ” I asked, a little miffed. I was tired and my magic word wasn’t opening Ali Baba’s cave. Abruptly the guard, or whoever he was, handed me my license and a key on a fancy key chain. “No need to get testy.

Slow down, Emma! I chided myself. This is only the first paragraph; what will you do if the rest isn’t as detailed as this? I flipped carefully through the pages, and every entry seemed to be at least a paragraph long. Although most people tended to use the words diary and journal interchangeably these days, this was a true journal, filled not only with facts but the thoughts of the writer. In other words, the mother lode. I needed to formulate a plan. Do I read the whole thing first, get a feel for what’s in store?

I looked at my mug, and it had a row of ducks with bows around their necks, some with little galoshes on. One had a jaunty sailor hat. ” “Precisely. Made expressly for the aunt market, stocks depleted at Christmas time. ” “Nothing, in principle. ” Michael continued his contemplation of the world outside, and I put another pot on. “That’s some choice reading material you’ve got there,” I said, when I finally felt my spinal cord connect with my brainstem. Houston, we have contact. “Do you know what the worldwide readership of the Journal is?

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