Posted by: Nyxks | October 8, 2007

Crone’s Moon

Crone’s Moon (Book Five in the Rowan Gant Investigations)
by M. R. Sellars © 2004
Willow Tree Press
ISBN 0-9678221-4-9
332 Pages
paperback
$12.95 (U.S.)

I don’t know how I missed this series of books for as long as I did, but in a way I am grateful I did. One of the things I dislike about reading a series of books, especially one as well-written and compelling as this one, is the long wait between installments. By missing this series for the past five years I was able to get all six books at one time and read them in rapid succession. Such total immersion is a plus for me.

Crone’s Moon picks up the Rowan Gant narrative immediately after the conclusion of The Law of Three. There has been no time for attitudes to change or for tempers to cool and that is, most definitely, not a good thing. He has seen his arch-nemesis (and self-appointed “witch hunter”) Eldon Andrew Porter arrested and found a new opponent in Lieutenant Barbara (“Bible Barb” or “B.B.”) Albright, who is almost as offended by Rowan’s religion as Mr. Porter and worse (for Rowan, at least) she has a badge to back up her prejudices. The fact that Rowan was responsible for an Internal Affairs investigation targeting her has not improved their relationship at all.

Lieutenant Albright finds herself ordered to bring Rowan in to assist with investigating another case of a serial killer. Her dislike, no let’s be honest here, her hatred of him and his wife notwithstanding, she is in a position where she has no choice in the matter. This does nothing to improve her attitude regarding the “…damnable Satan worshippers…” and their friends, Detective Ben Storm and FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay.

The case is ultimately solved, but at a horrendous cost to Rowan and Felicity. This series is well worth reading and enjoying.

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