Five Star First Edition Mystery; 1 x 8.6 x 5.9 Inches; 344 pages
Sydney St. Charles is descended from a long line of witches. She owns an apothecary shop in Manitou Falls, Colorado, where she sells spells, potions and talismans. Sydney's charms are very popular, but it isn't witchcraft that has the town buzzing. Clive Newton, a member of the rock band The Newts, has been murdered. Then the band's manager dies in a fire. Sydney finds her attempts to help with the investigation are complicated by her growing attraction to amnesiac, "John Elway." She is also drawn into an ancient family mystery: a parallel murder that happened in Salem in 1692. Through an ancestor's journal, she learns far more than she expected about her own heritage - and also about the modern-day killer. In the end, Sydney must outwit a murderer who will go to any lengths to silence her.
Denise Dietz lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, novelist Gordon Aalborg.