I try not to be too judgmental when it comes to my clients. After all, I’m happy to have them. My small North Carolina home of Celosia doesn’t often have a serious case for me, the only private investigator in town, and my beauty queen past makes it difficult for some people to take me seriously. But Amanda Price is my client now, and I should have turned her down because she’s driving me crazy with her demands. She’s the wealthy, obnoxious president of the local Women’s Improvement Society whose plans to create an outdoor drama, Flower of the South, based on the life of Emmaline Ross, one of the state’s first vintners, have everyone in town stirred up. City council member Harold Stover opposes the idea, fearing Celosia can’t afford this costly venture. Camp Lakenwood owner, Nathan Fenton, also opposes the idea, because Amanda wants to use his land for the drama. Amanda has also alienated Joanie Raines, a plus-size actress who insists on playing the young Emmaline, and Megan Underwood, a local wiccan from Peaceful Meadow, a defunct commune, who claims she is Emmaline reborn. Actually, it’s hard to find someone in Celosia Amanda hasn’t alienated.
Of course, with all this going on, who should show up to complicate things but yet another of my husband Jerry’s disreputable and threatening acquaintances from his shady past. Jerry’s doing his best to go straight. He even has a great job he enjoys, cooking breakfast at Deely’s Burger World. But I always worry that once a con man, always a con man, and some day one of his old pals is going to drag him back into the game with disastrous results.
And then I found out Megan Underwood is not the only witch in the neighborhood. Years ago, a group of local women formed Darkrose Coven, a practice now taken up by some younger women in town. Recently, a young man was found dead near the vineyard, his body covered with witchcraft symbols. Has the old coven reappeared or is the new coven responsible? What’s the secret that members of the original coven are so desperate to hide?
Angry citizens, a scary con man, possible witches, and the Client From Hell.
I’ve got a full day.
Evil Turns is the fifth book in the Madeline Maclin mystery series, published by Poisoned Pen Press, May 2016.
Private investigator and former beauty queen Madeline Maclin thought she’d seen it all in her small North Carolina town of Celosia
A body covered with witchcraft symbols is found in a vineyard near Celosia. Is it the work of the disbanded Dark Rose Coven, whose members still harbor a dark secret? Madeline deals with witches as well as pushy socialite Amanda Price, whose opponent to her plans for an outdoor drama is also murdered.
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About the author
Jane Tesh is a retired media specialist and pianist for the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mt. Airy, NC, the real Mayberry. She is the author of the Madeline Maclin Series, A Case of Imagination, A Hard Bargain, A Little Learning, A Bad Reputation, and Evil Turns, featuring former beauty queen, Madeline “Mac” Maclin and her con man husband, Jerry Fairweather. Stolen Hearts is the first in the Grace Street Mystery Series, featuring PI David Randall, his psychic friend, Camden, Randall’s love interest, Kary Ingram, and Cam’s career-driven girlfriend, Ellin Belton, as well as an ever-changing assortment of Cam’s tenants. Mixed Signals is the second in the series, followed by Now You See It and Just You Wait. Jane’s mysteries are all published by Poisoned Pen Press, located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Butterfly Waltz is her first published fantasy novel from Silver Leaf Books. All of Jane’s books are on the light side with humor and romance.
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