The Witches' Hammer by Jane Stanton HitchcockThe Witches' Hammer by Jane Stanton Hitchcock

The Witches' Hammer

byJane Stanton Hitchcock

Mass Market Paperback | April 29, 2008

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A respected surgeon and rare book collector is brutally murdered in his elegant Manhattan home, just hours after showing a book dealer the fifteenth-century manual of black magic—a grimoire—he'd received from a grateful patient. Now the healer's blood is everywhere—and only the priceless grimoire is missing.

The horrific death of her beloved father has shattered Beatrice O'Connell's quiet, sane, and orderly world. Only by tracking down the vanished malevolent tome—with its dark spell and salacious illustrations—can she hope to put things right. But the search is leading Beatrice, her ex-husband, and a mysterious occultist into an expanding labyrinth of powerful evils, a tangled web that reaches as far as the Vatican itself. What coveted secrets are hidden in the missing volume that threaten to turn Beatrice into precisely what her unseen and unrelenting enemies are determined to destroy?

A respected surgeon and rare book collector is brutally murdered in his elegant Manhattan home, just hours after showing a book dealer the fifteenth-century manual of black magic—a grimoire—he'd received from a grateful patient. Now the healer's blood is everywhere—and only the priceless grimoire is missing.The horrific death of her be...
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Title:The Witches' HammerFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:April 29, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061284211

ISBN - 13:9780061284212

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starts & ends strong with a minor drag in the middle! I found this a very unusual, confounding, but ultimately quite enjoyable read. The book starts out well, with the murder of the the father of the main character - Beatrice [that's not a spoiler - it's noted right in the book's jacket] setting off a chain of ominous and exciting events that turn her previously safe and uneventful life completely upside down, and start her on a hunt for not only the murderer, but the answer to what is behind the book she believes is at the heart of these shocking events. The supporting characters are well-written. They are interesting and clever, but you can't tell who is a "good" or "bad" person, and trying to decide who to trust and how much with the various people Beatrice becomes involved with as she doggedly investigates her father's murder is a good and interesting aspect that adds to the book substantially. A caveat - at about the mid-point of the book, the author throws in a bit of feminist rhetoric and some rather overblown diatribes that Beatrice says and thinks. This section, although marginally related to the ultimate conclusion of the plot, stops the momentum of the story almost cold. I found myself wondering whether it was even worthwhile to continue reading because that had no interest for me at all. Let me encourage you to push past this! This section doesn't go on all that long, and the author does get back to the hunt for the murderer and the solution to what's really going on, and I promise you - the ending is MORE than worth the wait!! The last third or so of the book is a complete balls-to-the-wall thrill ride that is full of suspense and clever twists that will keep you pinned to your chair until the very end. Trust me on this - get a drink refill and go to the bathroom before you start reading chapter 19, because from that point to the last page, you won't want to put the book down - at least, I couldn't!
Date published: 2009-09-21