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Title:
The witch maker : a Chief Inspector Woodend mystery
Author:
Spencer, Sally.
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Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Severn House, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
217 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727860705
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A village with a dark code for Woodend to crack
It is a great honour to be Witch Maker in Hallerton. It is he who, after years of apprenticeship, constructs the effigy he who burns it at the stake, watched by a jeering crowd. But this Witch Maker only the nineteenth in the 350 years of the ceremony never experiences his moment of triumph. This Witch Maker is discovered early one morning with a length of twine wrapped tightly around his neck.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

When DCI Charlie Woodend and DS Monika Paniatowski are sent to the village of Hallerton to investigate a brutal murder, they walk into a nightmare. Hallerton is the home of the gruesome Witch Burning, which occurs every 20 years and re-enacts the death of suspected witch Meg Ramsden, burned at the stake in 1604. Hallerton even has its own Witch Maker, whose responsibility is to make Meg's effigy. The murder victim, Witch Maker Harry Dimdyke, has been garrotted and tied to the burning stake just days before the ceremony. Woodend and Paniatowski meet resistance at every turn of their investigation, and it's only when they link Dimdyke's killing with another murder that occurred at the last burning 20 years earlier that the case opens up. Spencer's Woodend series always features sharp procedural detail and suspenseful, well-developed story lines. Here she adds a surprise sending and a couple of quasi-Gothic elements-- the setting and the sense of dark foreboding. It all adds up to a first-rate addition to an entertaining series. --Emily Melton Copyright 2004 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Detective Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend (The Enemy Within) confronts a bizarre murder case in the village of Hallerton. Someone has strangled the honored person in charge of organizing the reenactment of a local witch-burning that originally occurred in 1604. Strangely, Woodend meets resistance from villagers, who have experienced a high rate of suicide. Strongly recommended. Spencer lives in Spain. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.