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Published by Point Blank, 3 May 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78607-257-3
The locals in the small Essex village of Adder's Oak
are enjoying the free-flowing Prosecco at the launch of the new website and
recently updated wing of the Essex Witch Museum. In the midst of the
celebrations, word reaches them of a disaster taking place outside the local
pub. Developers have moved in and are trying to remove the Blackly Be, a huge
stone thought to mark the grave of a local witch Black Anne. In the 1600's she
was said to have been burnt to death and the stone was placed on top of her
remains to stop her from escaping! The last time someone tried to move the
stone mysterious and unsettling things started to happen in the village. En
mass the locals rush to the stone to prevent its removal. They are fearful of
what will happen this time and it's not long before their fears are realised.
When bones are dug up by the
developers digging has to stop, much to everyone's relief. However, there are
two skeletons, whose can they be, and why had they been decapitated? Rosie the
owner of the museum and Sam the curator set about finding out who they were,
one is probably Black Anne, but what about the other - a male?
Added to the mystery is the fact
that Rosie is trying to trace what became of her grandmother, Ethel-Rose, also
said to be mixed up in witchcraft. She was a popular medium and went missing
after one of her seances in 1953. Rosie wonders what the local lord of the
manor, Edward De Vere and his weird daughter know about her disappearance, she
is sure they are hiding something.
When another headless body is found
people really start to panic and the police enlist the help of Rosie and Sam to
get to the bottom of the happenings, landing Rosie in great danger. Will she
I enjoyed this book very much.
Rosie is quite a character and has a great sense of humour, she needs it! I
loved some of her expressions, probably because I was born and bred in Essex
and it took me back.
Although there is an air of menace
and mystery running through the book, there are still amusing moments and it
makes for a thoroughly good read.
Added to the interest is the fact
that Black Anne and some of the other characters did actually exist. It is
worth reading the Author's Notes at the back of the book. Very much
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Syd Moore lives in Essex, where the Rosie
Strange novels are set. Before embarking on a career in education, Syd worked
extensively in the publishing industry, fronting Channel 4’s book programme,
Pulp. She was the founding editor of Level 4, an arts and culture magazine, and
is co-creator of Super Strumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes. Syd
has also been a go go dancer, backing singer, subbuteo maker, children’s
entertainer and performance poet, She now works for Metal Culture, an arts
organisation, promoting arts and cultural events and developing literature
programmes. Syd is an out and proud Essex Girl and is lucky enough to live in
that county where she spends her free time excavating old myths and listening
out for things that go bump in the night.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.