The Witch’s Daughter by Ron D. Voigts
The Witch’s Daughter by Ron D Voigts
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (219 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by AloeInvestigative reporter and recent widower, Cavendish Brown, is unemployed and floundering. Coerced into returning to his childhood home by the town’s eccentric matriarch, Cavendish finds himself involved in murder, deceit, and a not-so-subtle attempt at matchmaking. Joined by Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a young Goth woman with uncanny abilities, they follow leads into the hills of West Virginia to catch the killer. A sheriff who shoots first and asks questions later makes solving the case difficult for the trio. Adding further complications is an ex-girlfriend with a mob hitman on her trail who seeks Cavendish’s help.
Immersed in a never-ending spiral of clues and secrets, he must unlock the darkness that surrounds the enigmatic Jane, stay ahead of the law, and come to terms with his own grief.
He’s in trouble now. He went out drinking to drown his sorrows and took an issue with a guy hitting his girlfriend in the bar. The guy said “make me” when he told him to stop, and he did. Now he’s in jail and it’s not looking good…
I really like this author’s work. He writes well, adds enough elements to the story to keep you on your toes, and the story is exciting all the way through. It didn’t take me long to finish the book because I kept turning pages and thinking: What happens next??? Books that capture my attention make me very happy.
Cavendish can be saved if he’s willing to accept some conditions. The only thing that makes him hesitate is that he has to move to his hometown and go to work for the local witch. No one knows for sure if she’s really a witch but she sure has her hand in everything that goes on in town. He really has no choice. He has no job, he is a widower, and he’s leaving nothing behind except sad memories. Maybe going home and starting a newspaper might be good for him.
While Cavendish works to solve an old mystery he works with Jane who has an unusual gift: She can hold things and see and hear the past. She’s the one who finds the body. Not of the missing women, of the man the daughter was supposedly running away with. So if he’s dead, where is she? And why is his old girlfriend hanging around when she has a hitman coming after her? This was supposed to be a quiet job with no trouble. If all this wasn’t enough, now the witch’s daughter has come to work for him. Just one more complication in his life…
The cast of characters is amazing. There’s the witch, her goth daughter, a young woman with a gift, an old girlfriend, an assassin, a mob member, Cavendish’s sister and the man himself. With a cast like that, you can tell the story will be both exciting and odd. If you like a solid mystery with unique characters, give this one a try.