Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation

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MURDEROUS SATAN WORSHIPPING WITCHES

When a young woman is ritualistically murdered in her Saint Louis apartment with the primary clue being a pentacle scrawled in her own blood, police are quick to dismiss it as a cult killing. Not one for taking things at face value, city homicide detective Ben Storm calls on his long time friend, Rowan Gant-- a modern day practicing Witch-- for help.

In helping his friend, Rowan discovers that the victim is ...

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Overview

MURDEROUS SATAN WORSHIPPING WITCHES

When a young woman is ritualistically murdered in her Saint Louis apartment with the primary clue being a pentacle scrawled in her own blood, police are quick to dismiss it as a cult killing. Not one for taking things at face value, city homicide detective Ben Storm calls on his long time friend, Rowan Gant-- a modern day practicing Witch-- for help.

In helping his friend, Rowan discovers that the victim is one of his former pupils. Even worse, the clues that he helps to uncover show that this murder is only a prelude to even more ritualistic bloodletting for dark purposes.

As the body count starts to rise, Rowan is suddenly thrust into an investigation where not only must he help stop a sadistic serial killer, but also must fight the prejudices and suspicions of those his is working with-- including his best friend.

About the Author:

Born February 20, 1962, M. R. Sellars has studied many different religions and belief systems, both mainstream and obscure. To this day Sellars remains an avid student of the religious diversity which surrounds us, and often gives group lectures on request in order to help dispel the many myths and misconceptions that surround the practice of  WitchCraft.

An avid member of The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund, Sellars resides in St. Louis with Kathy, his wife of twelve years, and their daughter Willow Ann. Locally, their home is known to be a haven for neglected and abused animals, and the ever changing population stands for the moment at one dog and eight cats. Currently, Sellars is collaborating on a cookbook, as well as researching the third novel in the Rowan Gant Investigation Series.

M. R. Sellars is the recipient of the Linda White Literary Excellence and Silver Quill Awards for the short stories upon which Harm None, the first Rowan Gant Mystery novel is based.

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Editorial Reviews

Kelly von Plonski
There are very few books that I can sit and read in one sitting, and this one [Harm None] kept me sucked in. I was caught between wanting to skip ahead to see what was going to happen, and wanting to savor every passage-not wanting to miss anything!
—Subterranean Books
The Wiccan
...Sellars is a wonderful surprise all around...A good murder mystery has mystery, it has action, it has it’s dark sides, it has plot twists, and it has entertainment value. You can find all of that in this book Harm None.
Pagan Times
Pam Stone
This book Harm None kept me in suspense to the very end...the author’s description of the murders was so real I thought that I might be sick, and I loved it!
—Myshelf.com Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937778026
  • Publisher: WillowTree Press
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Incredible, intriguing, total page-turner!!!! Love the characte

    Incredible, intriguing, total page-turner!!!! Love the characters and the most intense plots ever. His descriptive writings put you right in the middle of everything happening. I'm on my 3rd book of the series in 2 weeks and just can't get enough!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Loved it it is great

    Tells it like it is can't stop reading
    Score one for real Witches

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres. It takes the fantast

    Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres. It takes the fantastic elements of high fantasy and combines it with the gritty “real world” we’re familiar with. And the promise of stories filled with magic, murder and investigation always seems exciting and interesting. Unfortunately, M.R. Sellars’ Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation is neither of these things. The story is predictable, the characters never fully develop and the book never really grabs the reader’s attention.

    Rowan Gant is a freelance computer consultant and practicing witch. When his longtime friend and St. Louis police detective Ben Storm uncovers a pentacle drawn in blood on the wall at a crime scene, Gant is tapped for his insight into the Wiccan religion. After seeing that he knows the victim, Gant becomes even more determined to catch the killer.

    After this, Harm None goes through the predictable motions of a non-thrilling thriller with obvious twists, turns and big red herrings. The action never takes off, the characters don’t feel original and the reader feels no connection to anything. It’s all been done before: Ben is the cop who ignores all the rules to let his friend – who has no investigative experience – help with a serial murder case. We have the cops that believe Rowan is a fraud and tease him like high school jocks would tease a 98-pound mathlete. There’s even an FBI agent who ignores the evidence, takes over the investigation, and forces Rowan and Ben to work outside the law.

    The various grammatical errors make Harm None a chore to read, as well. Sellars tries to cover up these errors – and some narrative ones, too – with an author’s note stating the book is written as seen through Rowan’s eyes and aren’t perfect because Rowan is just human. This is a weak excuse; if this was truly the author’s intention, it was a mistake his editors and agent should have talked him out of as fast as they could.

    Harm None is a cold, dead fish that flops weakly on the bookshelf. The overall premise had some promise but the book fails to fulfill it. If anything, it can serve as a learning experience for the author, who will hopefully stretch his creative muscles more and remove the grammar mistakes next time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    It was different

    It was from the point of view of a Wiccan man. It was a great story, but they focused a lot on the Wicca religion/way of life

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

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    Most Highly recommended!!

    This book is an excellant read when you want to spend many sleepless nights reading because you will not want to put this book down. I have given this book to good friends to read!

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    I never thought a book would trick me....

    As I sit here and think about reading "Harm None", I really cannot put it into words. I got to the second page and couldn't put the book down till I finished it. It captivates your mind and your soul. It makes you think. Don't bet on ever knowing the answer; the next page will dash it in a heartbeat.

    The story unfolds in front of you, but it keeps changing and growing, becoming it's own entity. As if MR Sellars was just typing out while some dark diety controlled him. It has love, hate, gore, truth, fantasy, and well-developed three dimentional characters.

    This book is absolutely captivating, correct in the gore, and proper in the legalities. Rowan is so human it's almost as scary as the mystery. A definite read for anyone...

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    a must-read for any mystery lover

    A perfect blend of fiction, facts, suspense, gore, intriguing plot, and believable characters. I was turned onto M.R. Sellars' books a couple years ago and read them all that summer. I eagerly awaited each new book and look forward to reading anything he writes in the future.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    RGI Series

    What can I say. Excellent book. Murv Sellars is excellent in his story telling. I love the way he exlains what is going on in detail as well as gets you (the reader) up to speed in the history of what is happening. I recommend the Whole Rowan Gant Investigation Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

    i myself am a wiccan and this book was incredible. I am so glad that the author was able to portray wicca for what it really is an earth based goddess worshipping religion no satanic rituals involved

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    Grabbed my attention - wouldn't let go

    I've been yawning all day at work because I couldn't go to bed last night until I finished this book. I didn't expect much because I hadn't heard of this author before -- but I have to believe he will become more well known as time goes on -- he's just too good to remain obscure, even given his unique subject matter. I bought his other four books. I can't wait to read them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    ENGROSSING!

    Engrossing. Sellars sets out to destroy the Hollywood created image of Witches and all that is depicted of `them¿ in movie land. In an almost exposé, Sellars does exactly that when he introduces Rowan Gant to the reading public. HARM NONE is a fast-paced read, full of lessons without preaching. When homicide detective, Ben Storm, approaches his good friend Rowan Gant, he explains that the police need help. A woman¿s body has been found. There are witch symbols painted in blood on the walls, and no one knows what to make of any of it. Gant, knowing the woman who was murdered, explains to Storm that the victim was a leader of a coven. He joins the investigation because he is a well-versed Witch (a good-witch, as Glinda might say). Their search to find the sadistic ritual-killer becomes more apparent as another victim is discovered. Gant believes the killer is not a witch, but wants to be¿only under Hollywood assumptions. The basic rule of WitchCraft is Harm None. This killer is breaking all the rules. From beginning to end, Sellars invites readers into a graphic world of dark mystery and violent intrigue. HARM NONE does more than deliver, it stands out as an icon in the genre that is on the seam of horror and mystery. Sellars knows how to write, to make it all real, and demonstrates this talent chapter, after compelling chapter. I look forward to digesting NEVER BURN A WITCH with relish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2000

    WOW!!

    I cannot read a book unless it grabs me in the first few papges. This book did that and more! M.R. Sellars's writing makes you feel like the action is going on all around you, you are in the middle of it. The charactors are so vivid, they seem real. I was a real pleasure to read a book that can carry it's weight through the whole book. Watch out Stephen King, M.R. Sellars is on the way up!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    Wicked Wiccan Mystery

    I've always had a curious nature when it comes to alternative religions and lifestyles but, moreover, I intensely enjoy a good mystery. Harm None captures you with an expertly woven mystery while secretly dispelling preconceived prejudices concerning alternative beliefs. It kept me spellbound from the first page.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent opening entry

    Those whom practice witchcraft are many things, but most practitioners not all are evil. Wicca followers revere the earth and believe if you harm someone, it will return to you threefold. St. Louis homicide detective Ben Storm enters a crime scene and immediately realizes he must visit his friend Rowan Grant to learn the truth as the locale is filled with arcane symbols. <P>Upon coming on the area where a ritual occurred, Rowan realizes that they are dealing with a dangerous individual who has headed down an extremely darkened path. The perpetrator skinned the living victim before cutting out the heart of the deceased. The culprit completed the ugly actions with an expiation spell that excuses the practitioner from the rebound effect. Using the powers that he has honed over the years, Rowan knows the killer will repeatedly strike again until he achieves his goal. The entire police force want to capture this maniac, but Rowan knows he is the chosen whose life might be forfeited during the upcoming magick battle he knows must come. <P>Anyone familiar with the Wicca religion will quickly realize that M.R. Sellars has done his research because the intricacies of the rituals seem complete and exact. Mr. Sellars demystifies the religion so that the audience will better understand its followers and their beliefs. However, what makes this tale an incredible first entry in a new series is all the background Wicca insight cleverly fits within the superb story line. The mystery is well designed and the cast feels real. Fans of Hamilton and Lackey will want to religiously follow the exploits of Mr. Rowan Grant. <P>Harriet Klausner

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