Never Burn a Witch: A Rowan Gant Investigation

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Take one part twisted sociopath and add a double shot of psychosis-fueled misinterpretations of Bible scripture and prophecy, then toss in a copy of a fifteenth-century Witch hunting manual known as the Malleus Maleficarum. Mix well. What do you get? An even more twisted sociopath who now believes he is on a divine mission from God to single-handedly resurrect the Inquisition of medieval Europe-and he is armed with the instructions for doing ...
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Overview

Take one part twisted sociopath and add a double shot of psychosis-fueled misinterpretations of Bible scripture and prophecy, then toss in a copy of a fifteenth-century Witch hunting manual known as the Malleus Maleficarum. Mix well. What do you get? An even more twisted sociopath who now believes he is on a divine mission from God to single-handedly resurrect the Inquisition of medieval Europe-and he is armed with the instructions for doing so.

Set him loose on the world and he becomes a serious problem.

Set him loose in Saint Louis and he becomes my serious problem.

My name is Rowan Gant. The police call me their "Occult Practices and Alternative Religions Consultant." That is just their media-friendly spin on what I really am-that being the unofficial Witch of the Major Case Squad.

You see, there is a bit more to me than just a cranium filled with arcane knowledge of religious history and the occult. I also have this unwanted affliction-I can hear the voices of the dead. To be specific, I hear murder victims crying out to me from the dark hereafter. The more heinous their deaths, the louder they are. Not all Witches can hear them. I'm just unlucky that way, I guess.

At any rate, you can rest assured, given the torture and murder spree this latest psycho is on, the din inside my head right now is damn near unbearable...

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What People Are Saying

Boudica
Mr. Sellars presents us with an excellent offering of mystery/suspense. From the opening pages to the cliff hanger ending, it's a "can't put it down" novel! (Boudica, The Wiccan - Pagan Times)
Dorothy Morrison
M.R. Sellars, Pagan master of suspense, does it again! If you only read one book this year, make it Never Burn a Witch. It's a tale so realistically terrifiying, that the memory will haunt you forever. (Dorothy Morrison, Author of Everyday Magic and The Craft)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967822112
  • Publisher: Willowtree Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    Wonderful Read

    The Rowan Gant Investigation series is a wonder read involving occult murders, police chases, and the witch's that help the police solve the murders. It is a series that is very hard to put down. The author, M. R. Sellars, leaves us wanting more form one book to the next. I very much so recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Edge of the Seat Reading

    As soon as I finished Harm None, M.R. Sellars had a fan. The second book in the Rowan Gant series was as good as the first. Not only does the author do a wonderful job of explaining the Wiccan religion throughout the book, the plot is as good as any Dan Brown could conceive.

    Rowan and his friend Ben, who is in the St Louis, Mo police force, have another set of murders to solve. This time involving a killer that appears to think he is part of the medievel inqusition. (How many SANE serial killers have you heard of?). Not only do we have these strange murders, occult symbols and bible passages, Rowan himself has been put on the killers hit list.

    This book of Pagan fiction appeals to all who love a good book. Even my Christian friends enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2004

    A brilliant follow-up to his first book

    I read the second installment in the Rowan Gant series feeling that he'd have a hard time holding my interest after the great job he'd done the first time -- but he hadn't used up everything! Another great story, another page turner, more interesting characters - some to love and some to hate. This guy knows how to spin a tale.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent paranormal police procedural

    Six months ago, Wiccan disciple Rowan Gant helped the St. Louis police department, especially his friend Detective Ben Storm, catch a serial killer. The culprit was a former witch who went down the dark road ultimately skinning his victims alive. Rowan used his occult powers to stop him. <P>Ben has become Rowan¿s staunchest supporter and has arranged for the latter to provide a talk on being a witch to the police force. On the day of Rowan¿s first discussion, Ben asks for his help on a homicide case. Rowan notices on the corpse there are occult symbols that were used by the Inquisition torturers. He relives the woman¿s final moments and realizes that the murderer is a witch hunter who uses the same methods employed by the Inquisition to get victims to betray friends. Three more deaths follow with neither Rowan nor the police any closer to solving the homicides even with someone on the ethereal plane trying to lead Rowan to the killer. <P> A mystery novel starring a witch as the key protagonists may seem unbelievable, but M.R. Sellars shows his talent by bringing credence to the concept. The realistic story line portrays witches as people practicing an alternate religion that has nothing to do with the superstitious belief that Wicca equals Satan worship. The mystery rings true in this supersonic jet paced plot. The delightful main characters will convince the audience to NEVER BURN A WITCH, but instead should read a powerful paranormal who-done-it that would be a crime to miss. <P>Harriet Klausner

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