The Witch Tree (Anna Denning Mystery #1) [NOOK Book]

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Four days before Christmas in Elk Park, Colorado, genealogist Anna Denning discovers a client’s body. When she starts asking questions no one wants answered, she becomes the killer’s next target. Still grieving the death of her husband, Anna must draw on her wounded faith to enter a world of wicca and ...
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The Witch Tree (Anna Denning Mystery #1)

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Overview

Four days before Christmas in Elk Park, Colorado, genealogist Anna Denning discovers a client’s body. When she starts asking questions no one wants answered, she becomes the killer’s next target. Still grieving the death of her husband, Anna must draw on her wounded faith to enter a world of wicca and paganism—reminders of a past she buried long ago—and discover the secret of The Witch Tree.

What readers are saying:

“This is not your typical bubble-gum Christian fiction. This story has guts.”
“Anna truly has a gift for witty comebacks.”
“There's action right at the beginning--no wading through half the book.”
“Make[s] you want to grab your coat and a cup of hot chocolate.”
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Editorial Reviews

Author of Paper Roses and Tomorrow's Garden - Amanda Cabot
I love mysteries, particularly cozies, and this is the best one I've read in many years. I was hooked from the moment genealogist Anna Denning discovered a dead body and simply couldn't put the story down. Beautiful writing, careful plotting, engaging characters and witty dialogue--this book has it all. I highly recommend The Witch Tree to anyone who enjoys either mysteries or suspense.
Author of On the Soul of a Vampire - Krisi Keley
The Witch Tree, is, hands down, one of my favorite novels this year for a host of reasons, not the least of these being the outstanding writing.... The novel's spirituality is a subtle one--there for those who believe a story lacks without it, as a person's worldview is fundamental to his or her character, but not thrust on those who are only looking for an exciting mystery.
Krisi Keley, author of On the Soul of a Vampire
The Witch Tree is, hands down, one of my favorite novels this year for a host of reasons, not the least of these being the outstanding writing.... The novel’s spirituality is a subtle one--there for those who believe a story lacks without it, as a person's worldview is fundamental to his or her character, but not thrust on those who are only looking for an exciting mystery.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012778796
  • Publisher: Karin Kaufman
  • Publication date: 7/16/2011
  • Series: Anna Denning Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 336,252
  • File size: 338 KB

Meet the Author

Karin Kaufman writes cozy mysteries with an edge. Her debut novel, The Witch Tree, is the first in her Anna Denning mystery series. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Karin lives near the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with Sophie and Cooper, her crazy but lovable shelter dogs.
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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    Doesn't read like a debut

    If you picked this book up for a heartwarming Christmas tale filled with sugar cookies and little elves, you're not going to get it. What you are going to get, is a great book filled with action, suspense, and a tinge of romance. Follow along and sit on the edge of your seat as spunky Anna Denning is unceremoniously swept away into the mystery of The Witch Tree.

    It was supposed to be a simple job. Research Susan Muncy's family tree. But only the female lineage. Deliver it personally and get paid. What she didn't bargain for was being the first to happen upon a dead body. That of Susan Muncy herself.

    The action fast and enjoyable, the writing easy to follow, and the plot just right, Karin Kaufman is a force to be reckoned with. If this is her debut novel, watch out all you cozy mystery lovers, you're going to have a new favorite. My advice to you readers? Make sure you have a whole day to read set aside as you will not want to put it down. My advice for Ms. Kaufman? Write faster - you have whetted our appetites for good mysteries, and we want more!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Colorado Mystery With A Twist

    Anna Denning is my kind of heroine. She really isn't the type to stick her nose where it doesn't belong, but when she is threatened she's smart and strong. She's also stubborn enough to provide a whole lot of suspense for her readers. I'm not sure how the author did it, but this book delves into murder and creepiness and still evokes an inspirational, Christmas-in-the-mountains feel. Cozy mystery at its best!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Good, but does not deal truthfully with the world of witches and demons.

    The author had a great story going until she decided to portray the witches and demons as just misguided bullies. By leading readers to think they can deal with spiritual warfare by simply standing up to them by calling their bluff is very dangerous. These are Satan worshipers, not neighborhood bullies!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    The Witch Tree by Karin Kaufman is a Christian novel about a wom

    The Witch Tree by Karin Kaufman is a Christian novel about a woman who unwittingly gets involved with a group of modern day witches and must protect her reputation and ultimately, her life. Anna Denning makes her living as a genealogist, researching other people’s family trees. When she shows up at a client’s house with her findings, she discovers the woman dead. Thus begins a tale that takes us into the minds and hearts of modern day witches, wiccans, druids and covens. Unknown to Anna, she was hired by a powerful practicing witch that has set up shop in the small tourist community where Anna lives. She soon finds herself in the witch’s ‘bad books’ as she tries to keep her good name intact and find out who really killed Sarah Muncy. I enjoyed the book for its mystery and the complexity of the tale. There was a lot of information about modern day occultish practices, which was interesting but not really up my alley. It was obvious that the author did her homework, though, so those that are interested in that topic will be pleased. As a Christian novel, it did not come across as preachy. Anna is a woman of faith, but she doesn’t try to convert everyone. Sometimes she seemed a bit headstrong – even foolish – in the way she jumped into the fray, but since this is a series, it is probably a character trait we will see in future instalments. I would recommend this book to Christian readers who are interested in the current culture’s fascination with witchcraft and paganism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Great srory Great story!

    Did not want to put it down. Thanks Leah!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Great Read!

    At over 500 pages it was a bargain. It was also a good read. As a Christian, I wasn't sure I would like it, but it did not glorify witchcraft or the occult. While it didn't preach, it is a Christian book.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Quick read...

    Not a whole lot of suspense.. not much action... but a 'gossipy' good read...

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