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The Witch Tree (Anna Denning Mystery #1)
     

The Witch Tree (Anna Denning Mystery #1)

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by Karin Kaufman
 
A family tree full of witches. A genealogist determined to find the truth.

Just days before Christmas in the mountain town of 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

Overview

A family tree full of witches. A genealogist determined to find the truth.

Just days before Christmas in the mountain town of 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 witchcraft--reminders of a past she buried long ago--and discover the secret of The Witch Tree.

The Witch Tree is the first book in the Anna Denning mystery series. If you like supernaturally tinged, faith-based mysteries, you'll love this series.

The Witch Tree was a finalist for a Grace Award in the mystery/suspense category.

The Anna Denning Mystery Series in order:

The Witch Tree, book 1
Sparrow House, book 2
The Sacrifice, book 3
The Club, book 4

READERS ON THE ANNA DENNING SERIES

"Beautiful writing, careful plotting, engaging characters and witty dialogue." --A. Harte
"Gripping, edge of your seat, stay up all night reading stories!" --T. Tappan
"Tightly-woven plot, believable and sympathetic characters, terrific suspense, and beautiful writing." --K. Keley
"The books are not scary enough to keep you up at night, unable to sleep with fright, but have just enough of the scare factor to draw you in." --S. Snodgrass

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.
Heather Day Gilbert
This novel delivered on nail-biting suspense. Anna Denning is a character I rooted for throughout, as she deals with her own personal struggles while trying to get to the bottom of a murder. The witchcraft aspects were obviously well-researched, and as a Christian I appreciated the lack of the typical layer of glitz that generally accompanies "the craft" like we see on TV series.
Mallory Heart Reviews
A really engrossing mystery which kept me captivated throughout, THE WITCH TREE is not a paranormal, but a clean Christian mystery with a lot of emphasis on where one's faith is placed. The protagonist is a very empathetic widowed genealogist in small town Colorado. This novel commences the Anna Denning Mystery series, and I can't wait to continue.
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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012778796
Publisher:
Karin Kaufman
Publication date:
01/12/2016
Series:
Anna Denning Mystery , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
25,848
File size:
346 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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The Witch Tree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
a-nonny-mouse More than 1 year ago
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!
LaurelM More than 1 year ago
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!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isn't the romance your used to, 2 people falling in love, nor is it your typical Christmas story!!! This book is like no other, it combines different forms of witchcraft, a murder & crime mystery, Christianity & of course a ill bit of romance all rolled into one AMAZINGLY good book!!!! I've never read anything like it!!! She's definitely raised the bar!
kdj53 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Did not want to put it down. Thanks Leah!
j-dog74 More than 1 year ago
Not a whole lot of suspense.. not much action... but a 'gossipy' good read...
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A little hard to follow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.