Stella Hunter is an obsessive reader of all myths and legends. She and her long-time boyfriend, Carter, go to visit their old friend and priest at his church. There the journey begins when Carter sees an old Oriental couple pray, then leave the worship decades younger than when they walked in minutes before. Their story surrounds a bizarre and poorly chiseled granite statue delivered to the church. But is it just an ugly statue? They all too soon discover it is an emissary out of folklore legend, tempting and granting wishes, with an unfortunate trade-off for its victims.
The new world order is getting ready to rule the world. Racing into action it quickly becomes clear for the retired FBI contractor, Carter, and his gregarious partner, the mythology expert, Dr. Stella Hunter, that the past is not over for them, as unsolved mysteries become key in finding the truth about what happened in the Detroit cathedral.
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This is a brilliant series that has really captured my attention. It’s definitely a series that you want to start on book 1, so you don’t miss anything of this wonderful plot and great characters. Book 1 is ‘Ribbons of Death’ & book 2 is ‘The Harmony Scroll’, and they are both well worth a read. One of the things that sets this series apart and makes it such an enjoyable read, is that you never really know when the curse of the Peacetaker is going to pop up. I quite enjoy the history, and when the Author takes us back in time. Carter thought he was hallucinating inside the Saint Hedwig’s Church while he was waiting for Stella. Not having anything to do while he waited, he watched an old Asian couple take in turns to kneel while they prayed. His problem began when they walked past him to leave that he saw them as a much younger Asian couple from when they walked in, and he thought his eyes must be playing tricks on him. Later when the Detroit Newspaper reported that there could be a fountain of youth in the church, and they reported on what happened to the same Asian couple, that everything started to take a turn. When Carter and Stella were in the church Father Malvern showed them a statue that had turned up unannounced, and he could have sworn that is bled tears like a stigmata the night before. All Stella wanted to do was see Father Malvan to have a look at some ancient texts he may have brought back from the Sintorini Monastery that he may have in his archives. Stella was writing a new book, and in it she wanted to show what a fraud one of her fellow academics was, with what he was claiming in his book. However Carter and Stella had no idea that this would lead them in another direction. Father Malvern called them from Savannah and asked that they both come down immediately to assist him. He had fled Detroit and sent the statue to Savannah, so it could be sent onto Peru. As that’s where he thought it belonged. Stella and Carter had thought that they had defeated the curse for the Peacetaker, but they didn’t realise that the ‘Set’ could shape change into any form it wanted, and at the moment it was the statue. The scary thing was that it could shape change into a human form. A fabulous book by a talented Author. Do yourself a favour and add these books to your reading list.
I was given an advanced copy in return for an honest review. This is the third novel in the Stella Hunter Mystery series. Stella and her ex-husband are investigating another case. This time, it involves an old text, from the Byzantine era, a sunken ship, and a treasure map. In addition, a mysterious statue and a strange occurrence at Saint Hedwig's church, in Detroit, really adds to this religious mystery. This was my first book in the series, and I think I would have had a better understanding of the character's back story, if I had read the first two books. Still, wonderful mystery. I enjoyed how vivid the scenes were described. I could tell much thought and research was put into the historical, and religious, pieces of this novel. This book kept me guessing! Very entertaining read!! - Sarah