From the author of ""Hunter's Dance"" comes the newest mystery featuring 1950s Township Constable John McIntire, ever reluctant to police his neighbors in St. Adele, Michigan. When two skeletons are discovered buried in a cistern, McIntire struggles to solve the two-decades-old murders.
|Publisher:||Poisoned Pen Press|
|Series:||John McIntire Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.84(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.17(d)|
About the Author
Kathleen Hills spent the first forty years of her life in rural northern Minnesota before leaving for the real world and a career in speech and language pathology. After determining that ten years in the real world should be all that is demanded of anyone, she turned to writing. Her first novel, Past Imperfect, is available from Poisoned Pen Press. Kathleen divides her time between her home in Duluth, Minnesota and North Scotland and is currently at work on a third John McIntire mystery.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In 1951 St. Adele, Michigan, an ice storm knocks down a giant pine tree on the property of Mia and Nick Thorsen, who investigates the damage only to find money, Teddy Falk¿s passport and papers in the uprooted WITCH CRADLE roots. Their neighbor Constable John McIntire visits the Thorsens to see if they are okay they show him the find, which leads him to wonder if something sinister occurred at the Falk farm years ago. McIntire believes that Finnish-Americans Rose and Teddy Falk, who along with several compatriots, relocated to Karelia in the Soviet Union in 1934. He visits the abandoned Falks farmstead finding the remains of two people inside a cistern. --- As McIntire investigates the double homicide of the Falks, FBI agent Fratelli, in between his mission to destroy local Communists, tells the constable that Teddy lives in Detroit, having just come back from Russia. While the townsfolk including John¿s wife Leonie want the case dropped, Fratelli uses the homicides to further his agenda. As the Red Scare surfaces including questions about where was McIntire in 1948, the constable follows clues that may lead to his destruction. --- WITCH CRADLE is a superb historical mystery that provides insight into two related eras, 1934 and 1951, linked by Communism. The action-packed police procedural contains a strong cast who react differently to each clue that McIntire uncovers as the specter of the Federal witch hunt frightens everyone even the lead cop. However, the story line belongs to the supporting historical tidbits that showcase the Depression Era migration of thousands of American-Finns from Minnesota and Michigan to Soviet Karelia and the anti-communist crusade of the McCarthy period. Kathleen Hills provides an insightful educating, yet definitely entertaining who-done-it. --- Harriet Klausner