Date: September 2002
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Mystery / Supernatural
by Bad Magic
Benefield's life has taken a dreadful turn. Her boss, a woman who
seems to hate Sarah for no reason, is murdered - and Sarah is arrested.
Now she must sell the land she loves to pay her legal bills. Her
husband, Paul, turns his back on her. Sarah is frightened - and
alone. She reaches out to someone from her past for help - a private
investigator, Rick Abolon. He asks her to fly to New Orleans - the
city that Sarah's boss, Evelyn Marcus, came from. After receiving
permission from the court in Lawrenceville, Georgia to leave the
state, Rick greets her with a bizarre story that includes Voodoo
and curses, things that Sarah can't accept. Her skepticism is cut
short, however, after an evil Bokor, a practitioner of bad magic,
kidnaps her. As Rick and a local sheriff, along with a female detective,
search frantically for Sarah, a priest of Vodun named Herbie, prepares
to battle the Bokor. The fight becomes even more personal for Priest
Herbie, after the Bokor also kidnaps Herbie's daughter. The confrontation
and the consequences escalate when Bokoraham, the Father of Bad
Magic, is freed from his underworld prison. As the powers of Voodoo
are unleashed, demons and evil spirits turn animals into monsters
that can be defeated only through the good spirits that align themselves
with Sarah, Priest Herbie, and their friends.
Towe has combined mystery and fantasy into an engrossing novel that
is hard to put down. Although she takes a chance by creating characters
and situations that are definitely "over the edge" of
believability, somehow it works to create a wonderful tale that
will leave you breathless. Her thorough research into the Voodoo
religion adds credibility to this novel, making it even more fascinating.
Her imaginative characters and creations are vividly painted and
by Bad Magic will keep you turning the pages. It is entertaining
and different. I thoroughly enjoyed it.