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Strange Magic

Strange Magic

An Essex Witch Museum Mystery

  • Author: Syd Moore
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • ISBN: 1786070995
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 288
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Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while. Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.

Strange Magic

Strange Magic

An Essex Witches Mystery

  • Author: Sydney Moore
  • Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
  • ISBN: 9781786070982
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 288
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Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while. Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.

Strange Sight

Strange Sight

An Essex Witch Museum Mystery

  • Author: Syd Moore
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • ISBN: 1786072068
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: N.A
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Strange Sight is the second novel in a witty commercial trilogy with the winning combination of witches and magic ... and Essex Girls

Strange Fascination

Strange Fascination

An Essex Witch Museum Mystery

  • Author: Syd Moore
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • ISBN: 1786072580
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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It’s summer in Adders Fork. The sun is out, the sky is blue and things are going swimmingly for Rosie Strange, thank you very much. The Essex Witch Museum has been relaunched with a new Ursula Cadence wing and picnic grounds. Then developers roll into the sleepy village to widen the road. When the centuries-old Blackly Be boulder, said to mark the grave of a notorious witch but now in the car park of the Seven Stars, is moved, all hell breaks out. Within hours a slew of peculiar phenomena descends and, when a severed head is discovered atop the boulder, the locals can take no more and storm the Museum to demand someone take action. Can Rosie and Sam unravel the mystery? And what of the ancient treasure that could drastically change someone’s fortunes and offer a motive for murder?

The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool

  • Author: Syd Moore
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN: 1847563007
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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After her world is shaken by a series of unexplained events, young widow Sarah Grey soon comes to realise that she is the victim of a terrifying haunting by her 19th century namesake ... A classic ghost story with a modern twist by a talented new writer in the genre.

Strange Tombs

Strange Tombs

An Essex Witch Museum Mystery

  • Author: Syd Moore
  • Publisher: Essex Witch Museum
  • ISBN: 9781786074485
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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Halloween in Essex, and things are going well for the writers on the Mystery and Suspense course at old Ratchette Hall. Things however take a turn for the downright nasty when early on All Saints Day the course administrator is discovered dead in the hall. Lips drawn back, eyes wide open, his face a mask of utter terror, it looks to all intents and purposes that Graham has been scared to death. When he is found to be clutching a cold stone finger the writers are thrown into confusion and fear, convinced the long dead knights have claimed his soul. But how could the marble effigies have come back to life on Halloween? And why would anyone, dead or alive, want to kill mild-mannered Graham? There is only one way to get to the bottom of the mystery and the Essex Witch Museum investigators are quickly drafted in. Very soon, however, Rosie and Sam realise not everything, and everyone are what they seem at Ratchette Hall, appearances can be deceiving, someone certainly has a grudge. As their investigation progresses they find more questions than answers: who is making the unearthly howling noises late into the night? What is the strange glimmering glimpsed in the woods about the Hall? Why is one of the church crusaders missing a finger? And what of the enigma of the ancient empty tomb? When another one of the writers turns up dead Rosie and Sam realise strange forces are at play. The pair must use their experience of folklore, mystery and magic as well as their wits to solve the mystery before the body count grows.

Essex Witches

Essex Witches

  • Author: Peter Brown
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0750957956
  • Category: History
  • Page: 160
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Medieval folk had long suspected that the Devil was carrying out his work on earth with the help of his minions. In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII declared this to be true, which resulted in witch-hunts across Europe which lasted for nearly 200 years. In 1645, England (notably Essex) was in the grip of witch fever. Between 1560 and 1680 in Essex alone 317 women and 23 men were tried for witchcraft, and over 100 were hanged. Essex Witches recounts many of the local common folk who were tried in the courts for their beliefs and practice in herbal remedies and potions, and for causing, often by their familiars, the deaths of neighbors and even family members, and had meted out the harshest penalties for their sorcery and demonic ways.

The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool

  • Author: Ross Macdonald
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • ISBN: 0307759628
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face down in the family pool, the prime suspects are her good-for-nothing son and his seductive teenage daughter. In The Drowning Pool, Lew Archer takes this case in the L.A. suburbs and encounters a moral wasteland of corporate greed and family hatred—and sufficient motive for a dozen murders.

Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt

  • Author: Syd Moore
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN: 0007478488
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 446
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A chilling, haunting ghost story that delves into the dark past of the 16th century Essex witch trials.

Shadowland

Shadowland

  • Author: Peter Straub
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101665505
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 480
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You have been there… if you have ever been afraid. Come back. To a dark house deep in the Vermont woods, where two friends are spending a season of horror, apprenticed to a Master Magician. Learning secrets best left unlearned. Entering a world of incalculable evil more ancient than death itself. More terrifying. And more real. Only one of them will make it through.

The Vesuvius Club

The Vesuvius Club

A Lucifer Box Novel

  • Author: Mark Gatiss
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1847396674
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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An Extraordinary and Death-Defying Tour of Edwardian Low Life and High Society, accompanied by our host Lucifer Box Esq - artist, dandy, rake ... and lethal secret agent. Lucifer Box is the darling of the Edwardian belle monde - society's most fashionable portrait painter is a wit, a dandy, a rake, the guest all hostesses (and not a few hosts) must have. But few know that Lucifer Box is also His Majesty's most accomplished and daring secret agent. Beneath London's façade of Imperial grandeur and divine aesthetes seethes an underworld of crazed anarchists, murder, and despicable vice, and Box is at home in both. And so of course when Britain's most prominent scientists begin turning up dead, there is only one man his country can turn to. Lucifer Box ruthlessly deduces and seduces his way from his elegant townhouse at Number 9 Downing Street (all his father left him), to private stews of London and the seediest, most colourful back alleys of Italy, in search of the mighty secret society that may hold the fate of the world in its claw-like hands - the Vesuvius Club.

Strange Practice

Strange Practice

  • Author: Vivian Shaw
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • ISBN: 0316434612
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead. Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life, until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life. Strange Practice is the first novel in Shaw's debut series, the Dr. Greta Helsing Novels.

The Witchfinder's Sister

The Witchfinder's Sister

  • Author: Beth Underdown
  • Publisher: Viking
  • ISBN: 9780241978047
  • Category:
  • Page: 400
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"Do you believe in the devil? Not so long ago I too would have scoffed. Now - now I am not so sure.' 1645. Alice Hopkins returns in disgrace, husbandless and pregnant, to her brother Matthew's house in the small Essex town of Manningtree. When she left, Matthew was an awkward boy, bullied for the scars that disfigure his face. But the brother Alice has come back to is like a different person. Now Matthew has powerful friends, and mysterious business that keeps him out late into the night. Then the rumours begin- whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which Matthew is gathering women's names. Just how far will Matthew's obsession drive him? And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?"

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

  • Author: J. W. Ocker
  • Publisher: The Countryman Press
  • ISBN: 1581575548
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 240
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Edgar Award-winning travel writer spends an autumn living in one of America's spookiest tourist destinations: Salem, Massachusetts Salem, Massachusetts, may be the strangest city on the planet. A single event in its 400 years of history—the Salem Witch Trials of 1692—transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in America. But Salem is a seasonal town—and its season happens to be Halloween. Every October, this small city of 40,000 swells to close to half a million as witches, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts (and their admirers) descend on Essex Street. For the fall of 2015, occult enthusiast and Edgar Award–winning writer J.W. Ocker moved his family of four to downtown Salem to experience firsthand a season with the witch, visiting all of its historical sites and macabre attractions. In between, he interviews its leaders and citizens, its entrepreneurs and visitors, its street performers and Wiccans, its psychics and critics, creating a picture of this unique place and the people who revel in, or merely weather, its witchiness.

The Book of Bera

The Book of Bera

  • Author: Suzie Wilde
  • Publisher: Unbound Publishing
  • ISBN: 1783522798
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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Born and raised in a stark, coastal village on the shore of the Ice-Rimmed Sea, Bera is the daughter of a Valla, the Vikings’ most powerful seers. But her mother died when she was young, leaving Bera alone with her gift, unable to control her feckless twin spirit or understand her visions of the future. When this inability leads to the death of her childhood friend at the hands of a rival clan, Bera vows revenge. And learning that her father has sold her into marriage with the murderous enemy’s chieftain, she is presented with an opportunity even sooner than she had hoped... As her powers grow stronger, her visions of looming disaster become more and more ominous until she is faced with the ultimate choice: will she exact vengeance? Or can she lead her people to safety before it’s too late?

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

A Novel

  • Author: Matthew Sullivan
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1501116843
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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When Joey Molina kills himself in the Bright Ideas bookstore's upper room, clerk Lydia's life comes unglued. As she untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood.

The Penguin Book of Witches

The Penguin Book of Witches

  • Author: Katherine Howe
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
  • ISBN: 014310618X
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 294
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A chilling, truly authoritative anthology of real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial AmericaFrom a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witchesis a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

Rotherweird

Rotherweird

  • Author: Andrew Caldecott
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
  • ISBN: 9781784297633
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 464
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'Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties' - Hilary Mantel Twelve children, gifted far beyond their years, banished by their queen and given sanctuary at Rotherweird. Some say they are the golden generation; some say the devil's spawn. But everyone knows there is something to be revered - and feared. Four and a half centuries on, the town of Rotherweird is still bound by the Elizabethan laws that keep it isolated from the rest of England, any study of its past forbidden. Then an Outsider arrives: a man of unparallelled wealth and power, enough to buy the town of Rotherweird - deep-buried secrets and all . . . 'Enthralling' - M.R. CAREY

Dreadful Company

Dreadful Company

  • Author: Vivian Shaw
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • ISBN: 0316434647
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 448
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Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well for generations. When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen -- and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera. Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires -- and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men's bones. Dr. Greta Helsing novelsStrange PracticeDreadful Company

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

  • Author: E.L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781442431263
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 176
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2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved classic From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere -- to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.