The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry
I read and very much enjoyed Barry's The Lace Reader in 2007 and the map of true places in 2011, and I was looking forward to this novel set in the same location.
excerpt from Kirkus Reviews:
...It’s 2014, and Rose Whelan, once a prominent historian specializing in the study of the Salem witch trials, is now an addled bag lady who wanders the streets of Salem, accosting passers-by with dire predictions and obsessing about oak trees, Celtic goddesses, and an avenging spirit called a banshee. When a bad-seed teenager who threatens Rose is killed, seemingly by an unearthly shriek, the townsfolk pressure Salem Police Chief John Rafferty, a recovering alcoholic, to reopen a 25-year-old cold case, the 1989 slayings of three wannabe witches in which Rose was implicated but never charged.
Unfortunately, this one did not work at all for me. Kirkus also calls the book, "A flawed but entertaining occult murder mystery." I am afraid that I did not find it very entertaining. As much as I enjoyed The Lace Reader, I found myself plowing through this one. Reviews on Goodreads run the gamut from 2 to 5 stars--so there is a lot of room to disregard my opinion.
Read in Oct.; blog review scheduled for Jan. 7, 2017.
Mystery/Supernatural? Jan. 24, 2017. Print length: 448 pages.