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DEVIL'S NIGHT by Todd Ritter

DEVIL'S NIGHT

By Todd Ritter

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-250-02853-2
Publisher: Minotaur

Who’s burning down the historical buildings in Perry Hollow, Penn.?

Police Chief Kat Campbell is awakened by a call notifying her that the Historical Society building is ablaze. As she arrives, she thinks she sees former local reporter Henry Goll, who almost died with her while investigating the Grim Reaper murders (Bad Moon, 2011). Inside the badly damaged building, Kat discovers the body of curator Constance Bishop. Whoever killed Constance with a blunt instrument left her body resting on a trunk filled with old bones. Kat and her little police department have no dearth of help from the state police and her old pal, former state police officer Nick Donnelly, who produces his girlfriend, a forensic pathologist, to help identify the bones. They discover that Constance had been researching the case of a woman burned for witchcraft 300 years ago and had found the resting place of her body. In the meantime, Henry, who tries to avoid Kat, is in town trying to find out more about the flamboyant Italian financier who just bought a local tract of land for unknown purposes. The next building to attract the arsonist’s attention is the inn where Henry is staying. He barely escapes with his life as the building collapses. Nick, less lucky, is hospitalized in critical condition. An exhausted Kat continues to drive herself to identify the killer and the motive for what seem like senseless crimes before the town loses all its historical buildings.

Kat's third shakes up her love life and offers a twisty mystery with enough suspects to keep you guessing to the bitter end.