The Death Pit

The Death Pit

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
When scholar Terry Williams arrives in Iverness, Scotland, to complete her research on a woman burned at the stake for "congress with the Devil" in the seventeenth century, she finds the city in an uproar over the very recent murder of a young "Wiccan" woman. By the author of The Poison Tree.

Blackwell North Amer
Scholar Terry Williams plans to go to Babcock Castle in Inverness, Scotland, with one goal in mind: to finish her research on Catherine McCulloch, a 17th century woman accused of "congress with the devil" and burned at the stake as a witch during Scotland's notorious witch trials, which darkly mirrored those in Salem, Massachusetts, in their ferocity and scope. When Terry arrives, however, she discovers a town obsessed with a more recent death. The dismembered body of a beautiful young woman, Donna Fairhead, has been found on a farm near Babcock. When she hears rumors that Donna was a part of Nineveh, a Wiccan coven, only Terry is able to see the grim connection to Catherine's death almost three hundred years earlier.
As Terry continues her work, she discovers both a town filled with secrets and lies and a truth left buried in Catherine's yellowed letters and the mysterious Book of Shadows. It soon becomes clear that only Terry understands the dimensions of the crimes that have occurred and - unless the puzzle is unraveled in time - are about to happen again.

Baker
& Taylor

When scholar Terry Williams arrives in Inverness, Scotland, to complete her research on a woman burned at the stake for "congress with the Devil" in the seventeenth century, she finds the city in an uproar over the very recent murder of a young Wiccan woman

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780385333153
0385333153
Characteristics: 387 p. ; 22 cm

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GingerKaren
Aug 26, 2005

This mystery set in Scotland has echoes in our own country. A body found in a death pit on a pig farm is complicated by the research of a student into a 300 year old murder. Terry has traveled to Scotland to complete her theme paper only to find herself part of the investigation that includes confronting a secretive commune who may hold the secret to both cases. Hard to put down, this addictive read is fascinating and full of twists and turns.

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