The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Brief Review of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe

Killer concept, isn’t it? Young woman with untapped witchcraft ability finds herself seeking more information about Salem witches? It just didn’t work for me, though.

Connie Godwin’s flaky mother insists that the overburdened Harvard grad student move into her late grandmother’s abandoned house and get it ready for sale. And Connie comes across a mysterious scrap of paper and a key, and ends up tracking down the story of Deliverance Dane and the Salem witch trials. I do like the woo-woo, supernatural detective stories, and I enjoyed this one while I was reading it, but it didn’t really make much of an impression. It was almost as if Howe was writing from a checklist instead of an outline. It wasn’t bad, but I wish it had been better.

As for animals, Connie’s “familiar” is a dog, as a change from the usual cat. Arlo comes to no harm and plays a role in the mystery. So this book is SAFE for animal lovers.

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February 25, 2011 - Posted by | beach book, Book Reviews, families, Uncategorized | , , ,

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