Saturday, February 27, 2010

'The Charm Stone', Lillian Stewart Carl, 2009, Five Star Publishing/Gale, Cengage Learning

Jean Fairburn, journalist, teams up once again with her significant other, ex-Scottish policeman, Alasdiar Cameron. They have traveled to Williamsburg, VA, to represent Scotland at a posh affair honoring Lord Dunmore, the last British governor of Virginia. Alasdair is the chief of security at Protect and Survive in Scotland and before Jean and Alasdiar depart for the event, find out that the copy of the Dunmore Witch Box has been stolen from Blair Castle back home. The original is in a Williamsburg museum, but two hundred years earlier, a charm stone went missing from the original Witch Box. The plot of the story revolves around the famous stone.

At the beginning of the event which occurs on Halloween, a suspicious death is announced and Lillian Stewart Carl proceeds to unfold a story of ghosts, shadows and murder. She is adept in weaving in so many interesting characters as well as the history of Williamsburg and the detailed descriptions of so many historical buildings.

Legends, myths and truths abound in 'The Charm Stone' and Carl shows her expertise in them and her vast knowledge of American history.

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