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Witchcraft in a small New England town typically harkens Salem, Massachusetts. However,
amateur sleuth Nell Fitzgerald finds the upcoming anniversary of Archers Rest, New
York drawing out the town’s own dark history, as well as that of its residents in
Clare O’Donohue’s THE DEVIL’S PUZZLE, the latest Someday Quilts mystery, just published
by Plume Books.
Nell is thrilled when her grandmother Eleanor’s boyfriend plans a double surprise—restoring
the rose garden of her old Victorian house, and a marriage proposal. However, Oliver’s
romantic gestures are unexpectedly put on hold when a skeleton is unearthed in Eleanor’s
backyard. Police Chief Jesse Dewalt begins an investigation and soon the town is
buzzing with theories. Seeing this as a prime tourism opportunity for the upcoming
celebration, the mayor schemes to link the corpse to town founder John Archer—who’s
believed to have practiced witchcraft. Some locals seem to know too much, especially
wealthy and powerful Glad Warren, who suspects the body is the son of the late Grace
Roemer, once a close friend of Eleanor.
For once, Nell vows to stay out of Jesse’s work, instead focusing on organizing a
historic quilt show as part of the festivities. When clues lead to questions about
Elinor’s relationship to the Roemer family, Nell is forced to intervene to try to
uncover the truth. As the anniversary approaches, a chilling wave of vandalism strikes
town hot spots, raising fears that witchcraft has returned, and revealing secrets
that could change life in Archer’s Rest forever.
Clare O’Donohue is a freelance television writer and producer. She has worked worldwide
on a variety of shows for Food Network, the History Channel, and truTV, among others. Missing
Persons marks the debut of the Kate Conway Mystery series. She is also the author
of The Lover’s Knot, A Drunkard’s Path, The Double Cross and The Devil’s Puzzle in
the Someday Quilts series. O’Donohue lives in Chicago, IL. Learn more atwww.ClareODonohue.com