The Witches' Hammer

The Witches Hammer A respected surgeon and rare book collector is brutally murdered in his elegant Manhattan home just hours after showing a book dealer the fifteenth century manual of black magic a grimoire he d recei

  • Title: The Witches' Hammer
  • Author: Jane Stanton Hitchcock
  • ISBN: 9780451185082
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • A respected surgeon and rare book collector is brutally murdered in his elegant Manhattan home, just hours after showing a book dealer the fifteenth century manual of black magic a grimoire he d received from a grateful patient Now the healer s blood is everywhere and only the priceless grimoire is missing The horrific death of her beloved father has shattered Beatrice OA respected surgeon and rare book collector is brutally murdered in his elegant Manhattan home, just hours after showing a book dealer the fifteenth century manual of black magic a grimoire he d received from a grateful patient Now the healer s blood is everywhere and only the priceless grimoire is missing The horrific death of her beloved father has shattered Beatrice O Connell s quiet, sane, and orderly world Only by tracking down the vanished malevolent tome with its dark spell and salacious illustrations can she hope to put things right But the search is leading Beatrice, her ex husband, and a mysterious occultist into an expanding labyrinth of powerful evils, a tangled web that reaches as far as the Vatican itself What coveted secrets are hidden in the missing volume that threaten to turn Beatrice into precisely what her unseen and unrelenting enemies are determined to destroy

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    1. Was eine spannende Geschichte über Hexenverfolgung und ein kostbares altes Buch über schwarze Magie sein könnte, entwickelt sich von Seite zu Seite zu einem dümmlichen Plot. Um der Bibliophilen-Geschichte den nötigen Kick zu verleihen, lässt die Autorin ihre Heldin einen sexuellen Selbstfindungstrip durchleben, bei dem sie sie mit verschiedenen Männer ihre verschiedenen, unter anderen sadomasochistischen Bedürfnisse ausleben lässt (damit es am Ende ein Happy End geben kann, verlieren ih [...]

    2. Periodically, I'll read books solely because the title grabs me. Case in point: "The Witches' Hammer". As it turns out, the book is a mystery in the Knights Templar/church mythology genre, which was a pleasant surprise. I wish I could say the same after having read the book. The premise of the book - 35 year old divorcee discovers her father's murder is tied to a grimoire that he recently acquired, and goes on a quest to avenge his death, discovering church intrigue and pagan knowledge along the [...]

    3. Addictive funI chose this book hoping for one thing but was treated to another. Five stars because it kept me hooked and ended up a "one sitting" read. (I love it when that happens!!)Were there moments of suspending my realistic beliefs, yes. Were there some moments of "how many lives does this kitty (woman) have?", yes. But don't you see?? Thats the fun of fiction for me. I get to check out of my world and into the authors. My only real disappointment was the story finished. Fun ride on a day o [...]

    4. The lesson I learned from reading The Witches' Hammer is this: just because it says 'Hitchcock' on the cover, no matter how much I may want it to, this does not mean I'm about to read a deliciously complicated mystery worthy of old Alfred. And this is my own damn fault, because a big part of why I bought this book is because the name 'Hitchcock' grabbed me. Sure, not Alfred. But once the name got my attention, I read the blurb and saw a review snippet that called the thing 'elegant', so I though [...]

    5. The only reason I finished it is because I did not want to let the $7 or so I paid on Kindle go to waste - but it would have been wiser to just toss the book and say good bye to the money. What a horrible read! While easy to read in terms of language and writing style (which helped me to quickly skip across pages after the first half or so, the only way I could handle this!), the content was so ridiculous (what did I expect from a book with that title?), far fetched, silly, cliche, and, at times [...]

    6. I found this a very unusual, confounding, but ultimately quite enjoyable read.The book starts out well, with the murder of the the father of the main character - Beatrice [that's not a spoiler - it's noted right in the book's jacket] setting off a chain of ominous and exciting events that turn her previously safe and uneventful life completely upside down, and start her on a hunt for not only the murderer, but the answer to what is behind the book she believes is at the heart of these shocking e [...]

    7. Not the best book I've read, but engaging. I reacted to this the same way I did to DAVINCI CODE--not the most technically strong book with many flaws (1D and 2D characters, "coinky-dinks" up the wazoo, serious suspension of disbelief moments, etc.) but it kept me turning the pages through to the end. It'd be a good read for fans of DAVINCI CODE, though this one deals with a medieval grimoire linked to the Malleus Maleficarum and the witchhunts of the Inquisition. It's also got a lot more sex sce [...]

    8. I liked this book but didn't quite follow the whole feminism thing going on. The story revolves around Beatrice, whose father is murdered when he receives a grimoire from a patient. Beatrice must then find her father's murderer and avenge him. It is an interesting story but weird to read how the author feels that all women are still prejudiced against due to the medieval book The Witches' Hammer.

    9. Ah, man. I hate to write anything negative, and I rarely do, since this is a Published Author (aka, God) and I am a humble piece of fuzz on the peach of life. But, wow. Predictable political screed, weird (and not in a good way), and seriously tedious. And I wanted to like anything by this author so much. Sorry.

    10. I'm disappointed because I rather liked her first book, Trick of the Eye. Until the not-so-believable way the police handled the main character after the murder, I was OK. It went downhill fast for me after that. I made it to page 57 before giving it up.

    11. I really give it about 3 and a half stars. It was entertaining, but nothing I would go screaming to my friends about. The feminist themes seemed a little forced, but I enjoyed the action and mystery.

    12. An good story with a number of nice twists. It was a fast read, and kept me interested. I don't think I will intentionally seek out more books by Jane, but I am not averse to trying something else from her.

    13. such a nice read! Very entertaining and gripping, only quite predictable and towards the end a bit dissapointing as well. I did not like the sexual revelations but thankfully it was quite possible to read the book without noticing it too much. Quite a nice read all in all.

    14. About half way through. I'm not that into it. Don't like it as much ass "Mortal Friends" which is the first book I read by Stanton

    15. This story was entertaining because of what happens when ultra conservative forces have their way.

    16. Very different than her other novels. This one features some supernatural elements and has a more macabre feel to it.

    17. I love books about rare books, conspiracies, secret societies, treasure hunts, etc. Because of that personal preference, I would have given this a 5 if not for stupid heroine syndrome.

    18. This book held my attention. Somewhat scary dealing with witchcraft and the inquisition in modern day. I found the main character to be a bit different in the beginning.

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