Samantha Ryan is a homicide detective with the Boston Police Department. When she was a child her mother belonged to a powerful coven. The lure of power and greed drove the coven to the black arts. After a failed attempt to raise a demon the entire coven expect for Samantha is killed. The only thing she remembers from that night is the sound of screaming and the smell of blood. The Ryan's took Samantha in, adopted her, and not only gave her a new name but also a new start. Samantha wears a cross and carries a detective’s shield. She believes her past is behind her. Bodies are turning up with occult markings cut into their skin. Someone is trying to rebuild the old coven. Samantha has to go undercover using her birth name to try and stop the deaths. She returns to her childhood home in Salem Village. Samantha goes into this undercover operation knowing that she will not only have to fight the coven but also the lure of the magic. The best weapon she has is her faith but will that be enough to save her soul?
This is Ms. Viguie's first installment in her new series Witch Hunt. This was a very good story and I enjoyed Samantha having to face her past and bring killers to justice. There was not a whole lot of romance in this story but there was enough. The action and mystery will keep you turning the page until the end of the story.
When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archais symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew up in a coven seduced by power and greed. And now she's sure that bad witches have returned to Salem. Reluctantly, Samantha goes undercover-into a town obsessed with black magic, into her terrifying past, and into thedark, newly awakened heart of evil.