A Widow’s Curse
Fourth in a series of Fever Devilin mysteries, A Widow’s Curse may be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Set in rural Georgia, with a brief foray into Atlanta, the mystery begins when a man called Shultz calls Fever, a folklore specialist, about an unusual silver coin which has come into his possession. Fever is an ex-academic, but he still has a few professorial friends in the Big City. One of these, an amusing Brit, gives Shultz a ride north for a consultation. Fever is unnerved when initial inquiries about the coin lead him in the direction of his own past and some unpleasant family secrets.
From troubling memories of his magician father and wayward mother, Fever uncovers a crime-filled history for the puzzling coin, one which originates in 18th-century Wales. His research is complicated when there is a murder and someone tries to frame him. Complete with ghosts, down-home cooking, Cherokee Shaman, malevolent attorneys, and plenty of North Georgia color, A Widow’s Curse makes for a lively read with an inventive historical back story.