The Death Pit by Tony Strong

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The San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle called The Poison Tree, Tony Strong's first novel, "a perversely compelling upscale erotic thriller, a victory for the guilty pleasure." Now Strong returns with this exquisite,  finely wrought novel of suspense that interweaves a historical mystery with a ghastly contemporary crime.

Scholar Terry Williams plans to go to Babcock Castle in Inverness, Scotland, with one goal in mind: to finish her research on Catherine McCulloch, a 17th-century woman accused of "congress with the devil" and burned at the stake as a witch during Scotland's notorious witch trials, which darkly mirrored those in Salem, Massachusetts, in their ferocity and scope. When Terry arrives, however, she discovers a town obsessed with a more recent death. The dismembered body of a beautiful young woman, Donna Fairhead, has been found on a farm near Babcock. When she hears rumors that Donna was a part of Nineveh, a Wiccan coven, only Terry is able to see the grim connection to Catherine's death almost three hundred years earlier.

As Terry continues her work, she discovers both a town filled with secrets and lies and a truth left buried in Catherine's yellowed letters and the mysterious Book of Shadows. It soon becomes clear that only Terry understands the dimensions of the crimes that have occurred and--unless the puzzle is unraveled in time--are about to happen again.

About Tony Strong

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Tony Strong is a copywriter at one of the largest advertising agencies in England and the author of The Poison Tree. A graduate of Oxford, he lives with his wife in London.
Published January 1, 1999 by DD. 339 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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As Terry, with the ambiguous help of Magnus McCulloch, his wealthy rival David Nicolaides, and a local coven of modern witches, digs deeper into the mystery of Catherine’s execution, archeologist Iain Pullen is digging deeper into the death pit, and layer upon layer of dark secrets—rape, illegiti...

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While investigating whether Catherine was burned at the stake for witchery or lesbianism, Terry becomes distracted by the death of Donna Fairhead, a member of a local Wiccan coven whose corpse is retrieved from a local farmer's pit.

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