Dana E. Donovan grew up in New England where folklore and superstitions can mold a town’s history as much as its people. Such is the phenomenon Donovan exploits in all his books, perpetuating the enigma of small town life and the belief in all that dies is not dead.
Dana, tell us about the Detective Marcella Witch’s series. How many books are in it? What’s it about?
The Marcella Witch’s series revolves around five main characters whose lives thoroughly interconnect and evolve from book to book. There’s witchcraft with paranormal suspense, and of course a mystery, usually a crime mystery. In that respect, I make sure that each book is a capable stand-alone, and that the reader gets a satisfactory resolve to the mystery by book’s end. Yet, it’s the continuing back-story that makes the series what it is; the reader’s investment in the characters keeps them coming back for more. To date, there are 11 books in the series.
What genre is the series and what kind of readers will it appeal to?
The genre is paranormal suspense and mystery, sort of a Mike Hammer meets Harry Potter on steroids. Sorry J.K.
As for what kind of reader it should appeal to, well, it's funny. I’d have thought Stephen King readers would look like the series best. Yet, based on the feedback I see on my fan page, the reader cross-section appears much more diverse. Maybe I didn’t have a clue who was reading Stephen King.
In book 11, a simple burglary escalates into murder when a witness turns up dead at the circus. With few leads and ample suspects, it’s all Tony can do to solve the case before the circus jumps. Complicating matters is Lilith, who suspects something nefarious has been harassing her ailing grandmother, and demands that Tony devote more time looking into the matter before it's too late.
Book 10 in the Detective Marcella Witch's series: The safe is impregnable, the diamonds exceptional and the owners dysfunctional. So how is it that a twenty million dollar fortune could disappear so easily? For the boys of the Second Precinct, the answer is simple. Unfortunately, proving it is not.
The Guardians of Four, keepers of Earth’s elements, are disappearing under strange circumstances. Have they succumbed to a prophetical reality, or merely perpetrated the best internet hoax in recent memory? Either scenario could trigger a battle for control over the fifth element, the quintessential, and the possible survival of every witch on the planet.
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Book 8 in the Detective Marcella Witch’s series finds Tony spearheading a rescue mission to save the kidnapped Leona Diaz. The problem is, to do it, he’ll have to travel to an alternate universe where the laws of physics take a back seat to the unpredictability of a quasi-dimensional reality.
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Book 7 in the Detective Marcella Witch’s series.
When Tony calls on the witches’ coven for help in finding a missing girl, he learns that his reluctance to participate in a ritual with Lilith may have cost him the chance of finding her alive
Book 5 in the Detective Marcella Witch's series finds our detectives investigating the murder of an ex-con paroled from prison eighteen years after pulling off a daring armored car heist and absconding with six million dollars in cash. Now for the unlikely group of suspects in his murder, the question is not who killed Rene Landau; the question is what did he do with the money?
Book 4 in the Detective Marcella Witch's mysteries, shines a light on one of America’s darkest hours when a simple accusation could get a girl hanged. But as Lilith learns, history is always pending, and the art of witch hunting never dies.
In this, book 3 of the Detective Marcella Mysteries, circumstances surrounding an unexplained spike in deaths among homeless men has Tony suspecting paranormal forces are again at work in the town of New Castle. But things get complicated when his investigation is stifled by his hopeless infatuation with a witch who just may be at the heart of the mystery. find more books by this author here.
Book 2 in the Detective Marcella Witch's series: Pride, paranoia and paranormal forces all conspire to derail Detective Marcella’s investigation into a series of suspicious suicides in New Castle, Massachusetts. In this sequel to The Witch’s Ladder, Marcella learns that because of the ties that bind their pasts, every potential victim is also a possible suspect.
Book 1 in the Detective Marcella Witch's Series: A group of individuals proficient in the psychic academia of clairvoyance, mental telepathy and bilocation, working to understand life’s most unusual secrets soon realize that even their abilities of mind over matter can't save them from the blade of the surgeon stalker.
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