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A WIDOW’S CURSE: A FEVER DEVILIN MYSTERY
PHILLIP DEPOY
ISBN# (10): 0-373-26641-3/ (13): 978-0-373-26641-8
July 2008
Harlequin/WorldWide Library
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3BK9
Paperback
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
251 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Fever Devilin is a university professor and folklorist who lives in the Appalachia. When he receives a phone call from a man exploring a mysterious coin, he is not certain if it is for real, but decides to invite him to come to his home so they can study the medallion.

Dr. Winton Andrews is a bona fide college professor, a Shakespeare scholar, and a good friend of Fever. He is called upon to bring Carl Shultz to Fever’s home concerning a piece of folk art from the Blue Mountain.

After receiving a phone call surrounding a medallion from the Blue Mountain region, the sleuth in Fever is curious. He enlists his last good friend from his academic life, Winton, to bring Carl to his home. Once Carl arrives, they will investigate the coin. If it does have something to do with the region, it could hold valuable information. Fever already has dealt with skeletons while growing up in the mountains. His great grandfather, Conner Devilin, knew about the Barnsley curse. There were baffling items that Fever kept in a trunk since his father’s death, and with the medallion, perhaps he can learn more about his history. While doing the research on the coin, it appears the mystery with the curse grows, and after a murder, Fever questions if the coin is connected in some way with his family, or is he being conned?

A Widow’s Curse is without doubt a book I should have read during the day hours. At times I got the willies when I read about the Barnsley Curse and the ghostly figures. The setting with the backdrop being in the Blue Hill Mountains is scenery I was able to identify. I also love the bringing in of the Cherokee. Mr. DePoy takes well developed characters and blends in elements of intrigue, artifacts, and other heart-pounding moments that carry the audience on a mesmerizing roller coaster ride. The sharp dialogue keeps the reader thoroughly engaged in a mystery I enjoyed.

Cherokee
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