Eye of the Witch

Eye of the Witch 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

  • Title: Eye of the Witch
  • Author: Dana E. Donovan
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  • Page: 224
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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.

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  • Dana E. Donovan

    Dana Donovan grew up in New England where folklore and superstitions can mold a town s history as much as its people He exploits that phenomenon in all his books, perpetuating the enigma of small town life and the belief in all that dies is not dead.

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  • A phone rings in the middle of the night, and former police detective Tony Marcella knows who will be on the other end. His friend and partner for thirty years on the force, Carlos Rodriguez, is calling Tony because of a case, which isn't really a case and he needs his former partner's help. The women of New Castle are commiting suicide at an alarming rate. Three women in three weeks, and detective Rodriguez doesn't believe the women, who seemingly have everything to live for, killed themselves, [...]


  • Eye of the witch by Dana E. DonovanThe book seemed like a typical murder mystery, however the smidgen of the occult that was added provided enough spice to lift it above the average murder mystery. I particularly enjoyed the main protagonist being an articulate, dynamic retired person. It's always nice to see that retired people can still be seen as a viable and able to impact events. This is the second book in a series. It was a good read as a stand alone but I suspect it would've been a better [...]


  • I really enjoyed this 2nd book in the Witchy series. was just as good as the first-(The Witches Ladder) I have become fond of Detective Marcella and Lillith. The story contains humour and kept me guessing more or less until the end, with many twists and turns along the waywill be making sure I read the next in the saga:)




  • I found this story very boring. I did manage to finish it though with no real issues, so I'm not sure what made it easier than other boring books I've suffered through?! What year was this story suppose to be taking place in? Some clues we're given and are as follows:-"the last suicide in New Castle was back in '52." But then, at one point Lilith thinks Tony is accusing her of having something to do with Gordon's suicide. The 'last suicide'.-Tony had been going to the Percolater to get coffee wh [...]


  • "Great fun"What fascinated me was the lack of real-time action, yet the tension was maintained throughout. Three females die within days of one another. They appeared to have no immediate connection, and initially the deaths are thought to be suicides. A former detective is called in to assist, on a hunch. Everything is then played out through a detailed police procedural. Immensely detailed; but the humour of the squad room keeps it from getting boring. Layer upon layer of the onion is peeled a [...]


  • Eye of the witch by Donovan. I purchased this in 2012 and have no record of reviewing it. There were parts I remembered but in the most part I didn't so it was an enjoyable romp with Tony Marcella. He's a retired detective whose last unsuccessful case impinges on this one, with forays with Lilith the witch and women suiciding. The case isn't really resolved but there's a twist near the end.



  • Wow. Not at all what I was expecting. Not your typical supernatural book. The twists and turns made my dizzy! Would like to read the whole series. I didn't read the first one yet.



  • Hard boiled delight!The voice of the late middle-aged hard boiled detective in this novel was one of the best I've read in a very long time. I was sucked into this story and couldn't escape until I'd read it from cover to cover. I felt as though I was living and breathing alongside the cRead MoreThe voice of the late middle-aged hard boiled detective in this novel was one of the best I've read in a very long time. I was sucked into this story and couldn't escape until I'd read it from cover to c [...]


  • Retired New Castle Police Detective, Tony Marcella, is asked by his former partner Carlos to help investigate three suicides that Carlos believes are murders. Tony has mixed feelings about this. His last case shook him up enough to retire to Florida. Although the thought of returning makes him uneasy, Tony also realizes that the personal demons destroying his peace of mind need to be put to rest. It isn’t long before Tony and Carlos realize that this increasingly bizarre case could involve sup [...]


  • I got this book as a free download on my Nook. It is the second in the series, and I have not read the first. Reading the first book in the series is not an absolute requirement, as the author does a good enough job of explaining the characters so that the reader is able to follow the story. I would not say the same about the explanation of previous events. The characters keep referring back to what has happened in the past and it got to be a bit annoying after a while because I didn’t know wh [...]


  • For a quick read, this book was alright. I read several reviews before undertaking this one. It was only then that I found out the book was part of a series as such. Many people remarked that because they also did not read the first one, it was difficult if not annoying that there was little to no character introduction. Of course, if we had read the first book, this wouldn't have been an issue. I, for one, didn't find it to be too much of an issue. There were some points where I felt a little b [...]


  • Eye of the Witch 2 is a great read for those cold, dark days when you want to snuggle up with a good book. Lately I have been reading a variety of books – different writing styles and subject matter. I am finding a lot to enjoy in making random choices. There are so many authors our there with good books that seem to get lost in the mass marketing of a handful of authors. It’s too bad because as readers we are missing some really good books.I enjoyed this one immensely. The characters were f [...]


  • Second book in the Detective Marcella series, was a free offer and the first book in the series that I read. I actually enjoyed so much, I bought the first and third books in the series--which is saying something as I'm so frugal in spending. Dana Donovan did an outstanding job, fleshing out the characters, creating idiosyncrasies that make a character. Time and again, characters pop to life, settings are created without the tedium or monotony that so many writers get caught up in. Details matte [...]


  • Detective Marcella is called out of retirement (He's 65 you know, although I never guessed that from the first book) by his old sidekick, hungry Carlos, to investigate a series of bizarre suicides linked to each other by various connections and the Paranormal Research Centre which was the centre of the last series of paranormal murders.A new young detective, Spinelli, is introduced, as well as a new police station equipped with state of the art computer tech.This is far more enjoyable than the o [...]


  • Although this book is the second in a series it is viable as a stand-alone novel. The author gives enough info on the characters previous history together without recapping the entire first book.At times I felt as if Carlos and the main character spoke to each other and interacted like twenty something yr olds, which didn't gel with the fact that they were both older men. The whole retirement and experienced cop image might have fit into the plot, but it didn't fit the character at all.When the [...]


  • This book did not end up being what I thought it was going to be. I mean that in a great way! I thought it was going to be about witches and spells, with maybe a litte mystery thrown in. Instead it had some crime, spells, and mystery all rolled into one great plot! Several woman have committed suicide or so it seems. It is up to detectives to determine what happened to these women, how they died and how they are all interlinked together. EYE OF THE WITCH is a great book with enough mojo to make [...]


  • Again, as you are used to by now, this was a free book from B&N.I was thinking about reading it at all, since it is the second in the series and usually you get a bunch of references to the one that went before. Sometimes that really annoys me about a series of books. I understand why authors do it though.It's not really so bad in this book though! YAYYIt was a bit slow to start, but once it got going it was really a great read.I liked the relationship the detective had with the witch. So wo [...]


  • Honestly, I wasn't quite sure how I felt about this book. I liked the idea that a retired cop could still do so much, and I did enjoy the touch of the occult that went into this novel, but after that the rest of my review will be a little muddled. Granted, I came into this book before reading book 1, and so some of the connections seemed a little far-stretched to me, but there are definitely a few things that I liked and disliked about this particular novel. The conversations and relationships b [...]


  • This was a free book I got from Barnes and Noble, and for a free book, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a murder-mystery, detective novel with a pinch of the occult. I was under the impression that the free version I got wasn't the final, edited copy of the text because the time-lines didn't quite line up or make sense (detectives last case, him moving out of town, the new police station being built and the first few deaths all seem to happen much too fast to be believable). Other than that, a [...]


  • Second book in the series. Main character, Tony Marcella, is not retired and living in Florida. A late night phone call pulls him home and working again with his former partner, Carlos and Carlos's new partner, Dominic. Have enjoyed the fact that Tony is older, looking at the modern world (and his newly discovered belief in witchcraft) through eyes with a little age on them! This book also revives a couple of characters from the first book, most notably Lilith, Tony's friend? nemisis? -- he stil [...]


  • What's not to like about this mystery suspense story. Well let me see a witch and detective how do they connect? Is she guilty? What demons is he carrying? Before you go nuts thinking all paranormal, not necessarily so, but yeah, a witch is there. Supernatural elements but not overwhelming the plot. Murders as stated in the excerpt but how they go about solving the problem, is it suicide or murder. The characters were all likeable and easy to focus on especially Lilith. Not a thriller to freak y [...]


  • A detective story with a paranormal interest. This is the second book in the series apparently and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good story line with a hint of humour, and some great characters. It starts with three women who apparently have committed suicide but upon investigation by retired cop Detective Marcella, the three women had a connection to do with witchcraft and were all killed by the same method which is not obvious due to lots of very clever twists with a very good "unexpected" e [...]


  • Found that a lot of characters were from the first book (which I haven't read yet) & they were introduced into this story with very little background information.The story references back to the first in the series for no particular reason - doesn't seem connected with the plot.Think I would have enjoyed it much more if I'd read them in order. As it is, I'm not tempted to read the first book now as this one was a major spoiler.


  • By the title, I assumed this would be simply a paranormal fiction. But, wow, this is a superb mystery-suspense book with just a little bit of paranormal. Detective Marcella is drawn into an investigation of 3 suspicious suicides within a short period of time. He and his two partners, Rodriguez and Spinella uncover all the bits and find connections among the three. They suspect murder but proving it is the bitch.


  • This was the second in a series. For that reason, it was a little frustrating because there were repeated references to things that would have happened in the first book. It was a mystery involving women committing apparent suicides but under suspicious circumstances. The main character was a recently retired detective who was sort of at loose ends in his retired life. I would recommend this book in a luke warm sort of way.


  • This was a spec fic DNF. Kindle freebie. There is one particular phrase that more or less describes my journey with this book"I thought about the uncertainties that plague nearly all my decisions, the insecurities, inadequacies, lack of satisfaction; the insomnia, mood swings, loss of appetite, feelings of remorse and regret, all of which follow brief but euphoric episodes of self-righteousness and false grandeur"


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