Chris and Alicia Mallory said the next time trouble came knocking, they weren’t answering the door. But sometimes trouble doesn’t knock. Sometimes it’s slipped into the mailbox where it sits and waits and festers until someone comes to open it and then no one can escape its spell.
Animal sacrifice! The people of Dunbarton are in shock. How could something like that happen in their lovely, lakeside town? Who in their midst could do such a despicable thing?
The answer is given to them in venomous whispers – a newcomer, a stranger, someone different from them. Anger boils. Whispers start. Fingers point. Evil has come to their town and they know who is responsible. Now what should they do about it?
Chris and Alicia have had enough of suspicious death. After their last encounter they vowed to steer clear of any new investigations and, this time, they meant it. But when an anonymous letter campaign blames the spate of ritualistic killings of animals on the local community of Wiccans, and Lucia Lamb, the Coven leader, turns over the Death card and reaches out to them for help, they find themselves once more in pursuit of a dangerous killer.
As the death toll rises, and animal sacrifice turns into murder, it becomes apparent that Death is stalking the two-footed as well as the four. Is no one safe in Dunbarton? With their lives on the line, will Lucia and Alicia be forced to break the Wiccan Rede – Harm None? Does the Tarot hold the key to learning the truth and bringing the guilty to justice or will the Death card hold true for them, too?
Scapegoat is the fourth novel in The Dunbarton Mysteries series.
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Valerie Tate lives in a 19th century heritage cottage in Ontario, Canada. She has a degree in English Literature from Victoria College at the University of Toronto as well as a teaching degree.
When not working on her mystery novels, she can be found at the barn with her horse and her Jack Russell Terrier.
CATNIP, HORSE SENSE, and FROG LEGS are the first three novels in the Dunbarton Mysteries series. SCAPEGOAT is the newest.