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The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove by Joy Ross Davis
THE MADWOMAN OF PREACHER’S COVE tells the story of Lucy Addams, a woman who was horribly disfigured in a fire that claimed the lives of her husband and children.
After the tragic loss of her beauty, her voice, and her family, Lucy became an artistic genius, sculpting lifelike dolls—replicas of the children of Preacher’s Cove. Lucy, and her workshop, are hidden in the back of the local resort—a hotel and restaurant complex owned and operated by her sister, Libby.
Following a series of deaths by lightning strike in Preacher’s Cove, a handsome investigative reporter arrives to solve the mystery of the coincidental accidents. Lucy and Libby find themselves facing yet another enemy. As keepers of an ancient treasure—a secret that binds them—they alone know why the deaths have occurred, and more importantly, how to stop them.
With the eventual help of Libby and Lucy, the reporter finds a sacred place in the woods called The Hallows—where Druids once roamed, and where his answers are deeply buried. After months of investigating, the death toll rising, a bit of romance, and other worldly harbingers of Lucy’s dolls, the mystery of Preacher’s Cove begins to unravel.
Review by Parris Afton Bonds, New York Times bestselling author: “Talented, imaginative authors of fantasy and mystery, like Marion Zimmer Bradley and J. K. Rowling, are few and far between. With The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove, Joy Ross Davis steps into this illustrious arena. The well-drawn characters make this a compelling and believable story and a great read!”
Review by Ann Hite, author of the award-winning Ghost On Black Mountain and Roll The Stone Away: A Family’s Legacy of Racism and Abuse: “Storytelling at its best. Joy Ross Davis mixes tragedy, artistic genius, and a thread of paranormal to weave this novel of powerful women and ancient treasure. I highly recommend this book.”
Review by Johnnie Bernhard, author of Sisters of the Undertow, How We Came to Be, and A Good Girl: “The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove grabs the reader from the opening chapter and doesn’t let go until the mystery is solved in this paranormal suspense. With memorable characters, intriguing subplots, and a dark Southern setting, this novel is a smart, entertaining read.”
Review by Claire Fullerton, author of Little Tea: “In the cloistered valley of Preacher’s Cove, secrets are kept, and unusual things happen. Storms come in green flashes that haunt the landscape and cast an eerie glow on the Southern town’s history. Author Joy Ross Davis sets a viscerally uncanny premise through the eyes of a man researching a story to which he is unknowingly connected. The reader is lured into a gripping, off-kilter story Paranormal readers will recognize as top of the line.”
Review by K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorites: “Joy Ross Davis has crafted a totally enthralling thriller novel with plenty of mysterious twists and turns that readers are sure to be captivated by. I would certainly recommend The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove to all readers who want a mysterious new paranormal thriller to sink their teeth into.”
Paperback: 319 Pages
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (September 1, 2020)
Global Library: Thrillers (Witch & Wizard)
Global Library: Ghost Thrillers
Global Library: Fiction (Occult-Paranormal)
Global Library: Mystery (Paranormal)
About Joy Ross Davis: Joy is of Irish descent and a student of the lore and magic found in the hills of Tennessee.
After a twenty-five-year career as a college English professor, she traveled to Ireland and worked as a writer and photographer, publishing numerous travel articles and photos for an Irish travel agency.
She has been a contributing feature writer for a local newspaper and has published articles in Southern literary magazines.
She lives in Alabama with her son and beloved dogs. She loves to speak at conferences, book club meetings, and events to share her connection with angels and the stories behind her books.
2018 Grand Prize Winner Chanticleer Author Awards
- Emalyn’s Treasure
- Mother, Can You Hear Me?
- Peaches and Lace
- The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove
- The Witch of Blacklion
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