This book was so slow for me to get into but once I got into it, I couldn't get it out of my mind. I am so glad to have discovered Robert McCammon and will be reading more of his novels. This one about a small village in the New World and the Magistrate and his clerk sent to it for the trial of an accused witch. Murders have occurred and the crops have failed and obviously this means a witch is causing this evil. Obviously??? They pick the woman who is different from them, a Portuguese beauty with dark skin, and decide she must be a witch. If not for one man who insists that he will not allow punishment without a trial, she would have been burned the next day. The town was created by him so he has final say. He is no great hero, he is a bit of a tyrant, but at least he keeps the woman alive until the magistrate can conduct a trial. What leads up to the trial and follows the trial is the crux of the story. Matthew Corbett, the Clerk, is the hero of the story and appears in four later books. He is known as the Fixer and he is determined to get to the bottom of the reason this woman has been accused of witchcraft. He doesn't really believe in witches but he's only 20 and not experienced in the law or at least that is what the magistrate tells him for why he believes the way he does. This is a very long book and has lots of twists and turns but Matthew is the key to the whole story. It is a story of love and redemption and then more as Matthew grows into a young man. The story takes place in a few weeks time but covers lots and lots of ground. A very good mystery, thriller, and ending.
I started this book on my mom's recommendation, and she did not steer me wrong. What a wonderful book! It was nice and long, had perfect narration, and a great story line that kept you hooked until the end. I cannot wait to start his next one.
This book, this author, this narrator...excellent. Thank you for being so talented and providing a book worm like myself with something so entertaining, griping, unique, alive. Best narrator ever. Ever.
I don't think I have enjoyed a book as much in a very long time. I could not put it down. Narrator is impeccable. The story masterfully written. Characters all uniquely crafted. This is my first McCammon book, but not my last. A must read.
This was a very pleasant book. It's is a murder mystery with a twist. It's not like other murder mysteries that I have read or listen to. Trust me this book is great from story to character development.
The story is very well written with a variety of complex characters and sub plots. The detail the author gives regarding the descriptions of everything from the clothing to food to the illnesses which were present during this time in history make the read so interesting. There is ample historical detail that you can easily find yourself present with the characters before you realize it's just a book. Great mysteries are woven with many of the characters. The narrator is incredible. He is masterful in his ability to fully distinguish voices and nuisances with each character. I will be reading all of the Matthew books!
Repetitive and monotonous. For the first time in over 300 audio books I skipped five hours in the middle and missed nothing. The narrator's voice was, for the most part, flat and inflectionless. The story was predictable.
Full Time Business Manager and mom to 5 boys and 1 girl, in every spare minute I have I'm reading or listening. I LOVE AUDIBLE
Worth a credit definitely. Not what I usually listen to, historical mystery. But so so so good!! Stop checking reviews and download it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who liked historical novels or anyone who liked a good mystery. This novel was written wonderfully it grabbed you from chapter 1 and never let you go until the very end. Matthew Corbett is a wonderful character, and I can not wait to read the rest of the novels in this series.