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Trace of Evil: A Natalie Lockhart Novel: 1 Hardcover – 3 December 2019

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A fast-paced, intricate, and atmospheric mystery that introduces a plucky, engaging detective. - Kirkus Review

Flush with red herrings, Wiccan symbols, and disaffected teens, this book will appeal to fans of criminal investigations led by empowered women. - Publishers Weekly

What seems an open-and-shut case becomes much more, with Blanchard carefully peeling away layers of history and deception before pulling off a shocking twist. Lockhart is a relatable new heroine on the police-procedural scene, and one who will appeal to readers of Tana French. - Booklist

A powerful and unexpected denouement. I look forward to reading more in the series. - bestselling author Ann Cleeves

[A] tense, nail-biter of a thriller! - J.D. Barker, International Bestselling Author of The Fourth Monkey

"Alice Blanchard seems to be able to write just about anything she wants [and] shows off a veteran storyteller at the peak of her powers." - New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of Two If By Sea and The Deep End of the Ocean

"A tantalizing mystery with just the right amount of unsettling horror woven in." Neal Griffin, LA Times best-selling author of the Newberg series

"Layered with old wounds, new secrets, and tension that starts on the first page and never lets up." --Kristen Lepionka, Shamus Award-winning author of the Roxane Wearymystery series

"Moody and atmospheric [...] the kind of tale that lingers long after you've raced through its twists and turns to the utterly gripping finale. - Owen Laukkanen, award-winning author of the Stevens & Windermere novels

"Trace of Evil is riveting--atmospheric and dark, exploring modern day witchcraft and covens, with enough twists and turns to keep the most astute reader guessing until the end. Blanchard is a master storyteller with a brilliant understanding of family--about the love that both binds us and tears us apart. Get ready for a great read!" - Tricia Fields, author of the Josie Gray Mysteries

"[A] complex and tense drama." - Trudy Nan Boyce, author of the Detective Sarah Alt series

[A] haunting, dark, and thrilling tale that will leave you breathless. - L.T. Vargus, bestselling author of Bad Blood and Dead End Girl

Everything feels as if set to explode. [Trace of Evil] holds the reader at the edge of his seat, flipping the pages to untangle the knot, and uncover the secrets." - Mike Omer, bestselling author of the Zoe Bentley mystery series

"[U]tterly compelling. You won't want to put it down." - Olivia Kiernan, author of The Killer in Me and Too Close to Breathe

Blanchard delivers a masterclass in guessing who is the most evil--and why." Rea Frey, author of Not Her Daughter

[A] compelling mystery that will hold readers spellbound. - Margaret Mizushima, author of the critically acclaimed Timber Creek K-9 mysteries

"[Trace of Evil] delivers a gut-punch of a twist readers won't see coming. This book is not to be missed!" --Sara Driscoll, author of the FBI K-9s series

"[A]n absolute must-read that will [...] leave you breathless." - Carol Wyer, author of the Detective Natalie Ward series

Trace of Evil is lyrical, dark, and twisted. I read late into the night and the final twist blew me away. - Ellison Cooper, author of Caged


The first book in a new series by award-winning author Alice Blanchard brings a bold detective assigned to a gripping murder case in an isolated New England town!

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Minotaur (3 December 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250205719
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250205711
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.05 x 3.23 x 24.31 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Alice Blanchard is the award-winning author of the Natalie Lockhart series from St. Martin's Press. "Trace of Evil" was selected as an Indie Next Pick, a Loanstars Best Ten, an Amazon Best Mysteries, and a CrimeReads Magazine pick. The second book in the series, "The Wicked Hour," is on sale now, and the third book in the series, "The Witching Tree," is available for pre-order.

Alice's debut novel "Darkness Peering" was a New York Times’ Notable Book and a Barnes Noble Best Mystery. Her thriller "The Breathtaker" was an official selection of NBC’s Today Show Book Club. Her book of stories, "The Stuntman's Daughter," won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her work has been published in 17 countries.

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