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Devil's Night (Kat Campbell Mysteries) Hardcover – August 20, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Kat Campbell Series

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An early-morning fire at the Perry Hollow (Pa.) Historical Museum and Exhibition Hall turns out to be the work of an arsonist, in Ritter's satisfying third mystery featuring big-hearted police chief Kat Campbell (after 2011's Bad Moon). Whoever set the fire also appears to have murdered Connie Bishop, the historical society's president, whose bludgeoned body is found in a crawl space below the museum's gallery. Written on the victim's hand in black marker are the words: this is just the first. A stranger Kat encounters at the scene may be a suspect. Meanwhile, Henry Goll, who was disfigured in the last major fire in Perry Hollow, a year earlier, unexpectedly reappears from Italy. A sack of old bones adds another puzzle, and an international developer has ambitious, unspecified plans for the town. Ritter smoothly blends history and mystery, tragedy and near-tragedy, as Kat courageously tracks down the culprit. Agent: Michelle Brower, Folio Literary Management. (Aug.)

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Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Kat Campbell has had more than her fair share of big cases (Death Notice, 2010). This time, Perry Hollow’s Historical Society and Exhibition Hall is set on fire, and two corpses are found inside—the first, the kindly curator, and the second, a previously unearthed skeleton. On Halloween, a historic hotel goes up in flames. Who’s torching the town’s landmarks? Still scarred from the torture he endured during the Grim Reaper killings, journalist Henry Goll is back in Perry Hollow to write about an Italian millionaire who just bought the town’s abandoned mill. Henry and Kat work together chasing leads—a disgruntled firefighter with an arrest record, a businesswoman banking on the mill sale going through, and a witch from Salem, Massachusetts, who believes the town has a long-buried Wiccan secret. Don’t let the small-town setting fool you; this is no cozy. The deaths are devastating, and single-mom Kat is a hardworking professional detective. A series well worth recommending. --Karen Keefe
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Product Details

  • Series: Kat Campbell Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250028531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250028532
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,199,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on October 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
On Halloween, a pyromaniac is setting fire to historical landmarks throughout Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania. Early in the morning, the museum is the first building to burn. After the smoke clears, the corpse of local historian Constance Bishop is found in the crawlspace. Stranger still, she is found lying on top of a trunk containing an ancient skeleton. As Kat and her friends, Nick Donnelly and Henry Goll, search for the pyromaniac's identity, more fires erupt, killing more people. Soon they discover the fires may be the revenge of a witch who was burned to death by the townspeople over three-hundred-years ago.

Todd Ritter's explosive mystery, "Devil's Night" [following "Death Notice" (Death Notice) and "Bad Moon" (Bad Moon)], is the most macabre, most horrifying novel in the Kat Campbell trilogy. All the action of this fast-paced thriller occurs within the timeframe of one day; and this day is one of my most loved holidays of the year, Halloween. All of my favorite holiday-themed slasher flicks of the seventies and eighties (e.g., "Halloween," "My Bloody Valentine," and "Black Christmas") were fondly remembered as I read "Devil's Night." In Perry Hollow, chaos reigns in the streets, vigilante rednecks are patrolling with shotguns, parties are canceled, and satanic symbols are found scrawled on buildings. People are dying! I love it!!

The icing on this already delicious cake is the horrible crime that the citizens of Perry Hollow perpetrated on an innocent woman many years ago. They killed her because she was different.
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Most times, I'm able to guess `who-did-it,' but not so in this case. Ritter gave me whiplash
from trying to guess who the culprit was. Just when I thought I had it all figured out--this is
cliché, I know, but so very true--Ritter surprised me and I realized I was wrong. And the end?
No way did I even come close to guessing it.

Kat Campbell is Perry Hollow's Police Chief. The town--and Kat--has already seen its
share of pandemonium. And now Kat is hoping things quiet back down again. But fire after
fire has her literally running all over town trying to save what's left of the historical buildings.

The first fire was the Historical Society and Exhibition Hall. And it's not just an arsonist Kat needs
to worry about. It's a murderer. The museum's curator Constance Bishop is found dead, slumped over a
wooden chest beneath the burning floor of the museum. The death wasn't a result of smoke inhalation or
the fire at all but from being whacked over the head. This is just the start of the next exhausting twenty-four
hours for Kat.

Her mind produces one suspect after another while she leaps headlong from one harrowing situation
into another, determined to stop the murdering arsonist from striking again. All while trying to figure out
the motive behind her town being attacked. It's a terrifying ordeal for her and those around her and she ends
up putting herself and others into very dangerous situations. The problem is, she's not sure if she can get out
of them alive before stopping the killer.

Ritter weaves a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, literally. This author is now at the top
of my `must-read' list.

Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of "The Other Side: Melinda's Story"
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It was a great mystery who did it. I could not put the book down. Todd Ritter continues with his suspense. Great book.
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Devil's Night is a perfect end to the Kat Campbell Mysteries. I could not put it down! Be sure to get all three!
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Another excellent read in this entertaining series!
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I couldn't get into this one after half way--I found it to be slow and draggy with way too much descriptions for everything, one fire in the hotel trapped Henry and it took about 5 pages to rescue him, that is just too much descriptions to have to wade through and I found it was like that the rest of the book so I had to skim a lot.

I liked the style of writing that makes it easy to read but not all the descriptions, I like the fact no profanity is used and that is a plus for making a book easy to read.

I will keep trying the Kat Campbell series and hopefully Ritter will drop all the unnecessary descriptions.
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