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"Mr. Sellars presents us with an excellent offering of mystery/suspense. From the opening pages to the cliff hanger ending, it's a 'can't put it down' novel!" -- The Wiccan - Pagan Times

"NEVER BURN A WITCH is a tale of haunting possibilities. The stuff that nightmares are made of!" --

"Rowan Gant is a detective in the tradition of Diana Tregarde and Anita Blake." -- Rosemary Edghill, Author, The Bast Mysteries

“Sellars has tackled a unique and controversial topic with boldness and aplomb...It's a hair-raising good time...” -- P. J. Nunn, Senior Mystery Review, The Charlotte Austin Review

From the Inside Flap

Just Imagine... It's 2:17 AM.

You've only slept 4 hours out of the past 48. You have a blinding headache that would make a migraine seem like a pleasant distraction. On top of that, the handful of aspirin you took for it 30 minutes ago is making your stomach churn in a very unpleasant way.

Now, just imagine that even with all of that making your life a living hell, it doesn't end there. Instead of being at home where you can suffer in private, you are on the opposite side of town, standing smack dab in the middle of a disgustingly brutal crime scene--the third in as many days.

Cops and evidence techs are watching with jaded expressions as you literally channel the final moments of the murder victim's life through your own mind and body, right before their eyes.

The horror... The fear... The pain...

You see and feel it all, as if your own isn't already enough...

And, by the way, even though the cops asked you to be here, most of them think you belong in an institution, specifically one that is outfitted with padded walls.

Yeah, I know... It sounds like some kind of nightmare, doesn't it? Well, welcome to my world. Be glad you aren't me because this curse that is my life doesn't stop at being a nightmare.

No. It is all too real...

My name is Rowan Gant, and I'm the unofficial Witch for the Greater Saint Louis Major Case Squad.

I'd quit the job, but the dead won't let me...

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Product Details

  • Series: The Rowan Gant Investigations, 2 (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Willowtree Pr Llc (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967822114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967822112
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers), M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, "tells pretty lies for a living." Although his penchant for creating fiction began at an early age, he was eventually inspired to pursue a degree in journalism, an endeavor he describes as, "a good chase, even though it got away." His career plans re-routed, he put a secondary talent - electronics repair - into play. However, this did not deter him from writing and he soon re-focused on his first love, fiction. While he had several short stories appear in minor publications, it wasn't until 2000 that his first full-length novel, Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series and its associated spinoff.

All of the current novels in Sellars' continuing Rowan Gant Investigations saga have spent several consecutive weeks on numerous bookstore bestseller lists as well as a consistent showing on the Horror/Occult top 100. In 2010 a short e-novella featuring a supporting character from the RGI cast spawned a new series, The Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels, the first full-length book being IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, which hit the streets November 2011. The second, INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE is slated for release 2015.

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his wife, daughter, and a houseful of rescued animals - a population which currently stands at one canine (Vicki the Wonder Dog) and four felines (Asphalt, Nachos el Tigre, Roxxy, and Mac the Klaw). He often describes the fluctuating menagerie as, "the competition." At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and home brewing.

M. R. Sellars can be located on the web wherever there is a virtual bar serving virtual single malt Scotch, single barrel bourbon, good Irish whisky, and decent beer. In other words, look for him on the major social networking sites.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Stone on May 15, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
NEVER BURN A WITCH is the second Rowan Gant Investigation, following HARM NONE.
Someone is running around St Louis with an apostolic way of thinking. They truly believe God is directing their path and that it is their duty to rid the earth of witches.
Brianna Louise Walker took a nosedive off of the sixth story balcony of the Riverfront Hilton handcuffed. The monogram of Christ was carved into her inner thighs by the murderer to purify her because of her profession. The second murder is even more gruesome.
Rowan Gant is back to help his best friend, police officer Ben Storm, because a serial killer is on the loose, and it's up to them to solve these murders before the next one occurs.
I found NEVER BURN A WITCH to have a very strong plot. It moves along at a fast pace and delivers lots of suspense. M.R. Sellers writes with such graphic descriptions that you feel you are there witnessing it with your own eyes. This is not a read for the faint of heart.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 20, 2002
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Fresh from the previous volume, 'Harm None,' Rowan Gant is once again drawn into a police investigation by his good friend Benjamin Storm. As a public practitioner of Wicca in St. Louis, Gant often provides support when a case seems to have occult overtones. The first young woman is tortured and thrown out of her apartment, the second burnt in a public park. In each case symbols are found and a bible is left at the site with a marked quote.
Gant quickly recognizes that truth, which is confirmed by his psychic reading of the dead. A witch hunter is loose in the city, one that uses the medieval 'Malleus Maleficarum' as his manual, just like the original Inquisition. This time Rowan is warned of the deaths by the appearance of painful stigma on his body, shaped like the chi rho symbol of Christ. The murders proceed almost inexorably, claiming not just witches, but the innocent as well.
First the killer hunts the members of a coven, but when Rowan's investigations start to interfere, the St. Louis witch is added to the list of potential victims. Rowan now must hunt the hunter if he is to survive. In single minded pursuit he seems to loose his grasp on his own powers and repeatedly finds himself in conflict with his wife Felicity and his friend Benjamin. The witch seems compelled to reach the final confrontation in the worst possible fashion.
While quite readable, I found 'Never Burn a Witch' something of a disappointment after 'Harm None.' The latter showed quite a bit of promise, but the new book is suffering from a slight case of 'sophomore slump.' I found the book very repetitious in its early going - murder, crime scene, psychic vision, murder, crime scene, etc.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gin Young on June 25, 2002
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Eagerly anticipating this latest offering by Mr. Sellers, I was not disappointed. The characters of Rowan Gant, Felicity Gant, and Ben Storm are devleoped even further. The anticipation literally would not let me put the book down until I was done. It is refreshing to see a Pagan author writing fiction but showing a more "real" side of Pagan beliefs and attitudes. The supernatural elements in Gants' life are only slightly outside the realm of possibilities. The characters are real and situations (sadly) all too possible in this age of serial killers and media hype. Sellers presents his characters in very real fashion, and also gives a realistic view of people who live within this faith known as Wicca, as well as giving realistic and real to life reactions of those who come in contact with many people who are of this faith, both open minded or not. I own his first offering in this series and cannot keep it in my library as it keeps getting loaned out, only to be told they are having to buy their own copy. We can only hope that Sellers will be publishing for many years to come.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2003
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I am the mother of a 3 year old, so needless to say, I don't get a lot of time to myself for reading. It usually takes me a while to finish a book. However, I finished this book in three evenings! It pulls you in at the very beginning and doesn't stop until it's done. Even then, it hints at more to come.
I liked it so much that as soon as I read the last page, I got online and ordered two other MR Sellars books.
Sellars presents Wicca and Paganism in a realistic, positive light. His descriptions are so realistic I felt I was right there with the characters. This is a fantastic read whether you are Pagan or just love a great mystery!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Donald on October 14, 2003
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I was in the middle of one of Patricia Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta mysteries when I picked up "Never Burn a Witch." After only a few pages, I put Cornwall aside until I finished this book, and the two sequels that follow it: "Perfect Trust" and "The Law of Three."
I had read and enjoyed the first book, "Harm None." With each book, the stakes grow higher for Rowan Gant. There is a real sense of place in the St. Louis setting. The positive portrayal of pagan religion makes it a fascinating read, but Sellars never lets the religious aspect overshadow the mystery.
I cannot recommend the Rowan Gant series highly enough.
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