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Bell, Book, and Murder: The Bast Mysteries Paperback – August 15, 1998
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About the Author
Rosemary Edghill is a prolific writer in several genres, under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her Bast books, witty mysteries featuring a Wiccan amateur detective, were collected in Bell, Book, and Murder. She has also written Regency Romances and fantasy novels, including several collaborations with Mercedes Lackey (Spirits White as Lightning and Mad Maudlin) and Andre Norton (Shadow of Albion and Leopard in Exile).
Edghill lives in upstate New York with several cats and several Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, which she shows in obedience competitions.
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Top Customer Reviews
_Speak Daggers to Her_: An old friend of Bast's dies of seemingly natural causes in her apartment. Bast discovers that her friend had gotten mixed up in a cult--could this be related?
_The Book of Moons_: Probably my favorite of the three, because of the historical speculation. Several New York Wiccans find their Books of Shadows missing. Then, an obnoxious newbie shows up at a picnic brandishing a book he is certain is the BOS of Mary Queen of Scots. Then someone ends up dead. How are all these things connected? Read on...
_The Bowl of Night_: Bast thought the most confusing part of the Samhain retreat would be sharing a cabin with handsome ceremonial magician Julian. But when a local fundamentalist preacher ends up dead on the campsite, things keep getting weirder...
I'm not sure how well these books work *as mysteries*, since the solution is generally not hard to figure out. I guess I'm just used to the sort of mysteries with 85 red herrings, and no concrete clues until the last two pages, when suddenly the culprit kidnaps the sleuth and reveals the whole plot.Read more ›
It's true that the mysteries aren't very mysterious, but I don't think they're meant to be (and in real life, of course, the spouse generally *did* do it.) These aren't really books about how to solve mysteries; they're about the ethical dilemmas that come with believing what we pagans say we believe, but often fall down on in practice. They're about our responsibility to act when we see a problem, and the risks that action entails, and the way Wicca both helps and doesn't help us to do it. Anyone who ever said she wanted something beyond Wicca 101: these books are it.
This is an excellent collection. I hope she write more tales of Lady Bast.
Edghill writes with so much enthusiasm and possesses an almost uncanny knack for her characters that when you're reading the Bast mysteries, as they've become to be known, you almost forget that these are works of fiction. The dialogue is fresh, vibrant and exciting and this reviewer loved her scoops on people in the Craft. While the names have been changed to protect the innocent, friends of this reviewer who are a part of the New York Wiccan Community, have provided me with insights and revelations as to the possible identities of her books' real-life counterparts.
This reviewer found the three book series so enjoyable that he can't wait for the next book to come out. When will the next book be released Ms. Edghill? Your loyal Bast fans can't wait!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These books are predictable, and uninspired garbage. Rosemary Edgehill books are boring and poorly written. I will never read anything else she has written.Published 3 months ago by Liam
It was a wonderful surprise when I found out that the book had more than two stories. Great read for anyone into witches AND mysteries!Published on September 7, 2013 by Lady Kaldea
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This collection is proof that I do like mysteries sometimes! It was recommended to me by a teacher from high school, so it must be good right? Read more
There is a good reason this author has not published any more of these so-called novels (they are really novellas, folks) about her witch-slash-amateur detective, Bast: They aren't... Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Filumena
These books (all in one book) are great!!! I loved Bast, loved the mystery and twists and turns. It is truly a must read, esp. Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by gypsysoul
First, the criticisms: The author used stream of consciousness writing, i.e. proper punctuation goes out the window. Read morePublished on May 18, 2008 by Sara
This collection of Rosemary Edghill's "Bast" mysteries is a wonderful introduction to a talented writer and a no-nonsense look at modern Pagans. Read morePublished on April 20, 2007 by Lynda in Oregon
the authour has made an interesting twist on the standing idea
of the night time detective. Read more
I was introduced to this trilogy through "The Book of Moons," and immediately fell in love with Ms. Edghill's writing style. Read morePublished on July 20, 2005 by Measi