Trace of Evil

Trace of Evil

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"Gripping...Blanchard keeps the tension high." - Associated Press

From Alice Blanchard, the author of the New York Times Notable mystery novel Darkness Peering comes Trace of Evil, first in an evocative new series about a small New York town, its deeply held secrets, and the woman determined to uncover them, no matter what the cost.

There’s something wicked in Burning Lake…

Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York, an isolated town known for its dark past. Tasked with uncovering the whereabouts of nine missing transients who have disappeared over the years, Natalie wrestles with the town’s troubled history – and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder years ago.

Then Daisy Buckner, a beloved schoolteacher, is found dead on her kitchen floor, and a suspect immediately comes to mind. But it’s not that simple. The suspect is in a coma, collapsed only hours after the teacher’s death, and it turns out Daisy had secrets of her own. Natalie knows there is more to the case, but as the investigation deepens, even she cannot predict the far-reaching consequences – for the victim, for the missing of Burning Lake, and for herself.

Title:Trace of Evil
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250205711
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    Trace of Evil Reviews

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.Alice Blanchard's new novel, Trace of Evil is a terrific, atmospheric mystery, full of twists and turns, and it's a great start to what I hope will be a new series.Natalie Lockhart is a ...

  • Kaceey

    Natalie Lockhart may be new to the detective unit but you’d never know it. She presents herself as seasoned as any of them. Tonight she’s on duty when she receives the worst possible news. A bruta...

  • Susanne  Strong

    4 Stars.A Compelling, Heart-Stopping Mystery! The Town of Burning Lake is not what it seems. Children growing up practicing Witchcraft and everyone keeping an abundance of secrets.Natalie Lockhart is ...

  • J.D. Barker

    Witchcraft, a brutal murder, and secrets buried in a sleepy town's past... With TRACE OF EVIL, Blanchard expertly weaves mystery and spine-tingling suspense. A tense, nail-biter of a thriller!Many tha...

  • Linda

    To ignore evil is to become accomplice to it.And Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard is marinated, simmered, sauteed, and slice and diced in it. Around every corner is a whiff of the stuff. The town of B...

  • PamG

    TRACE OF EVIL by Alice Blanchard is an excellent police procedural and the first book in the Natalie Lockhart series. I rated this 3.5 stars and rounded up to 4 stars. Natalie Lockhart is a rookie det...

  • Theresa Alan

    I had a hard time getting through this one because the writing is mediocre. It’s was a paint-by-numbers novel with characters that didn’t come to life because the author relies on info-dumps of te...

  • Kelli Wilson

    This was a substantial dish of Meh....

  • Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I heard so many great things about this book so I was really looking forward to reading it. I listened to this on Scribd and as soon as it started I knew that I was going to love it. It is a police pr...

  • Ash

    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Trace of Evil is a police procedural that revolves around the murder of Daisy Buckner, a h...