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Publisher's Summary

Beatrice Scarlet is the apothecary's daughter. She can mix medicines to save lives - but she can't save the lives of her parents. An orphan at just sixteen, Beatrice marries and emigrates to America.
New Hampshire, 1756: In the farming community where Beatrice now lives, pigs are found dead with slices of looking-glass embedded in their mouths. According to scripture this is the work of Satan, but Beatrice suspects the hands of men. She must act quickly to unmask the killer - or become the next victim herself....
©2016 Graham Masterton (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"A skilfully written and wonderfully unnerving thriller." (Bookshelf Butterfly).
"Graham Masterton has perfected an eerie start that gets you intrigued right from the get go […] It's so fast-paced and never once misses a beat nor does it ever let-up on the speed." (Published Moments)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Layla Mabbitt on 11-02-16

Kept me guessing!

I really enjoyed the combination of historical fiction and murder who done it. I want more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pearl on 05-14-18

Masterton is the Master!

How I love Graham Masterton, his books are sublime and my only wish is that Audible gets more of them! The Scarlet Widow is thrilling and terrifying, a book I found hard to put down and in fact as soon as I finished, I read the next in the series, The Coven. What makes him so masterful in the telling? To me, it's the terrible beauty of the simplicity of plot, that he twists and turns into the macabre, beautiful, and often shocking...painted vivid, with words. Masterton, has an uncanny way of bringing to life the details of character and time. An author whose works linger long after the telling of it.

Emma Gregory's narration added to the story, bringing Scarlet's voice to life. Sublime.

Brilliant story, memorable, disturbing, wonderful!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Connie on 03-14-17

Tedious

I found this dull and tedious. The narrator had limited expression, the story promised to be interesting but wasn't and unnecessarily graphic rape scene was the last straw. I'm really surprised they bothered to turn this into an audio book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jo Evans on 02-24-17

Warning, contains gruesome detail and graphic rape

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book. I wish there had been a warning at the beginning about how much torture and murder was in it and the rape was very graphic. The writer was very gifted at creating such a very clear picture but I really didn't want those horrible images lodged so bluntly in my head.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The author was really clever at bringing the novel to life, you could see the images he created very clearly as though you were watching a movie. It's an unusual and creative storyline, it's unlikely you would have read something identical before. It has many components including detective work, religion, unexpected outcomes in various places throughout the story (which I did appreciate because it was often in the smaller parts/details of the novel rather than the overall outcome of the storyline direction).

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I didn't enjoy the audiobook because it was too gory/violent/unpleasant and I really wished I had been warned of the content as I wouldn't have purchased it but in fairness to the author it was well written and the narrator read it well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By s on 10-01-17

loved it! story and narrator excellent!

well written. so immersive, narrator did an excellent job with many excellent voices. many thanks to both.

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4 out of 5 stars
By S Nicolls on 06-12-17

Intriguing to the end

Narrator had a nice smooth voice that was excellent at speaking the different dialects of Britain. The plot was very good, even though some parts were quite evident near the begining, the intriguing twists that brought it all together was well done. I definitely recommend this book and audio.

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