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The Witches' Hammer

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A respected surgeon and rare book collector is brutally murdered in his elegant Manhattan home, just hours after showing a book dealer the fifteenth-century manual of black magic—a grimoire—he'd received from a grateful patient. Now the healer's blood is everywhere—and only the priceless grimoire is missing.

The horrific death of her beloved father has shattered Beatrice O'
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1994)
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The only reason I finished it is because I did not want to let the $7 or so I paid on Kindle go to waste - but it would have been wiser to just toss the book and say good bye to the money. What a horrible read! While easy to read in terms of language and writing style (which helped me to quickly skip across pages after the first half or so, the only way I could handle this!), the content was so ridiculous (what did I expect from a book with that title?), far fetched, silly, cliche, and, at times ...more
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I found this a very unusual, confounding, but ultimately quite enjoyable read.

The book starts out well, with the murder of the the father of the main character - Beatrice [that's not a spoiler - it's noted right in the book's jacket] setting off a chain of ominous and exciting events that turn her previously safe and uneventful life completely upside down, and start her on a hunt for not only the murderer, but the answer to what is behind the book she believes is at the heart of these shocking e
The lesson I learned from reading The Witches' Hammer is this: just because it says 'Hitchcock' on the cover, no matter how much I may want it to, this does not mean I'm about to read a deliciously complicated mystery worthy of old Alfred. And this is my own damn fault, because a big part of why I bought this book is because the name 'Hitchcock' grabbed me. Sure, not Alfred. But once the name got my attention, I read the blurb and saw a review snippet that called the thing 'elegant', so I though ...more
Not the best book I've read, but engaging. I reacted to this the same way I did to DAVINCI CODE--not the most technically strong book with many flaws (1D and 2D characters, "coinky-dinks" up the wazoo, serious suspension of disbelief moments, etc.) but it kept me turning the pages through to the end. It'd be a good read for fans of DAVINCI CODE, though this one deals with a medieval grimoire linked to the Malleus Maleficarum and the witchhunts of the Inquisition. It's also got a lot more sex sce ...more
Ah, man. I hate to write anything negative, and I rarely do, since this is a Published Author (aka, God) and I am a humble piece of fuzz on the peach of life. But, wow. Predictable political screed, weird (and not in a good way), and seriously tedious. And I wanted to like anything by this author so much. Sorry.
Janet Martin
I love books about rare books, conspiracies, secret societies, treasure hunts, etc. Because of that personal preference, I would have given this a 5 if not for stupid heroine syndrome.
dnf; yuck
Wasn't a big fan. Too leftist agenda for me to really enjoy the story line.
such a nice read! Very entertaining and gripping, only quite predictable and towards the end a bit dissapointing as well. I did not like the sexual revelations... but thankfully it was quite possible to read the book without noticing it too much. Quite a nice read all in all.
I'm disappointed because I rather liked her first book, Trick of the Eye. Until the not-so-believable way the police handled the main character after the murder, I was OK. It went downhill fast for me after that. I made it to page 57 before giving it up.
Phil Pastor
An good story with a number of nice twists. It was a fast read, and kept me interested. I don't think I will intentionally seek out more books by Jane, but I am not averse to trying something else from her.
Sheri Rothe
I really give it about 3 and a half stars. It was entertaining, but nothing I would go screaming to my friends about. The feminist themes seemed a little forced, but I enjoyed the action and mystery.
This book held my attention. Somewhat scary dealing with witchcraft and the inquisition in modern day. I found the main character to be a bit different in the beginning.
About half way through. I'm not that into it. Don't like it as much ass "Mortal Friends" which is the first book I read by Stanton
Sarah Cormier
Very different than her other novels. This one features some supernatural elements and has a more macabre feel to it.
Debra Beckman
This story was entertaining because of what happens when ultra conservative forces have their way.
Jul 22, 2008 Benita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Da Vinci Code
This book scared me. Secret societies and brutal characters.
Elizabeth Ruth
Crisp, clean, and complicated mystery. Among her best.
It turns out this book is so bad I cannot read it.
Could have been a good story, but way over the top.
Loved it. One of my all time faves
Pretty good, but a little predictable.
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New York Times bestselling author and native New Yorker Jane Stanton Hitchcock started her career as a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include Grace; Bhutan; The Custom of the Country, an adaptation of Edith Wharton's great novel which was first produced at The Mount (Mrs. Wharton's house in Lenox, Massachusetts), then moved to off-Broadway in New York City; and Vanilla, a modern restoratio ...more
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