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The Last Grave (Witch Hunt #2)

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Samantha Ryan—homicide detective by choice, witch hunter by necessity—has left Salem for San Francisco, hoping a move will help her forget the horrors of her past. But she’s about to discover that witches tempted by the dark side are everywhere....

Samantha is doing whatever she can to forget her terrible childhood in a coven destroyed by its members’ greed and lust for p
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Signet
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Paranormal Haven
Samantha moved to San Francisco for a new start. She is a homicide detective with a new partner, Lance. They go out to investigate a murder, and find that the body has been petrified. Samantha realizes very that magic was involved. On top of that there are mysterious earth quakes going on.

The Last Grave is the second novel in Debbie Viguié’s Witch Hunt series. The first book took place in Salem, but because of the events there Samantha thought it best to change locations. It’s a thriller that do
Fangs for the Fantasy
Samantha is trying to start a new life in San Francisco after her life in Boston and Salem collapsed after taking down the Dark Witch Coven there. Now is her chance to restart without magic, with a new room-mate, Jill, and a new police partner, Ed.

Until a murder has the hallmarks of magic all over it – starting with a truly impossible and incomprehensible cause of death. Samantha is again faced with an impossible choice – ignore her power and let more people die (and there may be even more at s
Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
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This book is so incredible; I don’t even know where to begin! I guess I could start with Samantha. Despite the whole superhuman thing, I think a lot of readers can relate with her struggle to overcome her past. Anyone who has suffered from an abusive upbringing will emphasize with Samantha’s self-doubt and trust issues. I really fell in love with this character because she desperately wants to be a good person, but ghosts from
When I was asked to read this book I was a little wary, I usually prefer to read books in order and I haven't tried anything of Debbie's before but once I read the synopsis and realised it sounded like my kind of book I hesitantly agreed and when I sat down to dive in ALL my expectations where exceeded. In fact this series has now been promoted to autobuy and I'm going to hunt down a copy of book 1 so I can read it in order and enjoy it all over again!

Samantha Ryan has been running from her pas
Carla-Book Monster Reviews
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by Book Monster's Reviewer - Michelle M.

When I was asked to read this book I was a little wary, I usually prefer to read books in order and I haven't tried anything of Debbie's before but once I read the synopsis and realized it sounded like my kind of book I hesitantly agreed and when I sat down to dive in ALL my expectations where exceeded. In fact this series has now been promoted to auto-buy and I'm going to hunt down a copy
In the second novel in the Witch Hunt series, Samantha Ryan has left Massachusetts to start over in San Francisco after decimating a coven of evil witches (for the second time). Instead of being able to escape the past, however, the past comes calling with a vengeance. Faced with yet another evil coven of witches and "timequakes," Samantha has no choice but to unlock the memories, and the magic, that she has tried so hard to forget and deny.

I liked this second novel less than the first one, and
Boston PD detective Samantha Ryan has been transferred to California and is assigned to investigate an usual murder that reeks of magic. Having reluctantly re-connected with her powers, and finding herself in a less-than-mundane investigation, Samantha is finding it difficult not to make use of her magic.

Unfortunately, this sequel to The Thirteenth Sacrifice fell a bit flat for me. The story unfolds very, very slowly and goes without any real action for the longest time. The pace does pick up in
This book was an awesome read. Samantha is not like any ordinary character I have encountered in a paranormal read. Samantha grew up all her life in a dark witch coven teaching her dark magic. When her whole coven is killed trying to raise a demon. She decides to not practice magic anymore and become a detective. When she moves to LA she encounters another witch coven and learns they are trying to turn lose another demon. The coven turns back time by causing earthquakes. Not giving away anything ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I actually got a copy of this book before reading The Thirteenth Sacrifice and I debated with myself about whether to jump into this series on the second book. The OCD in me forced me to start at the beginning and I am so glad I did. You could read this book first, but you would miss out on so much that has shaped the main character. The events of The Thirteenth Sacrifice chewed her up and spit her out. In many ways, this story is a reaction to what happened. It has its own central mystery, but ...more
Samantha Ryan left Salem for San Francisco, hoping to forget the horrors of her past. Her past includes a very dark magic side of herself from a mother who raised her in a destructive and black magic coven...and the last novel in which she takes out the last of the coven to save many lives.

So Samantha runs to San Francisco and takes a job as police detective. But after the magic she indulged in to take down the coven in Salem, she is struggling to fight her own desire to turn to magic to handle
Robin Priddy
This is the second installment of Ms Viguie's Witch Hunt series.
Samantha's struggle between staying true to her faith or the lure of using her magic is a dailey battle for her. This is an excellent thriller. From the first page until the last you will be drawn in and unable to put it down. I cannot wait for the next installment in this wonderful series. Circle of Blood will be out sometime in 2014.
Samantha Ryan, homicide detective, leaves Massachusetts for San Francisco for a new start. Samant
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Samantha Ryan had long ago denied her witch nature as the magic too easily turns to the dark side. Yet when an evil coven tried to take over Salem, she was forced into using magic once again. She prevailed, but now has to live with the fallout as her former colleagues at the Boston PD cannot accept her for who she is. So, she's traveled to San Francisco to get a fresh start and once again escape her past. But leaving magic behind just isn't
I'm really not sure what I ultimately think about this entry. I loved the first one for not falling into any specific genre, but then that's sort of what made Last Grave somewhat difficult to read. I might have to use spoilers, so if you want to know whether or not to get this, then here's my opinion:

I recommend it, but with some reservations. If you haven't read the first book then I would say you should start there. I suppose you can read this without having done so, but you'd be at a distinct
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

After a devastating standoff, with her former coven that ended with her being the only witch left standing, Samantha has moved to San Francisco for a new start. She is a homicide detective in a new city with a new partner, Lance, and is staying with an old school friend, Jill.

Samantha is welcoming a calm new start to her new life, but she quickly learns that won’t be what she gets when Lance and her start investigating a murder that has witch magic all over it
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*ARC received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

I unexpectedly received the first book of this series (The Thirteenth Sacrifice) from the Publisher back before it was released in 2012. After reading (and loving!) it, I immediately reached out to Penguin to see if I could possibly do a promotional Event for book 2 as soon as the release date was announced. In true 'happy dance' fashion, I was told that a copy was a
Chelsea Johnson
After the events in Salem, Samantha has packed up her old life and attempted to start over in San Francisco. She's doing her best to be a good Christian and lock away her magic once again, but her newest case has her breaking this vow when she's called to solve the murder of local historian Winona Lightfoot. Samantha discovers that witches are involved and her investigation soon uncovers evidence of a coven working in the Santa Cruz mountains--a place Anthony warned her about. Despite being haun ...more
Suspense Magazine
By Debbie Viguié
If you’ve not yet discovered New York Times bestselling author Debbie Viguié, then you’re missing out. The first in her Witch Hunt series, “The Thirteenth Sacrifice,” was phenomenal.

Oftentimes, the second in a series suffers when faced with the high praise of the previous installment. However, this isn’t the case with “The Last Grave” under Viguié’s deft pen.
Homicide detective Samantha Ryan has relocated to San Francisco and has been working tirelessly to settle i
Sometimes starting over is the best thing to do, especially if you were recently went undercover in a very dark coven of witches and wound up destroying them all. Leaving the bad blood and bad memories behind her, Samantha heads out to San Francisco and does her very best to blend in as a normal cop. No magic, no covens, just good, solid police work.

Of course, that doesn't last long as a case oozing with darkness slides onto her desk, and she's yet again drawn into the world she's trying to esca
Sabina Bundgaard
This book was given by the publisher for an honest review. The review will contain spoilers from The 13th Sacrifice!!

Samantha did what she had to do; she took down an entire coven of dark witches. She saved many people, but almost destroyed herself in the process. Now her secret is out in the force in Boston and no cop, not even her old partner wants to work with her. The solution? A transfer from Boston to San Francisco, a new start, where nobody knows who she is, what she is, or what she’s don
Bibliolatry Me
The Last Grave was an excellent thriller! You are drawn in on page one and unable to put it down until the end! Samantha is a great main character that I think a lot of readers can relate to with her struggle to overcome her past. She desperately wants to be a good person but her past keeps dragging her back into the fray. Her struggle between staying true to her faith and the appeal of using her magic is a daily battle for her. When a body is found petrified Samantha and her new partner must fi ...more
It gets more twisted by the page. Can't wait for Circle of Blood. #booklover
Samantha is back at it with the San Francisco Police department, but as we knew trouble would find her even on the other side of the USA. Little less Police work, little more magic and a lot more crazy. This story was very confusing but the face pace kept you hooked. Hold on cuz it all gets explained. The ending is a bit of a bummer and then we come full circle. If you liked the first one this one is more of the same!
Mar 12, 2013 Jage added it
This book was really hard to keep reading once I hit about the halfway point. It just wasn't holding my interest and i didn't feel connected to the main character at all. I don't know of this was the second book in a series but it definitely felt like there was a book before this one. The characters were bland and the mystery wasn't strong enough to hold my attention.
Interesting. the whole earthquake/time shift was original and well played out. All of her past selves are interesting...almost like multiple personalities but not quite. I enjoyed how the author interweaves magic into an otherwise "normal" setting. Intriguing enough to read the next book in the series but not the first one.
This book was not quite as good as the first one; "The Thirteenth Sacrifice". Also, it ended with a cliffhanger, which I don't like. So, I probably will not read the next one, coming out next year....unless I find it real cheap at a garage sale someday!
I found this an interesting book although I arrived in the middle of the series. I may go back and read a couple of the earlier books. There are a few mistakes in the set up she gave for the covens but they weren't too distracting and I enjoyed the story.
2/26/13-Finished ARC

I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't connect with the characters and found myself pretty bored overall.
Lisa Currier
Very disappointing. The plot was boring and confusing. Couldn't say if I liked the characters or not as they never stayed the same, their personalities and circumstances kept changing. Won't be reading any more by this author.
Apr 17, 2013 Kris rated it 5 of 5 stars
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crap. I have to wait a year for the next book. I don't want to wait a year. I want it now. I love this series. it was so hard waiting for this book to come out after reading the first one. this author is amazing.
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Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than three dozen novels including the Wicked series co-authored with Nancy Holder. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Kiss trilogy, and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the audio drama, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory. When Debbie isn’t ...more
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