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The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb
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May 04, 10

bookshelves: creepy, fiction, michigan, mysteries
Read from April 26 to May 02, 2010

"The Tale of Halcyon Crane" is a fast-paced, eerie ghost story in the spirit of Stephen King's "The Shining." Hallie James is shocked when she receives a letter in the mail - from the mother she never knew was still alive. When her newly-discovered mother and her father die within days of each other, she is devastated and decides to travel to the Great Lakes resort community of Grand Manitou Island to find out what happened to estrange her father and mother.

Hallie soon learns she has inherited the entire estate of her famous photojournalist mother, including the sprawling island home which has been in her family for generations. When the islanders give Hallie a chilly welcome, she's forced to depend on a few new-found confidants to help her navigate her twisted family tree, and to defend her against the sinister ghosts she begins seeing on the island.

Hallie soon learns that her ancestors were both gifted and cursed by witchcraft, and she must use her gift - the greatest in generations - to set things right. Part murder mystery and part fairy tale, this book is more lightweight than I had expected but it was a fun ride, and the spooky ambiance of the island (a ringer for Mackinac) is perfectly described by the author.
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