The Burning of Rachel Hayes
Edgar Award-winning authorDoug Allyn's latest novel features one of his most endearing characters - small-town veterinarian David Westbrook. Short stories featuring Dr. Westbrook have won the Ellery Queen Readers Award three times. Five Star is pleased to present the first full-length novel about the vet who keeps getting in over his head, no matter how hard he tries to stay out of trouble. After a stint in jail which cost him his wife and career, Dr. David Westbrook takes his battered Jeep, one-eyed cat, and his troubled past to northern Michigan to start over. His plans aren't grand. He only wants to open a small country clinic where he can heal injured animals, and maybe himself, at the same time. But he's chosen the wrong county. In 1871, a Michigan woman named Rachel Hayes vanished in one of the Great Fires that ravaged the Midwest. When her remains are recovered from a long lost well, it's considered an amazing archaeological find. At first. Until the fires begin again. And the strange accidents start happening. As David struggles to build his practice, and his life, he becomes entangled in an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Rachel Hayes' death. At the same time, he also finds himself falling into a very modern love affair and all of the problems that brings with it. But the violence and accidents don't stop, and as the people around him are placed in more jeopardy, David realizes he must find out who - or what - is behind all of this. He can either believe in ghosts or something far worse - an evil so vast that even a million-acre forest fire can't burn it away.Doug Allyn lives in Montrose, Michigan.
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THE BURNING OF RACHEL HAYESUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A small-town vet investigates a century-old crime while coping with his messy personal life.Northern Michigan, 1871: Farm wife Rachel is caught in a late-night fire with Ginger, her terrified collie ... Read full review