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At Halloween, Salem, Massachusetts is a hot spot for Witch and tourist alike. But when a murder spree begins, a cop and scientist must team up to find the killer before a media circus unleashes, panic ensues, and more victims are killed.Forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh Abbott are called in to investigate burned remains followAt Halloween, Salem, Massachusetts is a hot spot for Witch and tourist alike. But when a murder spree begins, a cop and scientist must team up to find the killer before a media circus unleashes, panic ensues, and more victims are killed.Forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh Abbott are called in to investigate burned remains following a fire in a historic antique shop. As Matt, Leigh and their team of graduate students investigate the death, clues point to Salem’s traditional Witchcraft community. However, having dabbled in the Craft as a teenager, Leigh is skeptical that someone who has sworn an oath of good to all and harm to none would commit premeditative murder, let alone kill in such a vicious way.A second body is found in a similar fire and the team begins to suspect that coven members are being framed. Now they must solve the murders before 100,000 tourists overrun Salem for what could be the deadliest Halloween of their lives....

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ISBN : 9781432828097
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A Flame in the Wind of Death Reviews

  • Kathy
    2019-04-15 17:30

    Jen J. Danna and Ann Vanderlaan have created a series that has proved its staying power with its third tale of Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh Abbott and forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell. A Flame in the Wind of Death is the second full-length book in the series, with the first being Dead Without a Stone to Tell It. No One Sees Me ‘Til I Fall was a novella in between last year’s debut novel and this April 2014 release. I am dazed by the flawless flow of these narratives. Not wanting to play favorites, but having topics of particular interest, I must confess that A Flame in the Wind of Death captured me especially. It’s Salem, Massachusetts with Halloween on the doorstep, and a murderer strikes with a vengeance. When a fire in a Salem antique shop reveals grisly remains of a woman with ties to the Witchcraft community Abbott and Lowell have their work cut out for them in determining the victim's identity and finding the murderer. So, the setting and setup are perfect for a tale in which bones must talk and shadows must be chased. The pressure is on, as Salem prepares to welcome an outpouring of tourists on its busiest days of the year. When a second similar murder occurs without any obvious connection to the first, nerves quickly become frayed. Both murders are over the top, with the victims never having had a chance for survival. Someone has an axe to grind, and whether he or she is finished is anyone’s guess. Caught up in the intensity and pressure of the investigation, Abbott and Lowell aren’t finding much time for romance in their blossoming relationship, but then again, they are quite resourceful. The forensics are fascinating in this latest addition to Abbott and Lowell, as all of this series deals with detailed forensics, not skimming the top, but delving into the intricacies of bone, muscle, tissue layers -- and, yet, in Matt breaking it down and explaining it to Leigh, the reader comes to understand, too. Never do the explanations outweigh the narrative of the story. They enrich it, cleverly woven into the narrative and ever moving Abbott and Lowell closer to solving the case. In A Flame in the Wind of Death, there is the additional element of fire and charred remains that add to the complexities of Matt Lowell’s job as a forensic anthropologist. It is through the examination and close scrutiny of the skeletal remains of the victims that answers will be found as to the final minutes of life and means of death, which cry out to be heard. Beginning the chapters with a well-defined piece of the jargon used in the subject of the book, in this instance fires and fire fighting, greatly enhances the understanding of the action. The research on fires and fire fighting has been thoroughly conducted, and the reader can be assured of authenticity in the gripping storyline. Also, there is a conciseness of language to be enjoyed, use of the apposite word instead of a plethoric ramble. The authors are so adept at this practice that I can’t help but delight in such well-placed words. The characters of this series are evolving at a steady pace in each novel, and the reader can’t help but feel a bond with not only Abbott and Lowell, but Matt’s forensic team as well. Then there is Matt’s father, the ME, and Leigh’s co-workers. All the characters are so well fleshed out, adding the familiarity and back story that readers crave and appreciate. Sound structure, sound narrative, and sound writing. You don’t pay your nickel and take your chances with this series. You pay your nickel and get great reading.

  • Diane
    2019-04-13 10:22

    Really liked this book and I am loving this series. The authors have a very unique style that has won me over.This book takes you into the world of fires whether they are set or natural, fire terminology is briefly defined at the beginning of each chapter.The two main characters are back in action - State Trooper Leigh Abbott and Dr. Matthew Lowell the anthropologist. The chemistry between the two works really well, plus the help provided from Dr. Lowell's grad students.Some red herrings are tossed around, and a really rare medical condition is in the forefront of this investigation - one that I have recently heard of and have met someone with this same condition - scary.2 thumbs up and 5 stars, thank you!

  • Judi
    2019-04-04 15:09

    A really great second book in the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries series! Someone is setting fires in Salem shortly before Halloween. And badly burned bodies are found in the destruction. Are the fires related to Witchcraft? Leigh and Matt's new relationship is starting to develop, but they are kept busy trying to solve the case before the next victims are added to the body count. Things get a little too hot for them at the fiery conclusion. I was lucky to be given an advanced proof copy, because the book doesn't come out until May 2014. Until then you can start with the first book in the series, "Dead, Without a Stone to Tell it" and then read the Novella "No One Sees Me Til I Fall" All 3 can be stand alone books, but the whole series is so good you won't want to miss one! Very good writing, very descriptive details, and a likeable cast of characters will leave readers, including me, clamoring for more. I predict that this will be a long and successful series.

  • Pamela
    2019-03-31 09:28

    "A Flame in the Wind of Death" is book 3 in the "Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries," and like books 1 and 2 is a terrific read as it's full of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Once again, Leigh and Matt and his three students are gathered together to solve the mystery of who's setting fires to buildings that just so happens to include murdered bodies that are beyond recognition. Like always, the forensic details are clear and concise giving the reader a clear understanding of how each victim was killed, and how it may lead to the killer. My only one issue with the novel is that compared to the last two novels, the forensic details were a little too much in that there was more of it this round. Otherwise, an amazing novel that lovers of mysteries/thrillers would love.The one thing that stood out for me was how much both Leigh and Matt had evolved from when we were first introduced to them. In books 1 and 2 there's just a hint of a close relationship that may turn into something a little more serious between the two, which happily does in book 3. Not only does their relationship heat up, it's taken to a whole new level, and I have to say that the author did it justice. Just like the well-written and in-depth mysteries the author delivers in each of her novels, she gives her readers romance that most definitely sizzles between the two, at the same time making it come across as more real and genuine. Even better, we're privy to both Leigh's and Matt's feelings of vulnerability; of how much their relationship has changed for the better as they're both able to open up and lean on each other for support. Once again, I find myself liking both characters more and more with each passing novel. If that's not enough, the author added a secondary plot into the mix that I thought was brilliant. Some readers were not happy that the mini-plot was never resolved here in book 3. I, however, don't feel the same way. If anything, it just made me look forward to getting my hands on the next installment even more than I already did as it looks like it'll be one of the toughest cases that Leigh has to face as it pertains to Leigh's father.If you haven't read this series, I highly suggest you do and start with book 1, "Dead Without a Stone to Tell it."

  • Michele
    2019-03-28 13:27

    2nd books are hard. 3rd books are even harder. Flame is the 2nd full length book in the series, but the third story told and I just find myself so impressed with the way it didn't fall into any of the usual traps. The new mystery deepens the relationship between Matt and Leigh. It provides a little more time with the engaging set of grad students. It opens up another part of town, let's us meet others in the community. It allows us to see more of Matt and Leigh as individuals. Not for one second did I feel as though plot elements, or the new information we learned, was there just to further the mystery. Character, they develop and open up to one another. The vulnerabilities they are willing to show, and therefore the resources they do or do not have access to as a result of how much or how little they have shared, affects how they can solve problems and grow. Matt and Leigh solve the mystery, but they do it like people do, using what they have, and do not solve it because some Author somewhere provided them with a backstory that conveniently allowed them to.I think what I am trying to say is that I find these books so uncontrived, genuine, and organic in the development of character and relationship, that the plots--which are detailed, painstakingly developed, and convincing--are vehicles for character, rather than the other way around. I loved reading every word of this book and I miss Matt and Leigh already!

  • Michelle Winner-swann
    2019-04-09 11:14

    This is the third and most recent Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mystery, a series I hope will continue for a very long time.Without giving away any of the plot or any spoilers, I just want to say that Jen J. Danna has a gift for detail and imagery. I am spellbound when reading her books. The characters are well drawn, and with each book, we learn more and more about them. I feel like I know them; like I've been with them in the field. Ms. Danna weaves an interesting story, never making the reader feel like characters or story/plot are diminished by exposition of the other. I would love to write more, but I fear I would give something away. If you enjoy mysteries, pick up Jen's books. You will be engrossed from the first page until the very end.I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this book. It comes out in May 2014.Encore!!!

  • Nancy Reynolds
    2019-04-02 14:31

    This is the first book I've read in this series. Now I can't wait for the next in the series, and I will have to go back and read the earlier books in the series. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the the next book does delve further into the witchcraft information. I totally enjoyed the entire cast of characters in the book. I also loved all the details and information shared with the reader. The introduction to each chapter - a definition of words/terminology that had bearing on the story line - was a great idea. Very much interested in more books by Ms. Dana and Ms. Vanderlaan. Thanks for a great read!

  • Mystereity Reviews
    2019-04-24 10:32

    Good. I enjoyed it better than the first one. This is listed as book #3 in the series but there's novella that came out between the 2 and frankly, I'm not sure it's worth the read. The transition between book 1 to this book is seamless and no other references are made, save for the murders in the first book. I enjoyed the plot, it moved along pretty well and the ending, although not a complete surprise, was still entertaining enough to be satisfying. There wasn't much forensic-y type stuff going on, except for an autopsy or 2.Overall, an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-02 11:28

    Good mysteryThe authors write good mysteries. Will continue reading the series. Leigh and Matt(scientist) get another case. This one is a fire with a very burned body at its center. In Salem did the witches do it?(victim was originally in a cove.).

  • Megan
    2019-04-18 16:08

    The second full length novel from Jen J Danna with Ann Vanderlaan, ‘A Flame in the Wind of Death’ is a powerfully developed story, rich in both technical and plot detail that builds the tension to its heart thumping conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed every word – and I made sure I took my time and read them all (I tend to ‘flash’ read when a story is as exciting as this one, but I miss a lot of detail that way). When, on the brink of Halloween, a body is found deep inside a building ravaged by fire, the police turn to the scientific community to unlock the victim’s identity and cause of death from the horribly disfigured remains. What they find points them to a local coven and we are offered a tantalizing glimpse into the world of Salem’s witches that I found fascinating. But where will the trail finally lead them? I particularly liked that ‘Flame’, the third story so far in the series teaming Trooper Leigh Abbott and forensic anthropologist Dr Matt Lowell, is set on a close timeline to the other two preceding stories. There is a sense of continuity that is a delight, even though each story comfortably stands alone. From their prickly introduction in ‘Dead, Without a Stone to Tell It’ and closely followed by the novella, ‘No One Sees Me 'Til I Fall’, we are treated to seeing the developing relationship between Matt and Leigh; an indulgence that does not disappoint. An intriguing sub-plot introduces a question mark over the death of Leigh’s police officer father that hints strongly of more to come. That Leigh revealed the pain of this development to Matt, speaks more to the building intimacy between the two than anything. I’m looking forward to the further development of this story and its resolution in future work.The talent and hard work of Danna and Vanderlaan shines through; there is a strong sense of place and time, along with a richness of detail that enhances the gripping narrative. Danna has woven a tale that is involving and more than credible; this is a very good read indeed.

  • Lorraine
    2019-04-13 17:26

    While I loved the plot and the solving of the case presented in "A Flame in the Wind of Death," I found some of the writing to be a tad bit too technical for my personal taste. The research scientist side of the authors clearly shines through, and I ended up learning a few new things and adding several new words to my vocabulary. I cannot criticize the authors for this; instead, I have to complement them for expanding my repertoire! The one thing I didn't really like is that there is a sub-plot that was not resolved. I understand that this is a tactic used my many series writers to get you to keep reading, and so I can't fault the authors for successfully pulling this off. I'm intrigued and looking forward to the next book in this series already! I'm just the type of person who likes all loose ends to be tied up by the end of the book.The final scene in the book, however, is awesome. Without giving too much away, I will say that it ties together the progress the characters have made thus far, and is a beautiful tribute to the dead. Having read all three books so far (Dead, Without a Stone to Tell It and the novella, No One Sees Me 'Til I Fall), I have to say that the authors are doing a bang-up job with this series. I'm hooked. I also like seeing the romance between the two main characters develop, and I'm not a romance fan AT ALL. But, given their tenuous backgrounds, it's nice to learn about their pasts and their issues with their scars. Having had multiple surgeries in my life, I think this is a nice touch, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this sub-plot is developed further.I'd recommend that you catch up on your reading before book four in this series is released!

  • Annie
    2019-04-08 11:27

    4 hot stars...;)First of, who knew? I feel like I just took a class in firefighting and Magic 101! this was a thrilling, fast, page turning ride that takes place in Salem MA. I knew immediately who "done it" and I must say it took Leigh long enough to figure it out, of course this could be because her mind is on her Scientist partner and friend, Matt. Each chapter has a heading with an explanation of a word or phrase that has to do with all things fire or magic, nifty bit of information that I really enjoyed. This is the third book in this series, I'll have to read the first two because these books are a fun & fascinating read.Someone has a hot grudge and is murdering victims and setting fire to first, a business, then a church and the evidence seems to be pointing to the witches of Salem because their tools of the trade are left at the site as the murder weapons. It is up to trooper Leigh Abbot and Dr. Mathew Lowell to find the fire bug before the towns big Halloween celebration where keeping the townspeople tourists and the Salem witches happy is priority number one. So what do childhood diseases, Mothers looking for attention, priests looking the other way, Realtors, witches watching their backs, sexual orientation, incendiary devices, Antique stores and bully cops all have to do with this story? I suggest you hop in your vehicle or on your broom, however it is you get around and go get this book to find out and maybe, just maybe ...Merry meet again...;D

  • Jane
    2019-03-31 09:26

    Witches, fire starters, firefighters, people’s pasts and a little bit of romance all mixed together and you have Jen J. Danna & Ann Vanderlaan’s latest novel ‘A Flame in the Wind of Death’. Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh Abbott and Forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell are brought together again when a body is found burned beyond recognition in the town of Salem. Suspicion immediately falls on or is pointed towards the local witch community but thanks to some prior knowledge, Leigh knows that this community is one of peace and harmony. It is now up to Leigh, Matt and Matt’s team to find out if this is a grudge against the Salem Witches or if there is a baser motive at play.Exquisite attention to detail is a running theme in the Abbott/Lowell novels. By the end of ‘Flame’, you may just find yourself having a greater bank of knowledge about fire setting, fire fighting and most especially, fire investigation techniques. And we learn that people’s motives can really be quite heart breaking.In the midst of trying to find the killer and stop any potential panic that the discovery of burned bodies in Salem at Halloween could cause, Leigh and Matt’s personal relationship is slowly heating up. Is it hot in here??! Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing. Death has a nasty habit of getting in the way but they seem pretty determined to find some time for themselves.Danna and Vanderlaan have hit their stride with this second full length installment of the Abbott/Lowell series

  • Victoria Goldman
    2019-04-09 10:17

    The prologue sucked me into the story straight away with its vivid description of a fire set by an arsonist.As the third book in the series, A Flame in the Wind of Death provided me with more background into the existing characters and an insight into what makes them tick. It also took the relationship between Leigh and Mike to a new level. Even the sex scene was beautifully written, neither smutty nor cliched.By reading the book, I learnt a lot about the forensics of fire damage and also a rare medical condition that was a key part of the plot. Again, as with the previous books, all of the science was well explained in lay terms but as part of the story so it didn't feel like a textbook.I enjoyed the ending and - as expected - it left me wanting more. This has become a new series for me to follow, and I look forward to the fourth book, which is being published next month (18 February 2015).

  • Kaleena Rheeya
    2019-04-06 10:23

    I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaways. Jen Danna and Ann Vanderlaan have done a fantastic job with "A Flame in the Wind of Death." This is the first time I have read a book from either author. Despite this being book three in their Abbott and Lowell series, I did not feel as though I was lost reading this book. Besides a few spoilers for the previous two books, this book can basically stand on its own.I greatly appreciated to attention to detail and respect the authors gave to Wicca, Salem, Forensic Science, and fire fighting. You can tell they took great care in the research they put into this book. The time stamps and definitions at the start of each chapter were a nice touch. I enjoyed this book immensely and plan to read both past and future books from Danna and Vanderlaan. Thank you both for the effort you put into this book. You make an excellent writing pair. It is so well crafted that the book sounds as though it is written by one voice/mind instead of two.

  • Argum
    2019-04-19 10:30

    The second full length book in the series. I think I may have missed a little something by not having read that e novella, but nothing too confusing to the main story. Leigh and Matt are working their third case together and not much time has passed since the first book ended. A major fire happens at an antique store and a badly burned body is discovered. The medical examiner requests Matt who in turn demands only Trooper Leigh Abbott as the assigned police officer in charge, angering her nasty colleague. The body is identified as a former member of a local coven killed by her own ceremonial knife. When another fire occurs at a closed church, this time causing the death of the priest, things get more confusing and urgent. Didn't really see the ending coming but really should have. Enjoyed the characters and the way the case was solved if not the actual ending.

  • Cathy
    2019-04-08 10:15

    Third in a series of well-documented crime dramas, "A Flame in the Wind of Death" is a vivid narrative of Trooper Leigh Abbott's encounter with a vindictive firebug. Abbott works through the case with her team of forensic anthropologists, led by the handsome Dr. Matt Lowell. Author Jen J. Danna describes scientific developments with incredible detail and clarity, connecting dots that the reader may not even know were in each other's vicinity. Her ability to clarify even the most technical jargon made the story come alive.Although I don't typically read this genre, I was unable to put this book down. Its dramatic and swift pace kept me turning pages until I reached the final page. If you enjoy fast-moving stories of criminal intrigue, you will not be disappointed with "A Flame in the Wind of Death."

  • Mary Ringe
    2019-04-17 15:14

    The third in the Abbott and Lowell series of murder mysteries. I can't say enough good about this series. Each mystery encompasses a different science (in this case the science of arson). The science behind the murder is carefully researched but doesn't overwhelm the reader. Just enough exposition that you are drawn into the explanation until you can smell the whiff of smoke before everything blows up. Abbott and Lowell are characters that I find myself really invested in. I want to know more about them but their relationship doesn't take over the story - just flavors it until at the end I wish there were just another taste. I know I will be looking for the next book in this series just for another bite. Hopefully this series will go on for a long, long time.

  • Alanna Pfeifler-McKee
    2019-03-26 17:30

    Leigh, Matt and the gang are all back in this third installment of the Abbott and Lowell forensic mysteries. Someone is leaving a path of murder and destruction in their wake, and it's up to Leigh and Matt to discover who's responsible before the killer strikes again.I cannot get enough of Leigh and Matt. The dynamics of their professional and personal relationship is incredible and I found myself unable to put down this book, finishing it in less than 24 hours. Not only was the main plot intriguing, the sub-plot involving Nathaniel Abbott, Leigh's deceased father, was introduced and promises to be thrilling in books to come.Book four cannot come soon enough!

  • Paulina D.
    2019-04-10 14:19

    Leigh, Matt and his grad students are back for the third installment of what is fast becoming my favourite mystery series of all time. An arsonist is on the loose in Salem, and the evidence does not look good for the Witchcraft community. The plot moves quickly along, with the detailed research (on all fronts - firefighting, Witchcraft, and anthropology) leading it through twists and turns to a very unexpected conclusion.A lovely, fast paced read. I can't wait for the next installment of the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries!

  • Carrie
    2019-04-18 15:19

    I thought it would be fun to read a seasonal story - October, witches, autumn. And what better place than Salem, Massachusetts? If you like your murder mysteries with out any blood or guts, the female police officer just isn't realistic, and there seems to be no romantic spark between the main couple even though they are secretly dating, this is your book. I threw it down in disgust half way through.

  • Crystal M
    2019-03-29 11:34

    Just finished this book having never read any of the other books in the series. Even with no knowledge of the series, I was able to get a sense of the relationships between everyone and understand what was going on. I thought that this was an enjoyable read that was very well-researched. I also liked the definitions at the beginning of the chapters that fit with events in the chapter.

  • Peggy
    2019-04-07 09:14

    Interesting subject matter - filled with details of modern witchcraft, FOP disease and fire/firefighting, none of which I knew much about (in fact, I'd never heard of FOP disease, which is the ossification of muscles and the connective tissue, i.e. the transition of muscle to bone). A horrific disease!

  • Tammie Smith
    2019-04-15 16:08

    This was a great murder mystery set in Salam, Mass. It involved State trooper Leigh Abbott and forensic anthropologist Dr. Matt Lowell. They find a charred body inside a store. Dr. Matt Lowell and his students have to determine who it is. This book is not hard to follow if you are not a scientist. It kept my interest. I wanted to know who did it. I recommend this book.I won this on goodreads.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-24 17:33

    I was lucky enough to win this book through goodreads giveaways and i just finished reading it! I genuinely enjoyed this book and as a fan of crime mysteries, this one did not disappoint. Now i just need to get my hands on the rest of the series because I'm invested in the characters!

  • Vicki
    2019-04-17 15:16

    A nice continuation to the series. I enjoy the mystery and watching the relationship between the primaries continue to evolve. Fascinating to look at the behind the scenes work and this had a nice medical touch, also. And, I must say, I do like the scoobies.

  • Marg Corjay
    2019-04-23 09:12

    I really liked this book. It was edge-of-your-seat exciting, lots of fire investigation info, likeable characters and a touch of romantic tension. Fast-paced and intelligently written.

  • Shirley
    2019-03-28 15:38

    Surprised by the murderer but not the motive. Enjoy the series despite them being pretty predictable.

  • Georgia Lengyel
    2019-03-26 12:38

    Glad to see this book in the series is back to the standard of the first. Just don't think the description of the romantic part of Abbott and Lowell's life is necessary.

  • Harlequin Books
    2019-04-03 09:24

    Miniseries: Abbott and Lowell Forensic