Monday, May 15, 2017

Bloodline by Vicki Vass - #review #giveaway

Fleeing from the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts this last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline.



The action in Bloodline stretches from the Burning Times and Salem to modern-day Asheville.  The first chapters are home to a particular bit of cleverness which I will not give away.  But a few minutes of well-invested time will reveal all.

I am almost completely under the spell of Ms. Vass's story.  I could feel the terror of the fleeing women and girls in Salem boiling in my veins.  Her descriptions of old Asheville wrapped themselves around me like a warm, handmade quilt, guaranteed to keep the chill of crisp air and fog of mystery away.

The murder happens early on, and as the victim was a 70-year-old homeless man, you know the authorities are not going to be offering overtime to see the crime solved.  That statement isn't really a swipe at the local LEO's as it may seem, but a reflection of the way society treats the homeless.  In fact, there may not be a lot of information on the victim to be found.

Luckily, Terra and the ladies of the Biltmore Society are on hand to fill in the gaps.  You see, they  have access to resources that ... just aren't available to or accessed by local authorities.  I don't give the culprit(s) much chance of escape.

If you are looking for a highly entertaining and enjoyable book, you need look no further.  Bloodline will be just your cup of tea.  (I am smiling outwardly and inwardly even now thinking about it.)  I'm wondering how many times I will have it re-read before the next adventure appears.  No pressure. ;)



Vicki Vass traded in her reporter’s notebook to pursue her passion of writing cozy mysteries. Her Antique Hunter series was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem contest. Bloodline is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.



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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)


  1. Hi LuAnn: Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Terra and her ladies are my favorite characters. I, too, can't wait for the next installment in their story.

    Vicki Vass

  2. Ooh -- Bloodline sounds really good. Thanks so much for featuring it on your blog -- I can't wait to read it!

  3. I really enjoyed the description of the book and the review. The story sounds really interesting, from Salem MA to Asheville NC has to make for a great story.

  4. Those times must have been so scary for a lot of women... the finger of accusation was pointing everywhere. I feel like the play The Crucible nails that period of time for me really well. Great review!