Murderous Reviews: Dana E Donovan – Eye of The Witch (Tony Marcella Mysteries #02) – (2006)
Detective Marcella is called out of retirement (He’s 65 you know, although I would have never guessed that from the first book) by his old sidekick, hungry Carlos, to investigate a series of bizarre suicides linked to each other by various connections and the Paranormal Research Centre which was the epicentre of the last series of paranormal murders.
A new young detective, Spinelli, is introduced, as well as a new police station equipped with state of the art computer tech.
This is far more enjoyable than the original novel, which was beset by impausible motives and scenarios and introduced far too many characters all at once, many of whom didn’t survive long enough to become interesting.
Donovan seems to have found his feet here though (Yes, Dana E Donovan is a man. I hope he forgives me for mis-sexing him until I got to the author biography at the back) and returning characters seem far more fleshed out and developed. The plot is more complex and employs a couple of red herrings. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s an enjoyable and engrossing read and I have already purchased the next in the series, so that’s all that matters really.