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HARM NONE: A Rowan Gant Investigation (Book 1)

THE WITCH AND THE DEAD...

They say dead men tell no tales. I really wish that was true, because the dead tell me more than I ever wanted to know.

My name is Rowan Gant. I’m just an average guy...well, except for the fact that I’m a Witch. That last part is the reason I’m the go-to-guy for the local cops whenever a murder is a little beyond the pale and they need a consultant with knowledge of the Occult. I didn’t actually want the job, but apparently the job wanted me.

It all started when I was asked to decipher some symbols found at a crime scene. The police needed answers, and as it turns out so did I. You see, fate being what it is I had a personal connection to the victim when she was still among the living. It gets worse, though... The images in the crime scene photos gave me a sick feeling that the killer wasn’t finished. I could see—even feel—what was coming next, and it was not going to be good.

In fact, it was going to be downright evil...

Published: WillowTree Press on
ISBN: 9781452478944
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Very meh Wiccan detective solves crimes with his painfully stereotypical Native American cop friend while battling psychic forces. Rather gory.more
In the first of the Rowan Gant Investigation series we are introduced to Rowan, his wife Felicity and his friend Ben Storm. Ben just happens to be a St. Louis homicide detective. Rowan and Felicity also happen to be Wiccans. So when Ben comes across a case that has occult overtones he consults Rowan for some insights. Rowan offers some useful information and then all hell breaks loose. Rowan finds himself being contacted by the spirit of the murder victim (who just happens to have been a former student). The murder is especially brutal and disturbing and, unfortunately, only the beginning.In his efforts to help the spirit he finds himself more involved in this murder investigation than he ever intended. In addition to trying to find the serial killer, we follow along as Rowan tries to deal with his new (and unwanted) psychic talents.Rowan, Felicity and Ben are flawed, sometimes annoying and ultimately human characters. None are perfect and all of them are disturbed by the case. I really appreciate that Sellars treats spellworking in a realistic way and not as something that creates fireworks and leads to flying on broomsticks.When this book was done, I was glad I had the next one ready to start reading.more
This is the first book in the Rowan Gant series. I have to say that I'm not nearly very enthusiastic about this book. The story was interesting enough, and the "woowhoo" factor was fairly high -- with many psychic visions and odd dreams. But there was just something about the way the characters talked to each other, the way they interacted, that rang false to me. Much too stilted, conversations that just didn't seem true to life, the way friends or spouses really talk to one another. The character of Ben Storm came off seeming almost like a buffoon at times. It just didn't ring true.I wanted to read the book, also, because it was set in St. Louis, which is only about 100 miles from me and I'm pretty familiar with the city. I couldn't help but picture a friend of mine who happens to live in St. Louis (a certain "wizard") in the role of Rowan Gant. He certainly looks the part, even if his religious views are completely different. That made the book a little more interesting for me, too, I'll have to admit.The story was good, and now that I've gotten to know the characters a bit, perhaps I'll enjoy the next book in the series a bit more. I'll give this one a 3.5.more
Exciting mystery with not too much gore. It is described, but not in so much detail as to make you ill. Terrific writing kept me turning the page, even at work. Thrilling to the end, it is possible to guess the killer, but not until later in the book. (A nice change from the fluffies) The last chapters are action packed. Worth reading I got through the 300 odd pages in less than one day so I can honestly say and fast read.more
I haven't read many of the Rowan Gant mysteries, but I did enjoy this one. I found the main characters a little stereotypical, but overall it's a pretty good first novel.more
I wasn't really sure, what I was getting. Witches, magic, something like "Charmed", but on paper? It turned out to be a pretty good crime novel with an alternative religion as a backdrop. The main character, Rowan Gant, is a Wiccan - a witch. Not one with a broom, not even an electrified one, but someone believing in a pagan religion. And Sellars makes it feel like the most normal thing in the world, even when it turns supernatural. The characters are well drawn, Rowan is a nice guy - Sellars' alter ego, I am sure -, his police friend Ben Storm is a nice guy, the bad guy is really evil - perhaps a little one-dimensional and too sugary on occassion. And the style is a bit flowery for my taste. A lot of adjectives and the first sentence of the book made me scream and almost throw it into a corner in disgust, but the story is so good, that already during the first chapter I decided to ignore that and get on with it.Very good, I am looking forward to the next one. Although the sometimes convoluted style and grammar make me cringe, it's worth it!more
For a series opener, Harm None was not bad. I would recommend to readers interested in Wicca or the occult, and to readers who don't mind suspending logic & belief for a few hours. I enjoyed it, and I will definitely be following the series.brief plot summary w/o spoilers:Rowan Gant and his wife, Felicity, are witches. That is, they are Wicca practitioners. When one of his former students is found dead, Rowan's policeman friend Ben Storm calls Rowan in for some advice -- it seems the girl was found dead and a pentacle was drawn on the wall,her blood dripping down the wall. The police just think this is the act of some whacko Satanist, but Rowan knows better. He also knows that this murder is not the only one to come.The pace of the novel is kind of slow, but that's understandable in a series first. We are just meeting the characters and understanding their individual personalities. The writing is good,the story is good and there aren't any stupid superfluous scenes to get in the way of the story. Try it!more
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Very meh Wiccan detective solves crimes with his painfully stereotypical Native American cop friend while battling psychic forces. Rather gory.more
In the first of the Rowan Gant Investigation series we are introduced to Rowan, his wife Felicity and his friend Ben Storm. Ben just happens to be a St. Louis homicide detective. Rowan and Felicity also happen to be Wiccans. So when Ben comes across a case that has occult overtones he consults Rowan for some insights. Rowan offers some useful information and then all hell breaks loose. Rowan finds himself being contacted by the spirit of the murder victim (who just happens to have been a former student). The murder is especially brutal and disturbing and, unfortunately, only the beginning.In his efforts to help the spirit he finds himself more involved in this murder investigation than he ever intended. In addition to trying to find the serial killer, we follow along as Rowan tries to deal with his new (and unwanted) psychic talents.Rowan, Felicity and Ben are flawed, sometimes annoying and ultimately human characters. None are perfect and all of them are disturbed by the case. I really appreciate that Sellars treats spellworking in a realistic way and not as something that creates fireworks and leads to flying on broomsticks.When this book was done, I was glad I had the next one ready to start reading.more
This is the first book in the Rowan Gant series. I have to say that I'm not nearly very enthusiastic about this book. The story was interesting enough, and the "woowhoo" factor was fairly high -- with many psychic visions and odd dreams. But there was just something about the way the characters talked to each other, the way they interacted, that rang false to me. Much too stilted, conversations that just didn't seem true to life, the way friends or spouses really talk to one another. The character of Ben Storm came off seeming almost like a buffoon at times. It just didn't ring true.I wanted to read the book, also, because it was set in St. Louis, which is only about 100 miles from me and I'm pretty familiar with the city. I couldn't help but picture a friend of mine who happens to live in St. Louis (a certain "wizard") in the role of Rowan Gant. He certainly looks the part, even if his religious views are completely different. That made the book a little more interesting for me, too, I'll have to admit.The story was good, and now that I've gotten to know the characters a bit, perhaps I'll enjoy the next book in the series a bit more. I'll give this one a 3.5.more
Exciting mystery with not too much gore. It is described, but not in so much detail as to make you ill. Terrific writing kept me turning the page, even at work. Thrilling to the end, it is possible to guess the killer, but not until later in the book. (A nice change from the fluffies) The last chapters are action packed. Worth reading I got through the 300 odd pages in less than one day so I can honestly say and fast read.more
I haven't read many of the Rowan Gant mysteries, but I did enjoy this one. I found the main characters a little stereotypical, but overall it's a pretty good first novel.more
I wasn't really sure, what I was getting. Witches, magic, something like "Charmed", but on paper? It turned out to be a pretty good crime novel with an alternative religion as a backdrop. The main character, Rowan Gant, is a Wiccan - a witch. Not one with a broom, not even an electrified one, but someone believing in a pagan religion. And Sellars makes it feel like the most normal thing in the world, even when it turns supernatural. The characters are well drawn, Rowan is a nice guy - Sellars' alter ego, I am sure -, his police friend Ben Storm is a nice guy, the bad guy is really evil - perhaps a little one-dimensional and too sugary on occassion. And the style is a bit flowery for my taste. A lot of adjectives and the first sentence of the book made me scream and almost throw it into a corner in disgust, but the story is so good, that already during the first chapter I decided to ignore that and get on with it.Very good, I am looking forward to the next one. Although the sometimes convoluted style and grammar make me cringe, it's worth it!more
For a series opener, Harm None was not bad. I would recommend to readers interested in Wicca or the occult, and to readers who don't mind suspending logic & belief for a few hours. I enjoyed it, and I will definitely be following the series.brief plot summary w/o spoilers:Rowan Gant and his wife, Felicity, are witches. That is, they are Wicca practitioners. When one of his former students is found dead, Rowan's policeman friend Ben Storm calls Rowan in for some advice -- it seems the girl was found dead and a pentacle was drawn on the wall,her blood dripping down the wall. The police just think this is the act of some whacko Satanist, but Rowan knows better. He also knows that this murder is not the only one to come.The pace of the novel is kind of slow, but that's understandable in a series first. We are just meeting the characters and understanding their individual personalities. The writing is good,the story is good and there aren't any stupid superfluous scenes to get in the way of the story. Try it!more
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