Margaret Koch tells us a tale of murder, romance, and the occult in (book seven of her Dr. Barb Stark Mystery Series) Cauldron.
It is impossible to read this book without laughing and falling in love with each and every quirky character. While pondering the human condition. When life challenges us with the unexplained do we wish it to be kept a mystery or do we want everything explained?
Is there, in fact, truth to the power of a curse, is magic real? Are we haunted on deeper levels by the mystery of life when it is arcane? Margaret Koch, both answers these questions and leaves us wondering about them as she draws us into the life of Dr. Barb Stark, who is by all accounts a bit different herself.
Ms. Koch is a master at characterization and drawing one into her stories. I have been reading them out of order, but it doesn’t seem to matter much as each book stands alone and fills in bits of backstory to her characters without being redundant. There is nothing repetitive nor predictable in Margaret Koch’s books.
I adored this book, it made me laugh at the foibles of us humans as it led me on the path to discover the murderer. It left me wondering how much of our lives are ruined and changed by the presuppositions we carry around in our heads and hearts.
Dr. Barb Stark has a knack for getting herself caught up in the most unusual events. Combining a natural curiosity, with the way Dr. Stark’s brain leaps from the twitch of an eyebrow, to the sighting of a strange looking man and comes up with two + two equals five. Ms. Koch keeps one guessing about what will come next in her story.
Ms. Koch definitely got me hooked on her writing and the stories she weaves.