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"December's thorn, cruelest in the wood, Will give no rose, but still draw blood" —Traditional Fever Devilin is an academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he's returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past "December's thorn, cruelest in the wood, Will give no rose, but still draw blood" —Traditional Fever Devilin is an academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he's returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past is always complicated. Still recovering from a near-death experience, Fever is visited by a woman who claims to be his wife. And she's there to deliver some shocking news: Fever has a son. His friends don't really believe the woman exists—they think she's another hallucination of a mind still slowly recovering from a long-term coma. Fever's fiancée is torn between being outraged and concerned for his mental health. None of this is helped by the fact that Fever, even in the best of times, has a tendency to see things that others don't and that may not, strictly speaking, exist. But when someone starts shooting very real bullets from a very real rifle in Fever's direction, the one thing that everyone can agree upon is that there's something very deadly going on. All Fever has to do is sort out who is trying to kill him—and why—before they succeed.

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"December's thorn, cruelest in the wood, Will give no rose, but still draw blood" —Traditional Fever Devilin is an academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he's returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past "December's thorn, cruelest in the wood, Will give no rose, but still draw blood" —Traditional Fever Devilin is an academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he's returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past is always complicated. Still recovering from a near-death experience, Fever is visited by a woman who claims to be his wife. And she's there to deliver some shocking news: Fever has a son. His friends don't really believe the woman exists—they think she's another hallucination of a mind still slowly recovering from a long-term coma. Fever's fiancée is torn between being outraged and concerned for his mental health. None of this is helped by the fact that Fever, even in the best of times, has a tendency to see things that others don't and that may not, strictly speaking, exist. But when someone starts shooting very real bullets from a very real rifle in Fever's direction, the one thing that everyone can agree upon is that there's something very deadly going on. All Fever has to do is sort out who is trying to kill him—and why—before they succeed.

30 review for December's Thorn: A Fever Devilin Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    First things first: I need to mention I received this book in Goodreads giveaways. Fever Devilin is a retired professor living in a secluded location in a small town. He recovers from a coma (I think it was explained in the previous book). Suddenly a strange woman comes to him claiming to be his wife with his child. Poor Fever does not have any recollection of ever being married, let alone having children, he is also currently engaged - so the complications arise. Strange things start piling up, First things first: I need to mention I received this book in Goodreads giveaways. Fever Devilin is a retired professor living in a secluded location in a small town. He recovers from a coma (I think it was explained in the previous book). Suddenly a strange woman comes to him claiming to be his wife with his child. Poor Fever does not have any recollection of ever being married, let alone having children, he is also currently engaged - so the complications arise. Strange things start piling up, and Fever is not sure whether they are real. I would classify this book as psychological thriller, and it actually is a good book despite what my 3-star rating might indicate. The ratings come from pure frustration moments I had with it - and boy, were they frustrating! Imagine the following dialog with you playing Fever's part: "I saw a strange woman coming to me and claiming to be my wife" you say. "It was your imagination, you are still recovering from coma and cannot tell your dreams from reality" your good loving friends say. ************* "See the footprints in the snow in front of my door: they are woman footprints. The woman was real" you say. "No, you are wrong - the woman was a port of your dream" your good loving friends say. ************* "My psychologist saw the woman, she is real!" you say. "We are still not convinced she is not part of your imagination" your good loving friends say. At this point I would really lose all connections to reality, turn into a homicidal maniac and start killing my good loving friends. Fever did not, which in my opinion proves he is perfectly sane and stable. Speaking of sane, mentioned above Fever's psychologist seems to be out of touch with reality at times, but the sexual tension between her and Fever is really good and interesting. Another frustration: you have a crazy (literally crazy) person who already killed seven people on the loose. An entire police squad is searching for him - and they know his general location. How comes they did not find even a trace of him while Fever and Co. literally stumble on him countless number of times without even trying? What was that squad doing during the search? All in all and despite that I said above, it is a good book and a real page turner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I won this novel from goodreads.com. I absolutely loved this book. Mr. DePoy is responsible for me not doing much besides reading about Fever Devilin and the bizarre life he lived. Every page had me second guessing what I thought would be the outcome. I have to say that I was completely blown away when it was revealed who David and Iscod really were. Not at all what I expected! Now, I want to go back and read the other Fever Devilin novels. Mr. DePoy has a new fan in Louisiana!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I really look forward to each new book in this series. It is always a pleasure to see what Fever is up to this time, and the plots are most definitely twisted. I never manage to guess "Whodunnit".

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    A giant pet peeve of mine is reading books out of order. When I stumble upon an author who is new to me, whose work I enjoy, I like to go to the beginning and start with their first book and read them in order from there. Many books stand alone and can be read in any order and still be entertaining, but reading all the books by an author, especially those with a recurring character, builds layers of comprehension and enjoyment that is missed if you go in random order. A few years ago, I picked up A giant pet peeve of mine is reading books out of order. When I stumble upon an author who is new to me, whose work I enjoy, I like to go to the beginning and start with their first book and read them in order from there. Many books stand alone and can be read in any order and still be entertaining, but reading all the books by an author, especially those with a recurring character, builds layers of comprehension and enjoyment that is missed if you go in random order. A few years ago, I picked up "A Minister's Ghost" by Phillip DePoy at the city library and loved it. Fever Devilin, the main character is compelling and intelligent and the story was fascinating. Set in the deep rural Appalachians country of Georgia, the landscape, community and the unique quirks of the various characters are intriguing to those of us from a whole different world. The only problem? It's the third Fever Devilin book. No, they are not, technically, a series. Yes, you can read them out of order and still enjoy them. But I felt (and still do) that many important elements remain hidden to me, because I haven't read the first two books. I submitted a request-for-purchase, but the library declined to buy them. My only recourse is to buy them for myself. So I added all of them to my Amazon Wish List and moved on with my life. My dad bought me one for my birthday last October-- "A Widow's Curse", which is the fourth. I still haven't read it. I seem to have hit a roadblock, partly because I really, really want to read all of them. In order. But I can't justify spending money on them. A couple of weeks ago, while perusing the library shelves, I discovered that they had bought the most recent installment, which is book seven. So I checked out "December's Thorn" and read it. I keep hearing this little internal voice whispering that I'm breaking my own rule here, and there are things I don't know that I probably should know before reading this book, but I read it anyway. It's a great story, and I still find myself fascinated by Fever and his propensity for attracting supernatural phenomena and strange, dangerous people. He's brilliant, witty, brave and the story is compelling. So, yes, I do recommend it. But you might find yourself wishing you had read all the previous Devilin titles. And if you don't live in my County, you can probably find them all at your library. (Can you tell that another pet peeve of mine is when the library has books in a sort-of-series, but not all of them and seemingly random?!) Sigh. For my friends who want to know: There is little-to-no profanity or naughtiness in these books. I love a good, clean fun read. They are violent and somewhat gory, but otherwise clean.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    READ THE FEVER DEVILIN BOOKS IN ORDER!!!!! Okay there - I've said it again in big letters. Can you read these out of order? Sure, but you'll be missing that little special something called context that will keep you from experiencing Fever's history and world to the fullest. This is a family history series that just happens to have a mystery in each book. Actually you could probably get away with reading the first batch out of order but these last 3 are really a trilogy: The Drifter's Wheel, A Co READ THE FEVER DEVILIN BOOKS IN ORDER!!!!! Okay there - I've said it again in big letters. Can you read these out of order? Sure, but you'll be missing that little special something called context that will keep you from experiencing Fever's history and world to the fullest. This is a family history series that just happens to have a mystery in each book. Actually you could probably get away with reading the first batch out of order but these last 3 are really a trilogy: The Drifter's Wheel, A Corpse's Nightmare & December's Thorn. So December's Thorn seems to finish what was started in A Corpse's Nightmare with Fever continuing to find things out about his family that he'd either forgotten or preferred not to know. The end has a bit of a surprising twist which I'll keep to myself but I love these books. The setting becomes an additional character in each book, I think the writing is gorgeous and the little bit of suspense makes this probably my favorite series of all time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I throughly enjoyed this selection, my first by Philip DuPoy, as the story moved back and forth between the protagonist and the weaving of mythology from several different cultures. It reminds as how similar we are, rather than how different. You find yourself trying to solve the mystery, as you would any other. By following the clues you are given. Unfortunately, the clues keep changing and being added to, and you find yourself searching for a thread you might have missed along the way. I'll cert I throughly enjoyed this selection, my first by Philip DuPoy, as the story moved back and forth between the protagonist and the weaving of mythology from several different cultures. It reminds as how similar we are, rather than how different. You find yourself trying to solve the mystery, as you would any other. By following the clues you are given. Unfortunately, the clues keep changing and being added to, and you find yourself searching for a thread you might have missed along the way. I'll certainly go back and read the novels that preceded this one in order to hone my skills. Mr. DuPoy definitely is an author not to be missed. Thanks for a wonderful Goodreads Giveaway.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela Hostetler

    I've read all of the Fever Devlin novels. Thoroughly enjoyed this one! Easy read, great characters, beautiful descriptive scenery. The intertwining of character story lines is better to those who have followed the characters thru the other books but is not dependent upon it. Highly recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This series just keeps getting better. I suggest you read it in order, because the character of Fever Devilin is so complicated.

  9. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: The past lingers all around us, a clear winter’s light, and a shroud. Not only is academic and folklorist Fever Devlin still recovering for a coma after nearly dying, but his friends are concerned that he is crazy. This fear increases after Fever claims to have been visited by a woman claiming to be his wife and that he has a son. However, when there is no evidence of this woman having been there, Fever’s fiancée asks a friend, Dr. Nelson, to stay with him. No matter what they thi First Sentence: The past lingers all around us, a clear winter’s light, and a shroud. Not only is academic and folklorist Fever Devlin still recovering for a coma after nearly dying, but his friends are concerned that he is crazy. This fear increases after Fever claims to have been visited by a woman claiming to be his wife and that he has a son. However, when there is no evidence of this woman having been there, Fever’s fiancée asks a friend, Dr. Nelson, to stay with him. No matter what they think, phantoms don’t use rifles. From the very first chapter, DePoy draws you into the story and ensures the book won’t be closed until the last word is read. It’s always wise to set aside the time for a non-stop read with a Fever Devlin book, and this was no exception. For those who’ve not read the previous books, DePoy provides very well-done, brief back-stories for the continuing characters. He also introduces fascinating new characters. There is a strong sense of place, excellent dialogue and delightfully wry humor. He also does surprise extremely well. Fever is a wonderful and usual character, and I appreciate the acknowledgement that his life is far from that experienced by the average person. “Fever,” Skidmore began, “you’ve been back home for, what? Eight, nine years now? In that time you have found countless dead bodies, dozens of people have tried to kill you…. You’ve seen ghosts, witches, time travelers, racist murders, and an albino dwarf? So some wild boy shooting up your house a couple of days before Christmas? That’s just another ordinary day in your life. …” Even Fever admits “I am a deeply troubled person.” It’s that acknowledgement that makes the unbelievable, acceptable. Or, perhaps, Dr. Nelson is correct that he is a spook magnet. I enjoyed Dr. Nelson coming up with all the psychological and para-psychological theories about Fever, and his very normal, rather irritated, frustrated dismissal of them; yet revealing an element of his own concern that she may not be wrong. Please don’t dismiss this as a silly, paranormal mystery. What makes it, and the series work, is that the paranormal aspect is so wonderfully done. You don’t know whether events are real or not. The writing is also very intelligent. I love the inclusion of literary information, quotes and references. There are also mouth-watering references to feed which leave one hungry. “December’s Thorn” is a wonderful read. Phillip DePoy is a treasure. May he continue this delightful, unique series for many years yet to come. DECEMBER’S THORN (Ama Sleuth-Fever Develin-Georgia-Contemp)– VG+ DePoy, Phillip – 7th in series Minotaur Books, 2013

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suspense Magazine

    December's Thorn By Phillip DePoy I like surreal, I like mystery, and I like a detachment from the ‘norm.’ Which means I like DePoy’s latest Fever Devilin novel. To enter Fever’s world is to take a chance that nothing is real or at least, nothing is as it seems…because you may not know what it is to begin with. Understand? No? Well, welcome to Devilin’s life. Trying to recover from a near death experience—which included being in a coma—Fever Devilin receives a strange visitor to his Blue Mountain, December's Thorn By Phillip DePoy I like surreal, I like mystery, and I like a detachment from the ‘norm.’ Which means I like DePoy’s latest Fever Devilin novel. To enter Fever’s world is to take a chance that nothing is real or at least, nothing is as it seems…because you may not know what it is to begin with. Understand? No? Well, welcome to Devilin’s life. Trying to recover from a near death experience—which included being in a coma—Fever Devilin receives a strange visitor to his Blue Mountain, Georgia home: a woman claiming to be his wife and stating that he has a son. However, Fever has a habit of seeing things which don’t really exist. Assisted by his girlfriend, the town sheriff, and an enigmatic but likeable psychiatrist, Fever starts putting together the picture. All too soon however, Fever’s life is in danger once more. He has to dig back into forgotten memories, dredge up the past, face some horrifying truths. But can he trust anybody? Even himself? Is the entire mystery one big con game? I was taken to a different place with this book. A place that makes me a little uncomfortable because it’s strange, and misty, and there’s a veil through which I just can’t quite see. It’s a little eerie, but I was caught up in standing alongside Fever trying to figure out the situation and what it all means. I knew I couldn’t help, but I wanted to. I would recommend reading previous Fever novels for a more complete picture of Fever, but suspect there are more layers than even he recognizes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I received this book from Macmillan through a First Reads giveaway, thank you! I should preface this by saying I have not read the previous six Fever Devilin novels. It worked just fine as a stand-alone, although I'm sure some of the tidbits in this book would have made a little more sense had I read the older ones (ie Fever's coma). I did find this book enjoyable enough that I'm planning on reading 1-6 now. When a woman shows up at Fever Devilin's door claiming to be his wife, and better yet to h I received this book from Macmillan through a First Reads giveaway, thank you! I should preface this by saying I have not read the previous six Fever Devilin novels. It worked just fine as a stand-alone, although I'm sure some of the tidbits in this book would have made a little more sense had I read the older ones (ie Fever's coma). I did find this book enjoyable enough that I'm planning on reading 1-6 now. When a woman shows up at Fever Devilin's door claiming to be his wife, and better yet to have a son with him his friends voice their concerns about his mental state. Not only is Fever engaged to another woman, he doesn't even recognize his "wife", which makes everyone wonder if he might have just imagined her. Shortly after, a young boy shows up threatening his life and leaving physical damage in his kitchen, which forces everyone to take him seriously. With the help of his fiance, the sheriff (also his best friend), and a psychiatrist, Fever unlocks mysteries from his past he never even thought of. This book is a fast paced, psychological thriller that keeps you guessing what is real and what is not. It's also a pretty easy read, so it makes for a good quick book. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys mysteries, thrillers, etc.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jay Massiet

    I received this book in a first-reads giveaway. While December's Thorn is decent, there wasn't anything about the novel that's memorable. Without going into the details of the novel, just in case someone who sees my review still wants to read it, I can say that most of the book is about Fever trying to convince those around him that what he saw, who he encountered, and what's happening to him are real. I haven't read the previous books in the series, but this book lets the reader know that Fever I received this book in a first-reads giveaway. While December's Thorn is decent, there wasn't anything about the novel that's memorable. Without going into the details of the novel, just in case someone who sees my review still wants to read it, I can say that most of the book is about Fever trying to convince those around him that what he saw, who he encountered, and what's happening to him are real. I haven't read the previous books in the series, but this book lets the reader know that Fever has experienced strange, supernatural things in the past, and those he associates with know this. Despite the knowledge of protagonist's past, he's constantly on the defensive until finally, the characters see for themselves that Fever has been telling the truth. It becomes rather redundant and irritating. There were some fast paced moments and some good sections scattered throughout December's Thorn, but many of the scenes where it should have had the reader quickly turning pages, the writing slowed the momentum, which left the scenes less emotionally charged than they should have been. It's not the worst book I've ever read, but I would consider it slightly below average.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Branham Greenwell

    I love Depoy's characters - they are unique, quirky and well-thought out. His books and characters always have a kind of psychological bent to them. The stories are entertaining as well as knowledgeable. December's Thorn catches us up with a new episode in the life of Fever Devilin. Fever is a "retired" folktales professor who lives in the Blue Mountains. He has always been a bit strange to his friends but since his last ordeal in which he was in a coma for several months, his friends have been co I love Depoy's characters - they are unique, quirky and well-thought out. His books and characters always have a kind of psychological bent to them. The stories are entertaining as well as knowledgeable. December's Thorn catches us up with a new episode in the life of Fever Devilin. Fever is a "retired" folktales professor who lives in the Blue Mountains. He has always been a bit strange to his friends but since his last ordeal in which he was in a coma for several months, his friends have been concerned about his mental health. This story begins with a strange woman coming to his door in the middle of the night claiming to be his wife. Since Fever has never been married and has a fiance, Lucinda, his friends become concerned that he is imagining things and has "lost" it completely. Fever's secret family history and his love of folklore and myth are important elements in this inspired blend of menacing intruders and psychological suspense.Phillip DePoy combines Celtic and Southern folklore, the supernatural and a quirky, to make this a very entertaining read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Roseborough

    What would you do if a strange but rather winsome woman came to your door in the middle of the night and said she was your wife. Would you let her in or slam the door? Well, Fever Devilin, an ex-professor and folklorist, lets her into his home in the Appalachian backwoods of Georgia. Fever is recovering from recently being in a coma which may have robbed him of some of his memories. Coupled with that is the fact that he has always experienced things that others could not see. Now he has a border What would you do if a strange but rather winsome woman came to your door in the middle of the night and said she was your wife. Would you let her in or slam the door? Well, Fever Devilin, an ex-professor and folklorist, lets her into his home in the Appalachian backwoods of Georgia. Fever is recovering from recently being in a coma which may have robbed him of some of his memories. Coupled with that is the fact that he has always experienced things that others could not see. Now he has a borderline crazy woman in his house. It seems he is just asking for trouble. He will turn for help to his friends. Thinking he is still not well, they will in turn enlist the aid of a beautiful psychiatrist to help. She will create even more questions for Devilin than he can answer. This is a fast paced mystery with many interesting twists. The setting in the Appalachians helps create a scenic yet sometimes eerie atmosphere that helps develop the story. This book was provided for review by the well read folks at Minotaur Books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Since I won this in a Goodreads give away, I would like to recommend it highly, but that would not be honest or fair to the next reader.Someone else on Goodreads captured the essence: not great, not terrible, a few nice touches in the Southern-fried characters and the folklore/mythology references woven into the plot but the plot is weak, improbable and sustains no real tension(kind of a drawback in a mystery series). There is some clever dialogue and then there's a lot of "filling up space" dia Since I won this in a Goodreads give away, I would like to recommend it highly, but that would not be honest or fair to the next reader.Someone else on Goodreads captured the essence: not great, not terrible, a few nice touches in the Southern-fried characters and the folklore/mythology references woven into the plot but the plot is weak, improbable and sustains no real tension(kind of a drawback in a mystery series). There is some clever dialogue and then there's a lot of "filling up space" dialogue.I think if the author had a better editor and tried to put some actual believable drama into his stories,he could rise about this very ordinary outing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Garryvivianne

    I'm not sure why I even finished this book. Guess I was hoping it would get better at some point. To start with, the main character's name is Fever, this in itself always threw me off. Fever lives alone in the woods, snow & trees all around him. Don't even remember now, but seems like he was always getting hurt, in fact had been in a long coma, so when he says things, people are not sure if he might be hallucinating. A strange lady at the door claiming to be his wife...& a son, & a s I'm not sure why I even finished this book. Guess I was hoping it would get better at some point. To start with, the main character's name is Fever, this in itself always threw me off. Fever lives alone in the woods, snow & trees all around him. Don't even remember now, but seems like he was always getting hurt, in fact had been in a long coma, so when he says things, people are not sure if he might be hallucinating. A strange lady at the door claiming to be his wife...& a son, & a shrink & a fiancé! Hiding in caves...It was all pretty strange. It was a waste of good reading time. Sorry DePoy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is one of the best series that I read. Fever Devlin is still recovering from his coma and near death when he is visited by a woman who claims that she is his wife. Fever doesn't know her and then no one believes that she was real. They all think that he dreamed or hallucinated the woman until someone begins to shoot at him. I have been waiting for Fever to return and this book does not disappoint. Lucinda, Fever's fiance, calls in Dr. Ceridwen Nelson, a psychiatrist, to help him discover th This is one of the best series that I read. Fever Devlin is still recovering from his coma and near death when he is visited by a woman who claims that she is his wife. Fever doesn't know her and then no one believes that she was real. They all think that he dreamed or hallucinated the woman until someone begins to shoot at him. I have been waiting for Fever to return and this book does not disappoint. Lucinda, Fever's fiance, calls in Dr. Ceridwen Nelson, a psychiatrist, to help him discover the truth. It seems that the truth may be the death of him but he finally discoveres some of the answers he has been seeking in the other novels.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    Had never read this author before. This book is a series book but I did not feel as if i had to have read the previous Fever Devilin books.However the story was so interesting I will be looking for the other books in the series to read. The character Fever Devilin is very likeable and I totally enjoyed the weaving of the myth of Tristan and Iseult into the story and as usual I was left looking up further information on this myth. Love stories that enrich my knowledge on any subject. Loved the qu Had never read this author before. This book is a series book but I did not feel as if i had to have read the previous Fever Devilin books.However the story was so interesting I will be looking for the other books in the series to read. The character Fever Devilin is very likeable and I totally enjoyed the weaving of the myth of Tristan and Iseult into the story and as usual I was left looking up further information on this myth. Love stories that enrich my knowledge on any subject. Loved the quirky characters and the Appalachian setting. Truly enjoyable read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Fever Devilin has seen things invisible to other people, but he's sure that the woman who showed up at his door is real. Of course, she claims to be his wife, and he doesn't remember ever seeing her before, but she's not a hallucination, though she disappears before his fiancee and his best friend, the local sheriff, arrive. A psychiatrist who's been hired to help him does see her, and also the little boy who keeps shooting out Fever's windows. It's another weird piece of Fever's past come back Fever Devilin has seen things invisible to other people, but he's sure that the woman who showed up at his door is real. Of course, she claims to be his wife, and he doesn't remember ever seeing her before, but she's not a hallucination, though she disappears before his fiancee and his best friend, the local sheriff, arrive. A psychiatrist who's been hired to help him does see her, and also the little boy who keeps shooting out Fever's windows. It's another weird piece of Fever's past come back to haunt him, maybe this time literally.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    In late December Fever Devilin is awoken by a knock. At his door he finds a young woman claiming to be his wife, a woman he swears he has never seen before. His friends believe that Fever has been hallucinating, but then the shooting starts. Can Fever recover his missing past in time to save his future? This is a wonderful series filled with great characters and ambience. You may want to start ast the beginning with The Devil’s Hearth. I want to go back and read them all again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Raye

    DePoy's novels seem marinated in mystery, and you're never quite sure if what's happening is real or in our hero's head. Fever Devilin is an Atlanta academic who's fled the city to live in the north Georgia mountains where he grew up. DePoy's mysteries that feature Fever are, like December's Thorn, evocative and place-specific without ever being condescending to their Southern settings. Highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Myriad

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. I'll admit I haven't read any of the other books in the series, so I probably didn't get all of the nuances a more familiar reader might have, but I enjoyed the book nonetheless. It had a wonderful haunting, not-quite-real quality that was quite appropriate for a book about a folklorist with memory issues. The ending seemed a bit sudden, but other than that, no real complaints. I may even pick up the others in the series if the mood strikes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gail Richardson

    RECEIVED BOOK FREE THROUGH GOODREADS FIRST READS. I wasn't sure about this read for the first few pages. Then, morsels of how Fever got to be where he is, began to gel...AND, I was hooked. I'm still a little creeped out by Issie, David and Tristin. All in all Phillip DePoy wove an inticate tale. I would reccomend this book...but, would read the other Fever Devilin first (what kind of name is Fever???)

  24. 5 out of 5

    M Christopher

    Another fine entry in the Fever Devlin series by Philip DePoy. I enjoy these books not only for DePoy's off-the-wall protagonist and the other characters, as well as the intricate plotting, but simply for the pleasure of DePoy's often lyrical prose. As has been said by other readers, it's best to read these books in their publication order as the characters develop and plot points often connect and rely one previously revealed facts. Highly recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This book is a continuation of the last book in some ways, it is also a deeper character study of Fever, but not in the conventional sense - more of a study of memories, when are they real, when are they a byproduct of reality and when are they fabricated out of whole cloth? We spend the majority of the time on the mountain in and near Fever's cabin where the familiar reveals hidden depths.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    I love this series, the character Fever Devlin, the mixing of folklore in the storylines. In this book the reader gets to examine the psyche of Fever as they try to solve the current mystery he is presented with. Such a unique psychological series, with a very unique character who sometimes has trouble decoding what is real or what is not.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    What a great booklets of twists and turns never expected the ending! I do love a good book that can surprise you and in fact I could see this one as a movie :) I am so glad I won this one on good reads kudos to the author!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I enjoyed it, but I shouldn't have read it right after a UK procedural. Bad idea... still had my police-officer hat on, and kept catching little details that were driving me nuts. My mistake, I'll remember next time (hopefully).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews)

    Reviewed for Mystery Scene Magazine

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue Q

    Just received this today (Feb 19/13) after winning it in a Goodreads giveaway a few months ago! Yay! Will be starting soon.

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