As promised in yesterday’s post, here is a synopsis of Jean Shorney’s new book, ‘A Night Of All Evil’. Be ready for the release, coming soon!
Freya Monroe is essentially a medium. Or at least that is the persona she displays, even to her second husband. Only the coven, The Hecate Circle, to which she once belonged know she is a witch. Ten years earlier, not long after she was married, Freya was disillusioned by some of the heinous acts the coven perpetrated and chose to leave. The Circle, though angry with her decision,were unwilling to destroy the woman possessed of such incredible powers. They extended no such courtesy to her husband however. Richard Fleming, a young Cambridge lecturer, was found burned to death at the wheel of his car. The interior remained untouched.
Now Freya has married again, to one-eyed, ex-U.S Army Captain Nicholas Monroe and they have a six year old son Simon. Freya’s powers are such that she can tell when someone is about to die. Visiting the Berkshire mansion of retired industrialist, Sir Frederick Murchison, they are engaged in a mundane conversation, when Freya witnesses Sir Frederick’s face change to that of a living skull. This means that he will die within the year. Although in shock, she is compelled to continue as if nothing has happened. Alan, Sir Fred’s son arrives with a young woman, Leona McCluskey. Leona is a member of The Hecate Circle, taken under the wing of their High Priestess, Rose Dowlan. The Circle want Freya back. She is the only one powerful enough to ensure their leader, Dante LeVey, returns from the grave. LeVey died of cancer the eve of the Millennium. It was rumoured the cancer was sent by another warlock. Still a young man when he passed, he promised to return thirteen years later.
Leona, who is blonde, seductive, and appears to be more interested in Freya’s husband than she is in Alan, has been sent to test Freya’s powers. She does, at dinner, when Simon Monroe finds worms in his food. Though Freya is swift to reassure him there aren’t any worms, she realises they have a witch in their midst. Aware of the danger to her family, plus the fear that she might lose her husband if he discovers she was once the High Priestess in a Satanic Coven, Freya resists all their efforts to pull her back.
The night chosen for LeVey’s resurrection is All Hallows Eve. The place Highgate. Two young girls are murdered by Leona’s drug addled brother Danny, alhough he prefers the name Goethe from the writer of ‘Faust’. One of the dead girls, Angela, appears to Freya to inform her that her body will be found on the Common. Goethe volunteers to kill the girls. Not simply for the gratification of his own sadistic ends,but in hope that he will be chosen to host LeVey’s body. D.I Talbot, a somewhat jaded police officer, is called into investigate, but comes up against all sorts of cranks with their own idea of who killed the girls. Drawing an inverted cross on the girls’ bodies with their own blood, quickly testifies to the fact the murders were sacrificial Rituals.
As the night of LeVey’s resurrection arrives, Alan Murchison is chosen as the host body. Talbot, aided by a learned friend of Freya’s, Professor Rushton, journeys to Highgate. To the old ruined church where the resurrection is to be performed. When Simon is kidnapped and held powerless by a demon summoned by an ancient witch, who perpetuates her longevity by stealing young bodies, Freya is left with no other choice than to conduct the resurrection. Nick sets out to rescue her, the all-action hero, armed and astride his Harley Davidson.
Unbeknown to everyone, including the Circle, Freya is possessed of her own weapons, Holy Water and her faith to defeat the witches. But the Satanist is strong and Alan has been in love with Freya for a long while. Freya was LeVey’s lover before Richard came along. The men, now united as one, plan to reclaim her. With Talbot and Rushton’s help, Nick is determined not to lose the woman be loves. But is love really strong enough to triumph over evil?