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An Intriguing Novel of Mystery, Romance and the Power of Voodoo

Author, Francine Craft has forged new paths in romantic fiction with her new novel, Dying on the Edge: A Romantic Voodoo Mystery, by touching on subjects such as voodoo (Francine spells it Voudou, as it's spelled by Alfred Metraux, a Swiss anthropologist who wrote 'Voodoo In Haiti'). Although set in a city that could be New York, the crux of the novel comes from the potent and magical land of Voodoo - Haiti.

Frank Ryman is the detective in Dying on the Edge - a light-skinned black man - who's hot on the trail to find the murderer of Maggi French, a famous and beautiful actress. When Maggi's body is found, it's surrounded by her own birds - white doves - further intriguing Ryman as he becomes heavily involved in sorting through the villains, victims and friends of the deceased actress in an attempt to find her murderer.

Dying on the Edge explores the past life of Maggi French, a dangerous beauty and sorceress who uses Voodoo to get what she wants - even if it means destroying the marriages and lives of those around her. Maggi's attempts to control everyone in her life causes them to mistrust and dislike her, but most feel powerless to do anything about it. Thus, most of the people in Maggi's circle become suspects in her murder.

Detective Ryman discovers that Maggi was deeply in love with billionaire, Kurt Wilder, a movie producer of international fame. He was also in love with her, but in time began to pull away from Maggi and incur her wrath. Maggi finds the intense power of Voodoo a useful instrument to carry out her plan of luring Wilder away from his wife and family and have him for her own.

Ryman begins to learn as much about his own life and relationships as he does about Maggi's life and the events that led to her murder. Ryman's girlfriend, a beautiful and seductive lawyer, becomes intertwined with the murder mystery he's investigating, providing even more intrigue and conspiracies into an already cliff-hanger of a novel.

In a hunt filled with twists and turns, Maggi's fiery and mysterious personality is uncovered like so many veils on a mystifying object and Ryman realizes that he's dealing with powers far beyond what he usually experiences in his detective work. The details in the book are incredibly accurate, showing Craft's knowledge and meticulous research of Haiti and the machinations of Voodoo.

Dying on the Edge: A Romantic Voodoo Mystery, is filled with shocking situations, romantic and emotional love so intense that it finally pushes the heroine, Maggi, over the edge. Dying on the Edge is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats, turning pages and searching for other works by Francine Craft.

Review by Lauren Smith, editor for the Virtual Book Review Network - reviews books by well known bestselling authors and books by soon to be recognized names. This review covers Dying on the Edge by Francine Craft.

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