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Winner of the 2013 Watson Award for best sidekick!
A mid-city clinic assignment near historic MacArthur Park puts psychologist Liz Cooper in the center of local mayhem, a puzzling disappearance, and a vindictive Santeria hex.
Practical psychologist Liz Cooper and occult professor Nick Garfield are enjoying the sixteenth wedding anniversary celebration for their charming hosts Paco and Lucia Rojas, devout Santeria practitioners who own the historic Botanica Rojas near MacArthur Park. But the small group of friends is left horrified and confused when the evening ends in tragedy. Devastated by loss, Lucia, a Santeria priestess, blames the locals for the escalating crime in her beloved community. She casts a vengeful hex on the neighborhood, leading strangers and friends alike to dub her bruja—Spanish for witch—and turn on the elderly woman. Lucia may be in harm's way, and it's up to Liz and Nick to unravel a mysterious disappearance and solve a murder before more lives are lost...
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Berkley Prime Crime, August 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0425251492