Rose Whelan, who was once a respected historian but now is a considered the community outcast, is accused of murdering one of the town's youth. Salem's chief of police John Rafferty believes that Rose is innocent but fresh accusations are now surfacing about Rose and a decades old Halloween triple homicide known as "The Goddess Murders."
Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the women murdered that night, has returned to Salem to care for Rose, who was like an aunt to her, and perhaps gain some resolution to her mother's murder. Callie has been plagued by nightmares for years, and it seems that her visions of that night are becoming clearer. Will she remember in time to solve her mother's murder and prevent her own?
I had previously read The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and I have seen The Fifth Petal being referred to as the second in that series. While I enjoyed The Lace Reader and would recommend reading it, I feel The Fifth Petal is definitely a stand alone title and that the two books could be read independently.
I enjoyed learning about Callie's chosen profession of music healing and the author's research into that field was evident. I appreciated the vivid description of the various locations in the novel. I also thought the characters were well developed and believable.
I received this book courtesy of Crown through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.