Ribbons of Death by Edita A. Petrick

Ribbons of Death by Edita A. Petrick
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (320 pgs)
Rated: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

The ancients believed that once in a Blue Moon a child with Peacetaker powers is born. Such child, when grown to maturity, can seed murderous madness in people’s minds by merely walking amongst them. A simple amulet activates the Peacetaker’s powers. When a horribly scarred man knocks on the door of Stella Hunter’s ramshackle cottage in upstate Montana, she lets him in. What’s there to lose? The book critics killed her chances to warn the world about myths and legends behind the myths and legends. But once the man pushes a book smudged with bloody fingerprints across the table, Stella sees a glimmer of hope. She may re-establish her credibility within the scientific community and vindicate her ‘peace-taker’ theory. She may also be murdered by anyone standing next to her if her theory is correct because the ancient curse is anything but extinct. In fact, the ancient curse has a new attitude.

The Assistant Director of Cairo Museum of Antiquities has a belief that might well label him as a crackpot, but he knows its real. He desperately wants to discuss it with the incredibly unapproachable billionaire: He’s creative, if a bit desperate, in his plan to reach that person…

We suspect he’s involved in something paranormal, which will lead to chaos at a local event, but is it real? So opens Petrick’s Ribbons of Death. I was involved and intrigued from the outset. The danger seems credible.  And so it seems to the American ‘government consultant,’ Carter. He’s swiftly in pursuit of author and professor Stella Hunter, all the way back in Montana.

She’s a modern-day Medusa, with knowledge of facts behind the legends. What is intuition, what is fact? Pulling the threads of information apart has been her job…but she doesn’t share easily, she’s in a miserable situation, suspicious and rude. Even she has doubts about what–or who–could be behind the myth in modern times. The impact of this ‘terror’ is brought all too convincingly close.

Archeological study as well as mythological plays a role, as does researching what might be relevant in modern times, but there is also action, fights and car chases.

The backdrop, from the local camel market, to peaceful marches and demonstrations, to such out-of the way places ‘Tickle Gas’ in Sunburst Montana is always great, and incredibly visual. When danger marches the street of Washington DC, we gain a sense of the terrible urgency of the quest. The sense of the shifting danger – away from the old world, but not away from an old-world threat, is incredibly strong. However, it is the exceptional, unpredictable plot that makes this book an absolute page-turner. Its a great mystery, but will appeal to more than mystery fans. 5 stars; put this one right at the top of your list.


  1. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

  2. Penny Marks says:

    Love history and mythology. This has both, very excited to read. Thank you for chance:)

  3. Thank you for hosting me today here and thank you for the review. As to what I prefer..I have a somewhat strange habit when it comes to reading. Since I work full time outside the home, the only time that is truly, truly mine is my lunch hour. So I go to the nearest mart-store, where they have a nice little niche full of books – latest best-sellers no less – and I read there, standing up, tucked into the corner of that niche. Usually, I ‘do’ the 280-page book on 2-3 lunch hours. Nearly finished Liar’s Bench (Kim Michelle Richardson) – feel-good interesting novel, down from Kentucky, and mostly finished Little Mercies (Heather Gudenkauf) and recommend this one — chilling in places, I mean how many of us, mothers, have played out the scenario of forgetting our babies in the back seat of the car while running a long errand or so – I read this one in 1.5 lunch hours because there was much padding prose – prose that you can skip easily without losing the thread of the storyline. I find that most best-sellers are heavily padded with nice descriptions and reflections that a good editor could have easily erased with no ill effect whatsoever. I’m the kind of reader who says: “Gimme the story, show me the characters and I’ll figure out their motivations,” and that’s all I, the reader, ask of you.

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