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by Alex Marcoux
Jessie Mercer has it all—fame, fortune, and a best-selling novel being made into a major motion picture starring the alluring Taylor Andrews.
When disturbing, real-life events begin mimicking the movie’s plot, Jessie and Taylor find themselves drawn into a unforeseen web of passion, treachery, and deception that uncovers secrets and betrayals of a distant past.
As the terror mounts, Jessie realizes she is the target and must go back—all the way back to Salem, where answers to the mystery unfold—before the evil from the past destroys both of them.
Originally published by Alice Street Editions of Haworth Press 2001
The Lesbian Review
…opens in a courtroom for the trial of Rebecca Johnson accused of witchcraft. This is the recurring dream that author Jessica Mercer has been having, and it's driving her crazy. The story drew me right in. It's a great mystery with a romance that withstands the test of time. It was interesting and despite the cons it had a charming love story.
Lesbian Review of Books
Back to Salem is an entertaining novel with a lot of twists, turns, precognition and parallel time travel. Marcoux's writing is superb. You won't be able to put the book down. The plot is imaginative, to say the least, and the story line is instructive and engaging.
Lambda Literary Foundation
Back to Salem - Finalist, Lesbian Mystery.
Murder on the Woo Woo Express
Back to Salem is the perfect combination of metaphysics, mystery, love and adventure. Alex Marcoux has captured a relationship that transcends time ... it makes us hope to find something like it for ourselves ... Believable and compelling!
InSight Out Book Club
A potent witches' brew of romantic mystery. A nail-biting tale of how love can last through the ages.
Ready for a warm springtime romance with a healthy dose of lusty adventure thrown in? Then look no further than Alex Marcoux's intriguing new mystery. Marcoux's work is the well-paced tale of two star-crossed souls, but this is no ordinary love story... Marcoux has written a tight story that will keep you enthralled... Once you start this one, it'll be hard to put it down.
Compelling stories about enduring women who triumph in a patriarchal society.
Lambda Book Report
Laura DeHart Young - November, 2001: If you think you've read Alex Marcoux's novel, Back to Salem, before--you're probably experiencing a past life memory, better known as deja vu. To further explore this phenomena, you could buy a book on metaphysics or schedule an appointment with a psychic to experience a hypnotic past-life regression. Or you could just continue reading Marcoux's book and experience all of this and more through the main character, Jessie Mercer. Back to Salem is an entertaining novel with a lot of twists, turns, precognition and parallel time travel. Marcoux's writing is superb. You won't be able to put the book down. The plot is imaginative, to say the least, and the story line is instructive and engaging.