I wasn’t sure what to expect from Gretchen Galway’s debut paranormal mystery. I was decidedly impressed. Not only did the mystery keep me guessing, but it applied magic in a creative way. I absolutely loved Random, Alma’s dog, and found Alma’s empathy for others believable.
The only weakness was that some characters were less developed than others. Some characters were little more than names while others had a bit of personality attached. With a touch more character development, I’d rate Dead Witch on a Bridge a 5 rather than a 4.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Dead Witch on a Bridge from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The first in a new paranormal mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Gretchen Galway.
Is her magic strong enough to stop a killer?
On her first assignment as a demon-hunting witch, Alma was...
Séances Are for Suckers
by Tamara Berry
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 30 Oct 2018
I enjoyed Seances are for Suckers immensely. Not only was the story fascinating but the main character, Eleanor Wilde is a refreshing change from the average female lead. First she is a fake medium, who realizes most ”ghostly “ problems can be solved by a combination of mundane and theatrical means. She may technically be a fraud but in reality she is much more, and her career does pay for her sister’s care..When she is approached by a very rich and very handsome Briton, Eleanor is at first reluctant to take his case. He wants her to prove that the “ghost” that is haunting his ancestral estate and influencing his mother is no such thing. Alternately, he wants her to banish the spirit. Eleanor is faced with a crumbling estate, worn furniture, terrible food - and a dead body.
Seances Are for Suckers is an excellent mystery with a compelling lead. The novel is refreshi...
Samhain Secrets brings a welcome taste of fall to combat the lingering summer heat. As you may expect from the title, there is a paranormal aspect to the mystery, but don’t be daunted - Samhain Secrets is a mystery foremost rather than a fantasy. Keli Milanni is a practicing Wiccan, but that is only one of many parts to her life. Jennifer Hesse’s new cozy is a murder mystery where an important and controversial set of topics plays a major role - mass commercial farming, pesticide use and the forced reliance of small farmers on genetically modified seeds (which must be purchased each season because the plants are sterile).
Keli always felt connected to her Aunt Josephine, despite their few meetings. Kelli’s Aunt Josephine was always a free spirit, focused on environmental causes, but Keli doesn’t realize the extent of her Aunt’s activities until after her body is discovered...
A Passion for Haunted Fashion by Rose Pressey
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 29 May 2018
I have mixed feelings about A Passion for Haunted Fashion. Cookie Chanel’s haphazard and somewhat neurotic approach to investigating is painful to watch and funny simultaneously. The nonstop chatter of her ghosts, Charlotte and Peggy, is more of a hindrance than a help, and is often distracting. It is easy to understand why Cookie isn’t completely “with it”. At the same time she does things so profoundly stupid that they are difficult to accept. Still, it is easy to like Cookie.
When I started A Passion for Haunted Fashion, I at first thought I was missing a chapter. The novel begins with Cookie exploring the basement of the theatre, finding a ghost (Peggy) and hearing a scream. The scream turns out to be Heather standing over a dead body, blood on her hands. There was no introduction to the victim, no hint of what led to his murder - unusual for a cozy mystery...
Magick Run Amok by Sharon Pape
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 May 2018
Magick Run Amok is a fast paced cozy that serves up a winning mix of humor, magick and murder.
Kailyn Wilde has plenty to keep her busy between managing her shop and helping her aunt keep an eye on Merlin - who has a talent for trouble. When an investigative journalist and good friend is found dead, Travis suspects foul play. But all he has to back up his claim is a list of names that Ryan believed were connected. Kailyn readily joins in on his investigation, providing magical assistance when necessary. Killers have been dying, but who is responsible? Was Ryan murdered because he found a connection the police did not? Investigating murder is a dangerous proposition, even when you have magick on your side.
Magick Run Amok is a cute cozy mystery that will readily appeal to fans of paranormal cozies.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Magick Run Amok from the publishe...
It Takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 27 Feb 2018
The Witch City mysteries by Carol J Perry continue to be fresh and entertaining, easily avoiding the trap of becoming formulaic and repetitive. Lee Barrett and her cat O’Ryan are a memorable pair, and while there is magic, it definitely takes Lee’s creativity and intellect to solve the puzzle.
In It Takes a Coven, Lee is facing a serious challenge - being the maid of honor for one of her students. But along with this, a more complex issue has come into view. Witches are dying and Lee’s friend River believes she might be responsible. At the same time, a murder of crows has descended upon Salem and no one knows why, particularly not Lee who is interning as an investigative reporter. But between her scrying ability and nose for news and O’Ryan’s magical connections the murders plaguing Salem may be solved before it’s too late.
Simon R Green has a talent for writing novels that are fresh, funny and utterly unique. I can’t think of anyone who has so completely and successfully transformed the nature of the classic country house murder mystery. I have yet to be disappointed by any of his Ishmael Jones novels. They are all excellent - and Into the Thinnest of Air is no different.
Ishmael and Penny attend what they believe will be a quiet dinner at a soon to be opened Cornish Inn. Tyrone’s Castle has a rich history of murder and mystery, complete with smugglers, spirits and more than a few disappearances. What starts as a delicious if uncomfortable dinner becomes a night of tension and terror when the hostess disappears without a trace. And she is but the first to vanish. Of course no one expected Ishmael, and the hosts and attendees have no idea tha...
Sitting Murder A Baffling Victorian Whodunnit
by A. J. Wright
Horror , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Oct 2017
Sitting Murder is a competently written but somewhat lacklustre Victorian mystery. From the start you know that not all is kosher with Alice Goodway and her seances. She knows more than she otherwise should, but DS Michael Brennan does not believe in ghosts. When Goodway’s husband’s Aunt is murdered, he must unravel the threads of the past to find a clever and determined killer.
Conceptually the plot is acceptable. The problem is that the characters are difficult to empathize with. There is no one that is remotely interesting or in the least likable. Brennan seems to simply plod along. As an investigator he isn’t a compelling or unique figure. When you don’t care about the characters, you don’t care what happens.
On the whole, I can’t recommend Sitting Murder. There are many far better historical mysteries.
The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross is a decent, but entirely unremarkable paranormal mystery. I expected more based on the description.
What would you do if a man enters your home, cries witch and dies at your feet? In the case of Jesperson and Lane, you investigate, particularly when the unknown man has your card in his pocket. Charles Manning died of no known poison, but the peculiar circumstances surrounding his death imply foul play. The man, previously employed in the city had recently abandoned all practical concerns to write poetry and research the occult in Aylmerton. At his brother’s request, the two travel to Aylmerton to uncover the mystery of his last days. Amongst the suspects number Felix Ott an occult researcher and lecturer, Miss Buls...
That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
That Olde White Magick is a fantastic mystery filled with humor, suspense, romance and of course Magick - the kind that keeps the reader glued to the page and leaves them with a smile on their face. Between the wonderful cast of characters - including Merlin who is both out of his time and his comfort zone - and Kailyn’s six cats, and the delightful plot, Sharon Pape’s mystery has a lot to offer readers.
That Olde White Magick begins with a meeting and a murder. New Camel is divided on the issue of rezoning - a hotel wants to build a large resort in a wetlands area. Some hope for the added business that the hotel will bring. Others fear the large hotel will bring many changes to the small town whose appeal lies in its quaint nature. When one of the council members in favor of the hotel is murdered just before a debate, it looks like the reason was her position on the hotel. As Kail...