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.
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Diamond Book Distributors/Bundoran Press Publishing
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: May 17, 2016
Diamond Book Distributors are best known for their graphic novels. Transient City is not a graphic novel per se, but a novel whose language evokes startling images of a world where industrial production dominates and defines individual life. For those with value to Agamemnon, the corporation who owns the planet of Lodan, there is food and shelter, luxuries distributed according to your role and hierarchical position. Humans are commodities transferred according to skill needs rather than individual desires. Cities are vast moving platforms which excavate mineral deposits as they go. For the unusual or the unique there is no place in the city.
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Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pub Date: February 16, 2016
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The Custodian of Marvels: Book 3 of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire
by Rod Duncan
Angry Robot Books
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: February 2, 2016
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