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...
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).
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Death Be Blue by Katie Epstein
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 29 Sep 2017
My initial thoughts on Death be Blue were mixed. I thought it would be your run of the mill urban fantasy mystery. Once I got past the introduction, however, the novel improved immensely. The plot became more complex and the characters had more depth. Portiside City exists on a plane adjacent to earth. Here the fae, shifters, gifted humans and other beings live in harmony. Crime is policed by Enforcer Field Agents of the Portiside City Agency, such as Terra Vane and her partner Kaleb. The pursuit of a serial killer leads to the discovery of a dangerous drug and a conspiracy that may reach the highest level.
Terra Vane is a human psychic working for the Portiside City Agency. Like many human / female leads in urban fantasy novels she can be extremely stubborn, impulsive and reluctant to accept help. Terra doesn’t have a chip on her shoulder, she h...
Shadow Hunt gets off to a bit of a rocky start, but once the novel hits its stride it is fantastic. In Melissa F Olson’s newest novel, Scarlett faces two of her most difficult challenges - being pregnant and going against an extremely powerful European coven of dark witches. There is plenty of action, and we get to see several of our favourite characters from Olson’s other series. Fans of Scarlett/Jesse will finally get to see some progress on their relationship. And as always Shadow is a joy - she is one smart barghest and is always good for a bit of mischief.
Shadow Hunt presumes readers are familiar with Olson’s world, but there is still enough information given for newcomers to not be at a loss. If you haven’t read Olson’s books before, it is better to start at the beginning of the series. I definitely recommend Shadow Hunt to f...
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...
Grave Errors by Carol J. Perry Kensington Books
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 29 Aug 2017
The Witch City mysteries are exemplary paranormal cozies. Lee Barrett teaches tv production, but her unique gift - that of receiving visions, puts her in the midst of murder investigations more often than her boyfriend Pete, a local detective, would prefer. He does, however, agree that her visions are useful and important, particularly in this case.
Lee’s students join her class for a variety of reasons, but this is the first time one has joined in order to find the identity of her sister’s killer. Dorothy is convinced that the police are wrong, and her sister’s accidental death was in fact a murder. Pete agrees to look into the matter, and the class plans a Dia de Los Muertos celebration for the city. But when a threatening letter arrives at the school, Lee and the others start looking deeper into Emily’s final days, using their collective skills to determine why Emily was target...
Some Practical Magic is a light paranormal romance that will leave your nose twitching in delight. Having grown up with reruns of Bewitched, I had to smile as I read Some Practical Magic. Laurie C Kuna unashamedly pays tribute to the classic sitcom. Despite there being some “thriller” elements, Some Practical Magic is mostly a romance with a touch of humor.
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In Midnight Curse, Scarlett discovers her friend Molly in the center of a bloodbath. Despite the obvious evidence, Scarlett knows Molly cannot be responsible for the vicious murder of the 12 coeds she lived with. Unfortunately with the Vampire Trials about to begin, she has little time to discover the truth. With the help of former cop Jesse Cruz and her barghest Shadow, Scarlett starts seeking answers, soon uncovering a plot for revenge that threatens to throw the entire supernatural community into chaos.
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The Lost Child of Lychford is a good short fantasy novel, but it assumes that readers are already familiar with the main characters and their role in protecting the village. You will still enjoy the novel if you jump straight in, but you may want to consider reading Witches of Lychford first.
Christmas is approaching, along with all that entails. As Reverend, Lizzie is busy with preparations for services, not to mention a wedding scheduled for Christmas Eve. When an apparition of a young boy appears to Lizzie, she is baffled. Is he a ghost, a warning, or something else? Something is coming and the witches of Lychford stand in the way.
It is no surprise that Paul Cornell has written for television. The Lost Child of Lychford is compact. The action moves at a fast pace and the story arc is a perfect fit for the length. Like baby bear's porridge, The Lost Child of Lyc...
If I had to choose only two words to describe Putting on the Witch, I would pick "enjoyable" and "relaxing". It is a light mystery, perfect for escaping the stress of everyday life. Despite the characters being two dimensional caricatures and the straightforward plot, the novel was fun to read. The story moved along at a fast clip and there was plenty of action to keep a reader's attention - not to mention a healthy dose of humor.
Although it has paranormal aspects (it is after all part of the Retired Witches mystery series), it is definitely more of a cozy than a fantasy novel.
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