Grave Witch is book one of an urban fantasy series. Alex Craft is a private investigator who can raise ‘shades’, which are images and memories of the dead. She’s also on first name terms with ‘Death’, a collector of souls. After a magical awakening, the human and paranormal worlds partially co-habit, and this story takes place in the newly formed city of Nekros.
A serial killer is invoking dark magical rituals for empowerment. It becomes personal after a shade attacks Alex and a police officer takes a magical bullet meant for her. The case appears to straddle both the non-magical and the paranormal worlds. With a target on her back, Alex must work with homicide detective Falin Andrews to untangle the mystery. But is Falin all that he seems?
I discovered this series from a recommendation by a book blogger. The mix of modern and paranormal worlds appealed to me, if you like witches, fae, gargoyles, ghosts and mythical creatures then you might enjoy this. There’s crime and a touch of romance to add to the mix; I liked Alex and am interested in seeing how her character develops as the series unfolds.
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Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say.
As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around…
To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life…and her soul.