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Grave Mistake: A Witchy Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Hedgewitch for Hire Book 1) Kindle Edition
When you pull up stakes, make sure you don’t get stabbed in the back.
Self-taught in the arcane arts, hedgewitch Selena Marx is comfortable doing divination for West Los Angeles’ anxiety-ridden housewives, lawyers, and aspiring actresses. Her biggest challenge? Avoiding Lucien Dumond, leader of the Greater Los Angeles Necromancers’ Guild, who views her as fresh meat to add to his harem of slavishly devoted groupies.
Selena’s not interested in the slimy, celebrity-schmoozing sorcerer, but nobody turns Lucien down without consequences. When he threatens to fit her with magical cement shoes and drop her off the Santa Monica Pier, Selena’s Tarot cards point her to Globe, Arizona, for a new home, a new shop, and a cursed pet cat.
Just as she’s settling in and meeting the locals — including Calvin Standingbear, hunky chief of the San Ramon Apache tribal police — Lucien tracks her down…and promptly disappears. When his body turns up on tribal lands, it’s up to Calvin to investigate. Starting with Selena.
And when one of Lucien’s acolytes is killed, traces of dark magic and cryptic warnings from the spirits send Selena and Calvin in a race against time — before a too-close-for-comfort evil cuts her own life short.
The Hedgewitch for Hire series will continue with book 2, Social Medium, releasing on March 31, 2021. The romance subplot will stretch over the entire series, while each novel will be a self-contained mystery without a cliffhanger.
- ASIN : B08J7J5YDL
- Publisher : Dark Valentine Press (January 6, 2021)
- Publication date : January 6, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1966 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 310 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,244 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hedgewitch Selena Marx is happy providing divination to the average residents of Los Angeles. She has no designs on being famous or obtaining a cult following. She just wants to practice her craft in peace and maybe help a few people along the way. If only Lucien Dumond could understand her simple motivations and leave her be. Unfortunately, the infamous sorcerer has set his sights on adding Selena to his harem of devotees in his empire, the Greater Los Angeles Necromancer’s Guild. Getting out from under his radar proves to be difficult resulting in Selena taking drastic measures. Uprooting her life and setting up shop in a small Arizona town sounds crazy, but it feels like the right decision. Just as she gets settled in and starts meeting the locals, none other than Lucas Dumond shows up on her doorstep. When Lucas’s body is found almost as soon as he arrives in town, it’s up to the hunky San Ramon tribal chief of police, Calvin Standingbear, to investigate. Selena is his primary lead and suspect after learning of their acquaintance and argument the day before his death. But things ratchet up when a colleague of Lucas’ dies shortly after him. Selena will have to focus all her senses to help Calvin find a killer before they decide to target her, too.
Grave Mistake is a light paranormal mystery with romantic elements. While not overwhelmingly outstanding, I did find the supernatural mystery, hint of romance, and getting to know the female MC interesting. Selena was easy to like. I found her to be very open minded and light-hearted with a natural ease for magic. I had hoped to see a bit more practical magic from her, but was intrigued, nonetheless, with the amount we did get. Selena was pretty confident in her craft, and I liked that she didn’t second-guess herself or her intuitions. As for her love interest, Calvin, he has a lot of potential and is really the only romantic option I see for her right now. I feel like there is a lot more to his story, though, so I’m looking forward to that being revealed as the series progresses. The romance in this book is really only hinted at, but with the potential to become a greater story arc in future books. I liked the flirty, and sometimes slightly awkward moments between Selena and Calvin. It was smoothed over, but a genuine feeling of two people meeting and slowly feeling out how they could fit together. In the end, I wasn’t blown away by the story. The supernatural mystery made it a fun read, but I had guessed pretty early on who the culprit was. That said, Selena was the main draw for me, and I look forward to learning more about her, as well as maybe seeing her use her craft more. I will definitely be reading on in this series, and checking out a few of the other series written by this author. If you’re in the mood for a lightly entertaining paranormal read, I highly recommend sitting down with Selena and the small town of Globe, AZ. ♡
Bad luck and the unwanted attention of another magical person drives her to move from LA to Arizona. A small town brimming with charm and a potential love interest. When Lucien follows her, and promptly gets murdered, well, things go from positive to being a suspect in his murder. Convincing the local police chief that she is innocent is now a priority, along with figuring out what really happened to Lucien. When someone else gets murdered, Selena realizes she'll need to use her gifts to solve the mystery. Even when that means the killer may set his or her sight on Selena next.
A sweet story that flowed well.