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Witch Hunt: An Urban Fantasy Mystery (Preternatural Affairs Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

SM Reine
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author SM Reine presents a new series for fans of The Dresden Files and The Iron Druid Chronicles...
A brutal murder.
There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke's arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun -- he was too drunk to remember it -- but he knows for a fact that he didn't kill her. He's an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn't hurt people. He saves them.

The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

The search for a shaman.
Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead...for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA's most wanted list.

One risky solution.
Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn't kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to the victim.

She's just one witch. Cèsar has bagged a dozen witches before.

How hard can one more be?

Product Details

  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Iris Books (February 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I9IM9MW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,353 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witch Hunt Review February 3, 2014
The first novel in the Preternatural Affairs series is an intriguing and action packed urban fantasy.

An agent with Office of Preternatural Affairs, Cesar Hawke finds himself on the wrong side of the law when he wakes up with a hangover, scratches on his arm, a discharged Glock on his coffee table and dead body in his bathtub. On the run and searching for a shaman, he finds Isobel Stonecrow who is now on the OPA’s most wanted list for resurrecting someone for the wrong client. With her, he can clear his name, get his job back and get justice for the victim, really how hard could it be?

This fast paced plot keeps the reader on the edge of their seats with lots of action, suspense and a magic spell or two. The author brings the story to life with vivid images, great dialogue and strong compelling characters that the reader can easily relate to. Lots of fantastic supporting characters and a story that keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end.

There isn’t any romance just a little flirting here and there and some sexual innuendo and talk involving incubi. The story focuses on Cesar dodging the law and bad guys while trying to clear his name. The author spices things up by keeping not only the reader guessing, but Cesar as well as his not sure who can be trusted.

The author has created a fantastic urban fantasy world involving magic and demons with some surprising twists that the reader doesn’t see coming. Once started, it’s impossible to put the book down until the very last word is read. Oh and did I mention there is a few ghosts involved as well?

I really enjoyed this book with its great characters and intriguing plot. I really enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t sure who the culprit was until the end and I am looking forward to reading more cases involving the Office of Preternatural Affairs.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable but Somewhat Lacking Story May 9, 2014
By TKnite
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book enjoyable but a bit of a letdown.

First off, the plot got increasingly convoluted as time went on. It started off as the simple “I’ve been framed for murder” plot, but it became harder and harder to follow as the story progressed. There was too much flip-flopping on which characters were allies and not, and whether or not something had actually happened, and…there were places I got lost and couldn’t figure out for the life of me what I supposed to think about a certain event.

Secondly, I didn’t like how the story drops me into the middle of a complex setting without giving me time to adjust. I didn’t really feel anything for most of the characters because the story drops us right into the middle of Cesar’s issues with zero opportunity to learn about his life. He says certain characters should mean certain things — friends, bosses, coworkers, etc. — but I didn’t actually feel any connections to them because I had no opportunity to meet them.

The intermittent appearances of most of the characters didn’t help. The book would let me start to get to know a character, and then Cesar would leave that character’s company, and the next time we came around to that character, Cesar would be looking at him/her in a different light from before, and then I wouldn’t know what to think. It was kind of irritating. I couldn’t get an accurate read on anybody. I didn’t who I was supposed to care about.

Third, I found the pacing a bit wonky at times. It gets way too fast at some points, and that certainly didn’t lend to my understanding of the frankly confusing plot.

Fourth (and finally), Cesar could not stop talking about how hot and sexy the women around him were. Yes, every woman was super sexy and gorgeous and apparently attracted to Cesar.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes and please! February 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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When Cesar Hawke decides to have a bad week, he doesn't scrimp on the bad. He wakes up with a waitress that he has been lusting after and finally took home the night before,dead in his bathtub. He drank so much Tequila the previous night, that he can't remember anything that happened. All he knows for sure is that he isn't the one that killed her, he's not that kind of a guy. He knows he needs to call his partner at the Office of Preternatural Affairs to come and help him figure everything out, but before she can get there the LAPD shows up. He is being royally set up.

After a brief stint in jail, Cesar finally figures out that everyone believes he did it and if he wants to find the real killer he will need to investigate this case himself. So he breaks out of jail and begins to uncover
more secrets and office corruption than he ever wanted to know. But what he doesn't find is the answer to who did it, and why they set him up.

Enter Isobel Stonecrow, she is a witch who is said to be able to raise the dead. Before his world started to self destruct, he was tasked with finding the witch and bringing her in for trial. But Cesar thought that if Isobel really could raise and talk to the dead, maybe they could raise Isobel and they could find out who really killed Erin and framed him.

Join Cesar and Isobel as they search for answers, neither knows who they can trust and why they are being set up. All they know is that they must try and solve this murder before they move up on the killers "to do" list.

I really enjoyed this book, it is the beginning of a great new series. It has everything we want in a book, sexy secret agents who have big guns and know how to use them. Download this book and enjoy the ride, you will be glad you did.

*ARC provided by the talented author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Witless, emasculated heros a good book does not make
All Yodaisms aside, this book was just very poorly written. I'm kind of surprised, because the first book I read by the author (the evening before I read this one) was a fairly... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Stephanie A. Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book! I enjoyed it!
Published 9 days ago by Ruthie Lupien
3.0 out of 5 stars Ups & downs
First of all: PLEASE take this review with a grain of salt. I read it while in a period of sleeplessness, which might have affected my judgement and the dislikes I will voice... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I really love SM Reine's books. I feel in love with Elise Kavanagh first then I met Riley and was taken by her story. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Danielle Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Interesting, fun characters; twisty plot; definitely surprises. Kept me guessing till the end!
Published 18 days ago by ShyReviewer
1.0 out of 5 stars I need a hero-and there really wasn't one!
Let me start by saying that I have read the Descent Series by SM Reine and was completely hooked!! I was literally buying the next book in the series before I finished the one I... Read more
Published 21 days ago by FourEaredBandit
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It
This is a spin-off of The Descent Series. It is very good. Most of the characters are different than in The Descent Series but the storylines do interact. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gary L. O'Brien
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Mystery/Urban Fantasy
Cesar Hawke is a witch who works at the Magical Violations Department of the Office of Preternatural Affairs, a secret division of law enforcement that chases demons, rogue... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra Purdy Kong
4.0 out of 5 stars I want more
The book kept me guessing and wondering what was coming up next. There's not much more that i can want. All of that takes into account plot line and character development. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Chaudhari
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting!
This book gives you action, suspense, mystery, and just a touch of romance. It will leave you wanting to read the next book in the series.
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More About the Author

Hi everyone! My name is Sara, and I'm the New York Times Bestselling Author of urban fantasy known as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). You can usually find me writing on my treadmill desk at 2am whilst listening to dubstep. Yes, dubstep.

If you would like to know the instant I have a new book available, you should enlist in my Army of Evil! I'll only email you when I have a new release, which is generally no more than once a month. I can't write any faster than that. :)

List of my series:

WAR OF THE ALPHAS (coming soon)

Six Moon Summer
All Hallows' Moon
Long Night Moon
Gray Moon Rising

New Moon Summer
Blood Moon Harvest
Moon of the Terrible
Red Rose Moon
Of Wings and Wolves
Alpha Moon

Death's Hand
The Darkest Gate
Dark Union
Damnation Marked
Dire Blood
Defying Fate
Paradise Damned
Deadly Hearts (prequel short story)

Sacrificed in Shadow
Oaths of Blood
Ruled by Steel
Caged in Bone
Lost in Prophecy
Torn by Fury
Sins of Eden

Witch Hunt
Silver Bullet
Hotter than Helltown
Shadow Burns
Deadly Wrong
Ashes and Arsenic
Once Darkness Falls (coming 2015)

TAROT WITCHES (in progress)
Caged Wolf
Forbidden Witches
Winter Court (coming 2015)


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