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- Book 2 of 7 in A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery (7 Book Series)
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The underlying themes of this book--magic, alchemy, the power of our imagination & the oneness of the universe--were done in such a way as to introduce the reader to these concepts without being heavy handed. And I'm looking forward to researching and learning more about the information the author gives us.
I enjoy the metaphysical aspect of the books, but could do without the heavy, predictable romance crap. Really takes down the tone of the whole book.
I started out loving the characters & the story so much, I couldn't wait to finish and buy the 1st installment in the series. I'm glad I waited. The story played out predictably and by the end I no longer cared about what had happened in Paris and how Riga got & lost her magical powers.
I rarely purchase Kindle books (much preferring the Free ones :-) but am very pleased to have spent the $$ on this one and I can hardly wait to read the next!!
Riga is an excellent character and believable as a reluctant witch with her acerbic wit and knack for getting into trouble!! And the character of the Gargoyle is sheer genius!!
Keep up the great writing!!!
A fan in Pennsylvania.
In this second book of the series, Riga is in a bit of a tough spot, what with having lost her magic and all. But never fear, Brigitte is here, and encourages Riga to pick up her study of Alchemy to remedy the situation. What could go wrong?
The story is more detective than bodice-ripper, which I appreciate, and the characters are interesting and well-drawn. The author drops tantalizing hints about Riga's history, while still maintaining a suitable air of mystery.
Apropos of some criticisms I've read in the reviews: This is not a grimoire. You will not learn dark arts within these pages. The author does know her paranormal stuff, though, and provides a convincing and compelling world for Riga and the others to inhabit.
I look forward to book 7!
This book combines some of my favorite paranormal concepts. It is definitely worth reading. I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.
This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of paranormal/supernatural mysteries.
Trigger Warnings: murder, assault
Animal Abuse: a cat is killed, a dog runs away to avoid the same fate
My Thoughts: So, this book is set near Lake Tahoe rather than in San Francisco, where Riga usually lives. I rather like this setting. It sounds like a lovely place.
I was very amused by several things in this book, but mostly Riga's sometimes silliness, like when she was looking around the office of a murder victim and didn't see anything, and thought this: "Well, what had she expected to find? A note from the killer jammed beneath the door? She checked, hopeful." I was also amused to learn that Martin Luther strongly approved of alchemy, so I guess Lutherans can rest assured that the practice of alchemy is a-okay in their dogma.
The editing wasn't too bad--I have definitely seen much worse--but there were a couple weird things, like a door swagged with crime scene tape. What? Swagged? I think she must have meant swathed. Most of the problems I saw were details, aesthetic choices, and confusion over when to capitalize and not capitalize titles, nothing too terribly distracting or unusual or egregious. Plus I was extremely impressed to find the correct use of not only the term "magnate" (which I have seen spelled "magnet") and mic (for microphone, not the commonly misused "mick").
All in all, a great continuation of the series, despite Riga's too stupid to live behavior when she felt she had discovered who the killer was. At least she had a backup plan, but why do these people always go to face the killer with no weapons or additional people?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked it. But I was woowoo when woowoo wasn't cool, so what do I know?Published 12 days ago by DCJ
Fascinating premise. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters. Some of the alchemical stuff was a bit dense for my understanding but enthralling, none the less.Published 1 month ago by Kimberly J. Foster
I enjoyed the first novel in the series and figured I would keep going. The story line was enjoyable, but it seems as though no one edited the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book first. I continually wondered while reading it, "would this make more sense I'd already read the first book.". Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rick
Good book, interested in finding some of the other books to read. Makes one think.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great book with good character plot lines. This is the second book in the series and I need to get the third book to find out what happens to Donovan. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Myers
I love this series - it can be read as a single book because there is enough background provided to keep references timely. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ginger Oliver
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