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From the Author
What inspired this book?
I'm a huge fan of Agatha Christie. After binge-reading her Poirot short stories, I wanted to write something that combined her sleuthing with my love of fantasy. The result was the Invisible Entente prequel novella, which introduces all the characters in the series.
What do you love most about writing fantasy?
I love the idea that anything is possible. We live in a world where all sorts of incredible things are taken for granted, so why can't there be demons and sorceresses hidden in plain view? Why can't the energy that causes plants to go or electricity to run through wires be manipulated by someone who knows how?
What I love most about the characters in this series is how flawed they all are -- and although the basis of those flaws is in their supernatural nature, their troubles are also familiar and something many of us experience on a regular basis.
Who would most enjoy this book?
Anyone who likes a bit of magic in their mystery. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Supernatural, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
About the Author
- ASIN : B01LXURS9W
- Publisher : Raven's Quill Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2016)
- Publication date : September 14, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1402 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 446 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #701,774 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Forgive me for being vague but I don't want to give anything away in my review, I hate spoilers.
The characters are well written, their personalities are strong, their interactions with one another and reactions to events are believable, easily drawing the reader into the story and events. I truly hope to see much more of them in the future of this series.
The plot flows smoothly with no jarring event gaps to confuse the reader. The mystery itself and events that lead to solving it happens quickly in story timeline but are written in great detail. And the twist... well, you'll just have to read "Death at Peony House" and find out for yourself! I'm usually on point in my mystery solving and left disappointed when I'm right, but I think Krista Walsh may be the best 'red herring' writer since Agatha Christie, since I was wrong on the 'who done it' for the second time in "The Invisible Entente" series!
I highly recommend this to anyone that likes mystery, with or without an element of fantasy and magic! As for me, I'm on to the next in the series and hope that Ms Walsh won't make us all wait too much longer for another release!
I'm waffling on what to rate this. It took me a little longer than I expected to read this, and not because I didn't have time. My mind kept wandering, even if the writing was pretty good, and the mystery wasn't derivative. But something... I can't place my finger on it, but something about the story didn't grab me. Anyway, I'll just move on to what I liked and didn't like.
Here's what I didn't like: The last fight with the ghosts lacked tension, as well as the fight with the guilty party. I know that Daphne was doing something that required a lot of her concentration, and there were elements to create tension, but I could skim and not really miss anything that happened. There was this instance of daphne driving to the office, then we got a play by play of the dinner the night before, her going to bed and waking up raring to go, and then her arriving at the office. That's a reading sin of mine, and I will always hate it when it's used in books.
Here's what I liked: The mystery and how she goes about to solve it. The red herrings were particularly good too. I liked all the characters, Walsh had some great lines and good prose. I liked Daphne's addiction and her feelings about what she'd done and the sip she had. She was a sympathetic character.
Overall, this read well, but it read slow. The story took a plodding pace from the beginning and it never really picked up. I think that's my biggest problem with it.
That isn't to say that there isn't anything fun and exciting about this book, the characters are real and interesting, the situations are creepy and compelling, and the story is unusual with enough twists that you will be drawn to see the ending.
Top reviews from other countries
references to incidents that happened before. These were big mistakes that Daphne made and now is
trying to live down. Daphne is a reporter, but with strong magic abilities which she has to hide from humans.
She discovers a body at Peony House - an empty building which used to be a family home and then a hospital.
She realizes magic was involved in the boy's death but cannot tell this to her ex-boyfriend, Det. Hunter.
With the aid of a homeless boy who was a friend of the victim, she tries to solve the crime and help release the
ghosts of other victims killed over the last 150 years.
The demons involved were creepy and the magic used by them and against them was powerful.
I liked Daphne's mum and gran, who, though also magic users, thought feeding Daphne was a priority in life!
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a lot of magic in a book with no sex or swearing.
Had an inkling about the ending but didn't see everything coming.