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Grave Witch (Alex Craft) Mass Market Paperback – October 5, 2010
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Only a thin border separates the worlds of the living and the dead in Price's captivating series debut. Alex Craft is a penniless PI attached to two very high-profile cases: she's raising the first shade ever to take the witness stand and has discovered that the death of a local official involves magic. Nekros City police detective Falin Andrews wants her out of the latter investigation, which would suit Alex just fine if she hadn't been infected by a soul-sucking virus that only solving the case can cure. Add a little work freelancing for Death and a budding romance with Falin, and Alex is in way over her head. The world is nothing new, but a zippy pace and entrancing descriptions of "grave sight," which juxtaposes a decaying spirit world on top of ours, will keep readers happily turning pages.
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"[A] captivating series debut." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Alex Craft is a witch with the gift of grave sight. Her ability to speak to ghosts comes in handy in her line of work as a private investigator and occasional consultant for the local police department. Wrangled into taking a case for her sister, things begin to spin out of control as she is accused of murder and an attempt on her life is made. Lucky thing Death himself has taken a liking to Alex, one she doesn’t seem to mind.
Set on deciphering the mystery behind her attack, Alex begrudgingly teams up with the attractive and arrogant detective, Falin Andrews, who appears ready to throw her behind bars. Falin soon becomes an enigma Alex cannot ignore. As she begins to get a better grasp on him, Alex realizes the gravity of her situation, one Death himself fears. Will Alex put the pieces together before it is too late?
Alex crawled her way into my heart from the beginning. She is saucy, proud, and pretty ballsy even though she doesn’t have it together. I liked that most about her. Falin’s arrogance and seeming disinterest in Alex is typical but it works so I can’t complain. Now, Death…this creature is hot and perplexing, I held on to every glimpse into this man’s history and being. I could not get enough. These characters propelled my interest forward, though the premise alone was enough, once I understood what it was.
World building is done gradually, while the story progresses. Most of the time, this is a winner for me, but in this case, the schema for witches, shades, and the fae is a little different so I was left feeling lost and unable to fully understand the significance of some of the scenes. Fortunately, the plot advanced functionally without my full comprehension. Clearly story telling is fluid and appealing as I was sucked right in!
This novel has witty banter, mystery, risk, danger, and much more, all wrapped up nicely in a quick, easy, and pleasing read. It is reminiscent of the Downside Series without all the grit, and the Mercy Thompson Series without werewolves. I loved this Series and am adding it to my Fav’s list, perhaps you will too if you haven’t already.
Since I read all three books, I'd apply this review to all of them. If there are sequels, I'd snap them up in a heartbeat.
I deliberately gravitate toward this type of story, and have since the V.I. Warshowsky (sp?) mystery series set a precedent for strong crime solving heroines. Luckily, the supernatural approach realized Laurel Hamilton gave us an unbeatable heroine in Necromancer, Anita Blake.
Hamilton's alternate St. Louis was beautifully "stocked" with some incomparable supernatural characters (mainly vampires and werewolves), and truly frightening villains. Anita Blake is tough as nails. As a result, we got a great reading experience, with powerful characters, mysteries, and sexual allure, for the first -approximately 6-7 books. Unfortunately, that whole "world" was tragically altered, more or less buried under an avalanche of BDSM books, with an interminable amount of dialogue and whining. I'm making the comparison, because the "Grave" series may have a somewhat similar premise, but it's definitely not a "wanna be" book. It's just a different perspective of the same type of world, and it's highly entertaining without being heavy handed. It's easily an "all nighter" reading experience, and Alex Craft is a keeper.
I'd hazard a guess that for anyone who enjoys the Alex Craft books, there are many others of the KB heroine genre ("kick butt" ladies). For other, similar, supernatural tales I'd suggest the series with: "Kate Daniels", "Riley Jenson",
"Mercy Thompson", "Sookie Stackhouse" (up to about # 5 or 6), and the Chloe Neill "Chicagoland Vampire" series. For the more "steamy" supernatural stories, you might try authors like Alexandra Ivy, Lynn Viehl, Sherilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Kresley Cole, Lara Adrian, Gena Showalter, Lindsey Sands, or Nalini Singh (whose psy-changeling series deal with shifters and psychics). Some of the group seem almost a little "juvenile", or perhaps overly implausible at times, but they're all very enjoyable reads.
-Ozma-too (Sorry about the review title with a bad pun).