- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: IndieHeart Press
- Audible.com Release Date: September 19, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075FG9K64
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The Innocent Dead: A Witch Cozy Mystery Audiobook – Unabridged
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Three witches get involved in a murder mystery when it appears a killer from the past has returned. One of the witches, Natalie, wants to finally clear the name of her long ago boyfriend who was accused of the first round of murders before he disappeared. But of they aren't careful, they might end up as some of the newest victims.
First off, this says it is the first book in the series. While that is technically true, it is a follow up to another series that featured the same characters (at least some of them). That was the Bad Tom trilogy by the same author. I think the main difference was those stories featured two other characters in the main spotlight. I haven't read the other series so some of this is conjecture. While I was never completely lost, I did have the feeling of coming in late to the story. It was like starting to watch a TV series in its second season without having seen the first. You get most of it but there are a lot of references to the past. The characters have developed their roles somewhat so you have to play catch up if you aren't familiar with them. Also you don't develop as strong as a bond with them as if you got to know them earlier.
This is a cozy mystery so expect it to be lighter in tone and complexity than say a police procedural. The mystery is good but I would have liked to have seen more red herrings. As it was, I fell for the big red herring. But when the solution was revealed it seemed like it had to work harder to prove that it was a "better" solution than the big red herring.
The writing seemed a little choppy in the beginning with a lot of quick jumps from scene to scene. This might have been due to me trying to get a feel for the characters and their world as I said earlier. Anyway, the writing smoothed out as the story progressed (or I became more familiar with them).
This is another witch story that really doesn't have a lot of witchiness to it. It is mentioned but not used that much.
As with most cozy mysteries, the biggest draw is the characters. The cast of this story are fairly easy to like or are at least interesting. Natalie is a little too crotchety to be easily liked but she is definitely interesting.
I did like this story and wouldn't have a problem suggesting it to fans of cozy mysteries. But I would suggest trying the Bad Tom books first just so you don't have that what did I miss feelings. I liked this one good enough that I will probably go back and try those as well. I would rate it as 3.5 stars.
Finally, Natalie has the chance to prove that her long-lost love wasn't guilty of the murders committed years before. With luck, proving his innocence will also get him to move on to the afterlife and leave her in peace. Some of the answers she needs to solve those long-ago murders can only be gotten from the dead, the very thing she is trying to avoid at all cost.
Series: The Maid, Mother, and Crone Paranormal Mystery Series - Book 1
Author: Jill Nojack
Genre: Paranormal/Witch Cozy
Publisher: Kindle Press
The Innocent Dead is a new series and is part of the Witches of Giles Universe written by Jill Nojack. This book is a great beginning to what will be an ever evolving and creative series that should last for many years to come.
Natalie isn’t your typical witch or crone. She not only sees the dead, but it is also her duty to help them move one if she can. William Stanford is one very persistent ghost, who also happens to be the love of her life, and a murder suspect. The character of Natalie in the form of a grumpy old woman who never seems to smile or laugh with any real happiness is unforgettable. She is mean, bossy and outspoken, yet she also knows when to keep her mouth shut and when to help someone, living or dead.
William may be a ghost, but he is dedicated to Natalie even after 50 years. She is his world and always was. He is warm, compassionate and filled with a youthful spirit. The reader will fall in love with William and his strength and determination as well as his antics.
The additional cast of characters are equally enjoyable and graced with the beauty of mind and spirit, as well as a wonderful sense of humor, especially Cassie and Gillian. It is easy to like all of them and relate to one or more, even the decidedly purposefully oblivious chief of police, Denton.
The town of Giles and the businesses sprinkled throughout the story although fictional are described lovingly as a place a person wouldn’t mind visiting or living near. The town is built around a square with a large statue of the real-life Giles Corey who was accused of practicing witchcraft in 1692. It is an interesting and thought-provoking setting.
This story is filled with page-turning action and clues that will lead the reader right up to the killer’s doorstep. However, just when you think the mystery is solved, a wrench is thrown into the works. The reader must go back and look at the other possible suspect from a different point of view. The Innocent Dead is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good mystery filled with magic, witches, and the occasional ghost.
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