- File Size: 483 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Publication Date: July 23, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M2PNR7E
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Witchy Business" is the first in a series of novels by Eva Paludan and Stuart Sharp but - in keeping with my somewhat eccentric reading habits - it's the second book in that series that I've read. I picked it up because I thoroughly enjoyed the one I'd read previously even though books about witches, vampires, and werewolves aren't my favorite form of fiction. These authors, however, managed to rope me in by creating a strong female character as the protagonist (always a plus in my opinion) and making her an insurance investigator, not some lonely woman living deep in the forest casting spells and turning wandering princes into frogs. In short, because I'm someone who writes detective fiction, they managed to combine their interests with mine and, in the process write a novel that appeals to my literary taste buds.
And they did it well.
"Witchy Business" is part mystery (someone has apparently stolen a nearly priceless piece of art) and part romance with a pretty good fight scene thrown in for good measure. It's not overloaded with a lot of arcane magical terminology, which would make it very difficult for folks like me to read and understand, and it redefines vampires in a very intriguing way.
It is, therefore, not simply well written but also engaging.
Paludan and Sharp are veteran authors and they know their way around a narrative. They also know how to create interesting secondary characters who add to the story without distracting the reader. The plot has a couple of minor twists aimed at keeping the reader engaged but they aren't as important to the story as the story itself for this is also, in an odd sort of way, a coming-of-age novel in addition to being a mystery/romance.
It comes down to this: "Witchy Business" is a very enjoyable read about some very interesting characters.
When you put it all together you have a delightful romance.mystery combo with surprising ends. A bit of this is just coming of age for Elle even though she is 35. A very good yarn indeed.
The ending is sort of a "I was afraid that was gonna happen" type thing and was very satisfying and I can't wait to get the next one.
I should point out one thing (and the reason I got the book)and that is the fact that although JR Rain is listed as an author along with Eve Paludan and Stuart Sharp but from the forward info it seems that this is Eve Paludan's book with a goodly amount of help from the other 2 authors and it seems to have worked but if you are looking for Vampire for Hire here, this ain't it but it is a good story and series opener.
Witchy Business is the first in the series and after finishing it, I immediately bought the next one and began reading it. I had to see what happened next.
The heroine, Elle, is an Enchantress and Insurance Investigator who often does work for the local coven. We know fairly early on that Elle's mother was a well-known, successful witch but we don't know what happened to her. We also know that Enchantresses are considered rare amongst the witches and Elle often makes comments about how little real power she has. Elle is hired for a case involving a stolen piece of art and things become interesting. She meets Niall Sampson and begins to question things she has known all of her life.
This is a very well written book, with interesting well-rounded characters. The action is fast-paced and I particularly enjoyed it being set in Edinburgh.
If you like your female heroines to be able to think for themselves and take care of themselves, without being too perfect or too one -dimensional, then this is definitely a must read for you.
This is a very well written book, with interesting well-rounded characters. The action is fast-paced and I particularly enjoyed it being set in Edinburgh. The Countess has history there, you know. If you like your female heroines to be able to think for themselves and take care of themselves, without being too perfect or too one -dimensional, then this is definitely a must read for you.
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