Blake, Adrienne. Witchy Way to Murder. CityOwlPress, 2023.
Thank you, LibraryThing and CityOwlPress, for the free ebook galley of Witchy Way to Murder by Adrienne Blake.
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Witchy Way to Murder by Adrienne Blake combines two genres: mystery and fantasy. It’s a whodunnit/detective story set in a slightly different reality in which humans are accustomed to Fae folk and magic.
This fantasy world includes witches, a diverse variety of Fae folk, and werewolves. The protagonist is half witch and half goblin — which is what makes this book truly original. I wouldn’t expect a main character to be a goblin or half goblin. This feels like the beginning of a series (and funny thing — looking it up on Amazon shows that it is indeed the first in the series Dark Encounters).
I appreciate that a couple characters are queer — a human and a goblin. But I wanted more.
The paranormal mystery novel is full of rich details about setting and characters. I also like background info like when Dionne reflects on how they got their private eye office (renting from a half-troll, half human). Great world-building and magic.
Once the initial dream scene is over, it’s clearly a quirky and humorous novel… never mind that the snarkiness isn’t my cup of tea. Snarkiness reminds me of the Midwest and perpetual playground bullies. Empathy-challenged people who are out of touch with their emotions. However, I’m sure this book/series will appeal more to people in their twenties and thirties, especially Midwesterners. (And based on a few ebooks I’ve read in the same genre, the snarkiness is common.)
The protagonist used to be a cop, and one of the major characters is a cop who used to be her coworker. We need to stop writing, producing, and publishing copaganda. There’s waaaay too much of that. The…