Detective Madeline Wimsey tends to stand out with her wild red hair, pentacle amulets, and offbeat methods, but she has a tool few other cops use ― magic.
Maddy knows the universe wants to balance itself out, so she isn’t above tossing around a spell or two whenever a killer’s karma needs a little nudge in the right direction. As a member of a practicing coven, she’s used to strange looks, hushed whispers, and rolled eyes, but couldn’t care less what people think of her.
After a man turns up dead in a grisly satanic rite, her fellow detectives are quick to crack jokes. Since they can’t tell a pentacle from a pentagram, Maddy’s happy to get the case. She suspects the ritual to be the work of amateurs, a theory that pans out when they track down the pack of clueless high school students who made the shrine in the woods. Convinced all is not as it appears to be, Maddy asks the Goddess for a push in the right direction and learns a disturbing truth:
The Devil’s Eye is watching her.
This was actually not what I expected. I guess I expected just some variation of Urban Fantasy with a main supernatural main protagonist that also happens to be a detective. However it’s really more of a story about a main protagonist who are a detective but also happens to be a witch.
This books focuses more on the detective aspect of the story than the supernatural. Of course, there is a fair amount of whitchy and supernatural elements as well but it is really a crime/mystery story at its core.
Of course Maddy is using her witchcraft to solve cases but it is more often than not to find clues and other ways of helping her solve cases. Her magic is also much more traditional style witch magic, at least in my mind. It is potion brewing, hexes, casting spells that takes time and such like instead of just throwing fireballs etc.
Although I didn’t really expect this kind of story I did indeed enjoy the crime/mystery blend. The book felt a wee bit slow at times but not so much that it annoyed me. I rather have a good book that is a tad slow than one where I feel that everything is rushed.
Maddy is a likable character and the detective mystery she has to solve is decent enough. Overall it was a enjoyable book. Not more than three stars worth but good enough that I will probably read another book in the series.