Alex Craft Series, Book 1
Summary : Consuming. Clever. Refreshing Read with all the right twists.
Grave Witch was recommended to me based on my interests, naturally I didn’t give any thought to the synopsis. I went in blind and was genuinely surprised with how easily I lost track of time. I wound up staying up all night. I even battled the part of me that wept for sleep for a few minutes before deciding against starting book two at dawn.
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.