Grave Witch

An Alex Craft Novel, Book 1

Alex Craft is a grave witch, a witch who has the ability to raise a person’s spirit or “shade” after death. She runs her own company called Tongues for the Dead, where she raises shades to help murder victims find justice. Her younger sister, Casey, contacts Alex out of the blue in hopes of hiring her to look into the murder of Governor Theodore Coleman. Governor Coleman was shot two weeks prior by faes and now his body has recently turned up and no one knows where his body has been. His body is found covered with ritualistic symbols and is one of many other bodies that has been found with these tattoos recently. These bodies are also contaminated with a soul-draining spell that soon infects Alex after she is attacked by a shade that she has raised.

After taking on this case, Alex butts heads with the lead detective, Falin Andrews, because he doesn’t want a grave witch anywhere near the bodies or his case. Fate and circumstance bring the two together and they have to join forces to solve this case to determine the identity of a serial killer who is killing other witches after performing ritual ceremonies on them. Can Alex and Falin put all the pieces together in time before Alex becomes one of the next victims?

Grave Witch is a fresh entry in the long list of paranormal mystery novels that have been released lately. Alex is a kick-ass character with a lot of heart and is fiercely independent. I liked her personality and was fascinated with the idea of a grave witch as a storyline, which is nice because I haven’t read anything like this before. I also enjoyed the fact that Death itself was a person and not just an entity. A very good looking and sexy person, I also may add.

The book just seems to grab you from the first chapter and you have to hold on until the conclusion of this novel. I was having to play a little bit of catch-up to orient myself with the characters in the beginning, but that was solved after a few chapters. Nonstop action that will keep you guessing who the killer is until the end. I’m under the impression that Grave Witch is the start to an Alex Craft series and I can’t wait to see where Kalayna Price goes with these characters and the interesting love triangle.

Book Blurb for Grave Witch

Not even death can save her now.

As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead-she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she's raising a "shade" involved in a high profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn't want her to know what the dead have to say, and she'll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why...


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.75