Murder Casts Its Spell

Margaret C. Morse creates a world full of magical and mundane things with this unique mystery. Petra Rakowtiz is one tough cookie and I mean that as a compliment. Her friend and co-worker gets arrested for murder and then she discovers magical abilities she's never displayed before. Instead of freaking out, like I surely would have done she seems to take everything in stride and deals with it as it comes. Even her attraction to her friend's brother, who is at the top of her suspect list. I enjoyed that there was an attraction involved but not really a romance as sometimes with mysteries they sometimes cross into romantic suspense space. I'd admit that the first few pages of this book almost turned me off this story as recently I've read too many paranormals about policing magic powers and the fears and prejudices that go along with such a scenario. But I'm so glad that I kept reading because I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I found it so refreshing that the hero was a little broken and that the heroine was so much more alpha. The details were so fabulous without dragging the story down and I felt as if I'd been transported into a new world. I enjoyed the mystery and watching Petra think it through. Her coworkers and friends are a fantastic bunch that I cannot wait to read about again. I cannot wait to see Petra take on her next adventure.

Petra Rakowitz thinks she's taken on a rather simple case when her friend and co-worker needs her but then he's arrested for murder and nothing is the same again. Soon Petra is even more deeply entrenched in the magical world, displaying magical powers she's never had before and she can't control herself or a murderer. Can she find the answers to help her friend and herself?

Book Blurb for Murder Casts Its Spell

Attorney Petra Rakowtiz lives in a world much like ours...except that her latest client is a wizard.

In a society divided into those with magic and non-magic powers, Petra finds herself on the non-magical side of the equation, instead opting for a career making sure that all people—powerful or powerless—get the justice they deserve. Only her ideas of justice are tested when Petra's first murder case falls into her lap after her lead investigator is arrested for killing his ex-girlfriend. While Petra wants to believe he's innocent, her client conveniently keeps "forgetting" to tell her anything that makes him look bad. Suspects begin to pile up, including one who would kill to keep his secret and one who tempts Petra to let her guard down and fall in love again. And the fact that the accused is a wizard sends the press on a hate campaign, claiming his powers are enough to make him a danger to society. Petra might agree that magic can be unpredictable...especially when she suddenly possesses those powers herself for the first time. With the Wizard Council threatening to lock her up for her inability to control her new power, and her client's life on the line if she doesn't prove him innocent, Petra has to make the real murderer appear before she herself disappears.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2016 4.00