Book description: 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…
Review by Vicky: This is the first installment of the Alex Craft series and it’s a gripping, well written start.
Alex is a grave witch who can raise the shades of the dead. She is asked by her sister to consult on a murder case and gets dragged in to something much darker than she has ever experienced before. She is attacked and then shot at and has to work with Detective Falin Andrews to try to solve the Coleman murder case before it’s too late.
Alex suffers a lot when she uses her gift. After using grave sight she becomes unnaturally cold and loses her normal vision. If she doesn’t use her gift regularly it becomes uncontrollable and she unintentionally raises shades. Alex is an independent person with a bit of a soft side and has built a decent life for herself since she was disowned by her family. She has a good, if not unusual group of friends, including Death and a cat gargoyle called Fred!
Falin Andrews has recently transferred to the department and is the lead detective on the Coleman case. His first encounter with Alex is not exactly friendly but he realizes that he might need her special skills to be able to solve the case as she is the one to realize that dark magic is involved. He is a very secretive person and doesn’t really let his personality appear until later in the book, instead confusing Alex with his actions. I think as the series proceeds there will be lots of secrets revealed about Falin which could cause complications for the relationship he obviously wants with Alex.
Death is a soul collector that has popped in and out of Alex’s life for years and the attraction has simmered for a while. When someone takes a shot at Alex, Death pushes her out-of-the-way and saves her life. As the story continues Death puts himself at risk for Alex and reveals his true feelings for her. Death generally doesn’t seem to take life too seriously which appealed to me but as he wasn’t really around for very long each time he appeared, (which I was a bit disappointed about) he started to become a bit of a side character for me.
The characters and the story are well-developed and kept me interested throughout. The only negative point I have for this book is that it felt quite similar to a lot of other paranormal / UF series even though it was an individual take on the whole scenario. That’s not to say that I did not enjoy this book, it was a very satisfying read and I am looking forward to the other books in the series.
If you like a series with a strong heroine, a mysterious, sexy hero and a variety of paranormal characters then I would definitely suggest that you give this a try.You can buy Grave Witch here.
Fun read for this I give it 4 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (hearts)