3 books and a novella in this collection by Howell but only the novella has the ‘action’ as regards what you might call an adult theme of a reverse harem as suggested.
That said, I found the books gently amusing, cosy but does contain swearing, hints and innuendoes.
That said, her 3 ‘cats’ who are shifters or witch familiars if you prefer, are called, Finn, Tom and Pussy. Yes – he really is….
You might be watching this on Sky One – A Discovery of Witches – or may never have heard of this series, but if you like Outlander, then you’ll like this set of 3 books.
I loved them and I’m going to list my reasons why:
- The historical accuracy – in clothing, sights, smell and books;
- Libraries and Books. The clear descriptions of old books, the way they were bound, the way they were printed, the colours and te illustrations;
- How difficult it is to write with a quill – and write clear and clean hand-writing;
- Descriptions of Alchemical experiments as described in the books, and as they are to be understood in modern chemistry terms;
- ‘Meeting’ historical characters in Elizabethan London. The philosophical discussions. The political intrigue;
- Details of Elizabethan witchcraft which ring very tue;
- Length of the books – like Outlander, the books are long and rich in descriptions and details. You feel that you are really obtaining full value for money;
- The move from country to country and time to time with all the different customs and languages. And the reminder that Langue D’Oc was the language of most of Southern France and the Occitanie and the County of Toulouse, and that Paris was the capital of France which was not the ruler of this area, except by remote access.
- The author is an historian and has actually visited the places she writes about from the Bodleian to the Yale Library;
- And finally, they hooked me and I just couldn’t put them down. They were a very good read, well written and clean and clear stylistically, and engrossing. The characters grabbed you and you wanted to find out what came next….
So here we have a pastor who lives in a small town in the USA but whose twin died by murder. She has always been linked to her twin, in the way they often are, in that they would feel each other’s emotions and pains. And so she knew when her sister was in trouble and when she died.
And now, from the grave, her sister’s ‘ghost’ or at least its presence and some semblance of words, tries to help her when she gets involved in crimes. Because this pastor always does.
i read book 1 first to obtain the background and by the end of it,
i was wondering if there was anyone left alive in her church and the small town. For me, it was Midsummer Murders in a book form, but better written. Just too many people were killed. So I was not sure about book 2 which is the one this blog tour is for.
But it is better. As with so many authors, they learn their craft and improve their story-telling and the characters develop as the series progresses. This is what has happened here I think. but let’s not have too many murders please. One complex one per book is enough.
about the author
With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.
Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.
She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.
Put in an asylum by her parents at age 7, because she hears voices, Ella is broken out by a Vampire. But she isn’t really mad, and the voices can manifest as poltergeists when Ella is threatened. turns out all is not as it seems.
An enjoyable foray into the world of vampires, ghosts and ghouls.. and really Eve, your view of what happens in an asylum is really nasty!
Eve Langlais always writes an enjoyable fantasy which moves along at a good pace and with nice touches of humour.