Book Review: Witch Hunt, S.M. Reine

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Witch Hunt, S.M. Reine

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“There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke’s arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun—he was too drunk to remember it—but he knows for a fact that he didn’t kill her. He’s an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn’t hurt people. He saves them.

The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she talks to the wrong spirit, the OPA puts a bounty on her head.

Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn’t kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to all those wronged families.

She’s just one witch. He’s bagged a dozen witches before.

How hard can one more be?


Imagine you wake up in your home, arm cuffed to the bed, scratches on your arm and you are naked, you are left wondering what happened and who did it happen with? Did you drink too much the night before and have some drunken escapade with a stranger? A one night stand that might result in some strange awkwardness, yeah Cesar only wishes it were that simple – his would be one night stand ended up being so much more than that – a hero/peace maker type at heart Cesar is the last person the OPA would normally bag for violent-type.  However, when he goes exploring his apartment trying to find out just who he had his night with he finds a woman dead in his bathtub, a pool of blood and a bullet hole right through her heart.  A gun that does not belong to him lying on the floor and the LAPD asking questions he does not have answers to.  What a switch! This time however, he knows there’s two people who might be able to help him, his partner, Suzy, and the witch involved in the last case he was assigned pre-murder, Isobel Stonecrow, the only problem, he’s cuffed and locked in a cell.  How will he figure this out? And how far will he go in order to prove his innocence?

This book intrigued me just based on the title and description alone, there was something about it that just grabbed me from the off, and I was not disappointed when I was finally able to read this amazing book! The author manages to grab the reader’s attention from the first word on the first page.  She has a way of writing that keeps us guessing from page-to-page, curious about what is going to happen and how Cesar, Isobel and Suzy will play the story out.  A good mystery does this, a good mystery outlines the story, puts our detective/hero type right in the middle of the thick of it generally trying to prove a secondary party guilty or innocent of the crime outlined – this time however things were different – our detective/hero type was also the one being accused of the crime itself and he’s working to try and prove his own innocence.  Inherently he knows he did not commit the crime, his partner Suzy knows it, the OPA however does not believe him and he spends his week on the run trying to convince Isobel aka Izzy of the same thing.  Now, add to the mix, the fact that Cesar, Suzy, Isobel and all of the other human characters are all Witches, Demons, Incubus or Succubus and you have a whole other layer of intrigue added into the story!

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more of Cesar’s adventures with his new position and group of internal investigators.  Five out of Five Stars for S.M. Reine’s Witch Hunt, if you love Paranormal and Murder Mystery Books, this one is the one for you!

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in Exchange for an Honest Review**

About the Author

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You would think that writing about myself shouldn’t feel awkward after producing a few books, but it is.

I’m an Air Force brat who was born in the midwest, lived overseas for a few years, and came back to the United States to settle down in beautiful, barren Nevada. I’ve known that I wanted to be a writer for almost my entire life, after I finally gave up on becoming a velociraptor. I wrote my very first book when I was twelve-ish.

When I’m not writing–which is seldom–I’m nose-deep in geek culture. I am insane about movies. My favorite part is arguing about them, because whatever opinion you have is definitely not as good as mine. I’m also a big dork for video games. My Steam library is a force to be reckoned with, and my favorite game of the week is Prison Architect.

Other hobbies include tickling my son until he passes out from giggling, cuddling my army of black kitties, and eating the delicious Italian food my husband’s restaurant makes. I’m also a strict meatarian and consume bacon for two meals every day. Also, I primarily work at two miles per hour whilst walking on my treadmill desk.

Happy reading. 🙂

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