Book #43: Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine

A brutal murder.

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.

The search for a shaman.

Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead…for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA’s most wanted list.

One risky solution.

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 the victim.

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

How hard can one more be?

From what I remember, I got this book when it was free on Amazon (not sure if it is now).  I like Urban Fantasy and thought, why not?

I then forgot about it.

Instead of actually reading it, I opted to listen during my stint of buying a load of audio books for my Audible app.

I found this book to be so/so. It’s cool that the lead is male and the author is female. Not that that really matters, but I thought it was nice. Even though the main character is a bit buff and looks manly, he’s a geek. I mean Star Trek, Firefly, has limited funko pop vinyls type of geek. On top of that, he’s also a witch. He even says witch. Not wizard. Not mage. He’s a witch.

Those tiny tidbits about him made him a character that I could connect to. Granted, he’s not the brightest bulb, but he had qualities that hinted an interesting character.

Most of the book is Cesar trying to solve a murder and clearing his name. You get a bit about the world, a flashback, and that about covers it. The action scenes are fun. I could see this being a good action urban fantasy movie or tv show.

Now, is this a book to bring home and meet the parents? Meh. Is it a fun one nighter? Yes. I do have another S.M. Reine book and I think I will get to that one in the future. As such, Witch Hunt is a decent beginning and introduction to a character and world.

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