Under Witch Moon
Maria E. Schneider
Adriel should have known that with a werewolf, it never stopped with just one body. She would have gone to the police after witnessing Dolores’ death, but she wasn’t certain the killer she saw was responsible for the other murders. Besides, the police didn’t believe in werewolves, and they weren’t going to believe she was a witch either so what could she tell them?
She kept her eyes and ears open while she tried to help her latest client escape the clutches of a voodoo witch, but things went from bad to worse when more bodies turned up. She was greatly relieved when she met White Feather, an undercover cop. Unfortunately, he wasn’t convinced she was innocent of all wrong-doing.
It was going to take every spell she knew and a few she hadn’t tried to solve the murders and stay alive. (Goodreads)
This book offers so much to the reader. There is humor, suspense, mystery, tension and a bit of romance all woven together to create a great read.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Adriel is one feisty witch who is also very smart. She has a lot of knowledge in spell making and I never realized how much hard it is to be a witch. She never takes a job until she has done her homework and research and she does not like to take unnecessary chances. She also has to feel that there is a honest need for her services and she she does not like to use her powers to hurt others. She has a special place in her heart for Lynx, a young boy (and I use that term lightly) that she stumbled across one day. She feels protective of him and worries about him all the time even as she uses his services for information. I really enjoyed reading about their relationship.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is witty and clever (attributes that Adriel shares) and there are many humorous parts in the book. I laughed out loud when Adriel was learning to fly. The author is very talented in her descriptive and detailed writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching the action and hearing the dialogue myself. This is the sign of a great author, in my opinion.
There is a lot of suspense and tension throughout the book. There are many twists and turns that made it difficult to figure out the mystery. I felt that the mystery was expertly plotted and kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted paranormal urban fantasy read. I have read this author’s cozy mystery series but this is the first book of hers that I have read in her Moon Shadow Series books. But it will not be the last book I read by this author.