Friday, October 6, 2017

Any Witch Way But Dead (A Hedgewood Sisters Paranormal Mystery #2), by Ruby Blaylock

Ruby Blaylock, September 2017

The Hedgewood sisters--Twyla, Ree, and Sissy--are still adjusting to the unexpected return of their fae father, Joe Embriar, after an absence of over twenty years. That to him it's been more like a few weeks doesn't make it any better.

He's also brought along two friends, fae men named Napoleon and Eldon, who are living in the Hedgwood home. The young women's mother, Loretta, seems happy about Joe's return, and doesn't seem to mind his friends, but the sisters are unconvinced

Oh, and the Hedgewood sisters, all witches, are adjusting to Joe's announcement that they are the most powerful witches to be born in centuries. There's a prophecy connected to them.

This is all well and good, but they really want no part of prophecies, and would like more explanation than they're getting from Joe about why he's back, and what the current political conflict in the fae homeland has to do with them.

Then fae and other "supes"--supernatural beings--start being murdered by a fae weapon.

It starts with the death of Priscilla Purvis, a quiet woman who lived alone with her cat, Fluffy, and who wasn't widely known to be part fae. Then a quiet, well-liked man named Grim, also fae, and respected and popular local minister, Patricia Huggins, who was part pixie.

The town of Frog Hollow seems to have a serial killer on the loose. Police detective Hank Ketchum, currently running the small police department because Sheriff Leland Talbot is on an unexplained medical (and, I should say, not missed by the fae, witches, and supes in town, is looking hard. He's also a werewolf.

He's highly motivated to find the killer, and to work with the Hedgewood women if they can help find the killer.

It's a lot of fun.

Recommended. An enjoyable light read.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.