Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong — book review

Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong. Orbit ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Waking the Witch is a part of the Women of the Otherworld series that began with Bitten  in 1999. This particular chapter in the cycle concerns Savannah Levine, daughter of a Black Witch, and a Demon, who is the ward of, and works for, Cortez-Winterbourne Investigations.

When her guardian Page Winterbourne takes a well-eared holiday Savannah is drawn into her first case as lone investigator, when three young women are thought to have been killed as ritual sacrifices.

Fast paced and full of intrigue, this is essentially an Agatha Christie-styled whodunnit with a bit of magic ‘ and an awful lot more blood.  An urban-private investigator-fantasy that fits a pattern — but is a lot of fun, just the same. But it’s none the worse for that. The only minor fault might be an assumption of familiarity with many of the characters.

Waking the Witch romps along at breakneck speed through the false trails and red herrings to its blood-soaked denouement with all the style you would expect featuring one of Armstrong’s strong women.   

Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong. Orbit ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Waking the Witch is a part of the Women of the Otherworld series that began with Bitten  in 1999. This particular chapter in the cycle concerns Savannah Levine, daughter of a Black Witch, and a Demon, who is the ward of, and works for, Cortez-Winterbourne Investigations.

When her guardian Page Winterbourne takes a well-eared holiday Savannah is drawn into her first case as lone investigator, when three young women are thought to have been killed as ritual sacrifices.

Fast paced and full of intrigue, this is essentially an Agatha Christie-styled whodunnit with a bit of magic ‘ and an awful lot more blood.  An urban-private investigator-fantasy that fits a pattern — but is a lot of fun, just the same. But it’s none the worse for that. The only minor fault might be an assumption of familiarity with many of the characters.

Waking the Witch romps along at breakneck speed through the false trails and red herrings to its blood-soaked denouement with all the style you would expect featuring one of Armstrong’s strong women.