We're winding down our week of wickedness with some witches. While technically not monsters, witches are a common feature of Halloween celebrations, so here we go. From Hermione Granger to Snow White's stepmother, witches have a long history in our popular culture. And with recent titles like A Discovery of Witches and the TV series based on the book Witches of East End, it doesn't look like they're going away any time soon.
Dead Witch Walking
By Kim Harrison
Rachel Morgan is a witch working for Inderland Security, the law enforcement agency that polices witches, vampires, pixies, and whatever other supernatural beings happen to break the rules. Rachel doesn't like her job anymore, but the thing about witches who quit the I.S. is that they don't seem to live very long. They might not even make it out of the building. But with a little luck, some wishes from an uncooperative leprechaun, and help from her vampire pal Ivy, she decides to make a go of it. Rachel and Ivy move into the Hollows, which is the neighborhood in Cincinnati where the otherworldly live. She wants to open her own practice, but soon she's dodging spells and assassins. Fortunately, she stumbles across a case that might, if she can manage it, pay off the contract on her life. Unfortunately, she might not survive until then.
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Review by Danny Hanbery