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Murder Most Witchy (Wendy Lightower Mystery Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Emily Rylands
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    The Lightower family has been hunting down paranormal phenomena in the small town of North Harbor for generations. Unlike the rest of her family, Wendy Lightower has never dreamed of chasing evil witches or unearthing magical secrets. Her greatest ambition in life is to be a full-time librarian and leave her witchy roots far behind her. But when a murder is committed in her very own library, Wendy cannot ignore that there is no natural explanation for the killing. If the killer is to be caught, she must call on family and friends alike to solve the magical murder.
    When she chose books over boogeymen and libraries over lycans, Wendy thought she would finally be able to live a 'normal' life. Now, her library is no longer the sanctuary she imagined it to be, and there may just be a killer hiding in the stacks.
    Murder Most Witchy is the first in a new series of paranormal mysteries by Emily Rylands. Intriguing and humorous, it will keep you guessing until the very end.


    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • Dateigröße: 664 KB
    • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 199 Seiten
    • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Sprache: Englisch
    • ASIN: B00JUEF96W
    • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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    • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
    • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #86.977 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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    4.0 von 5 Sternen funny and witty 17. Januar 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    I loved it.
    Reluctant witch works in a library, but when a murder happens, her uncle, a witch himself, tricks her into taking up the investigations, together with his young, good looking partner.
    Funny, witty, and at times serious as well, I enjoyed every word in this book. From the start to the (surprising?) finale, the only regret I have is that it came to an end.
    Good thing it looks like this is a series, I just have to get the next one.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen schwächelt ein wenig 23. Juli 2014
    Von A.H.
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    Die handelnden Personen sind mir sympathisch und bieten noch viel Potenzial für weitere Teile der Serie, doch die Auflösung des Mordes kam dann zu rasch und unspektakulär nach einem langsamen Handlungsaufbau. Aber das Buch war nicht so schlecht, dass ich keine weiteren Teile mehr lesen würde. Manchmal sind Wörter im Satz doppelt, man könnte das Buch noch einmal updaten, um diese offensichtlichen Fehler zu überarbeiten.
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    1.0 von 5 Sternen Thorough editing might have saved this book. 3. Juni 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The story starts too slow, with too much unnecessary information not related to the story's proceed.
    The whole book seems long-winded to me and more suitable for children than adults.
    But worst of all are the many spelling mistakes and the often bad grammar, which could have been avoided by thorough
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen A well told witchy tale with a light touch 27. November 2014
    Von Lakeside Listener - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    This is a smooth, well told and enjoyable tale, leading into a series that, in book two, gets even better.

    Stories of paranormal detectives solving murders have become their own genre, I guess. Unfortunately, it's attracted altogether too many self-published, probably mostly quite young novelists who can't write very well. They're full of daydreams with no life experience behind them, and it shows. It's why successful writers cringe at their early work.

    Such amateur genre books are easy to spot - they're full of typos and flat-out misuse of the language, and they always drive me away early. No sense wasting time on a book that makes you cringe. Really - have none of these writers heard of editors? Editors do exist and they do tend to catch logical errors and fix simple mistakes.

    Then you come across a book that makes digging through the literary dumpsters worth the time because of simple storytelling skill. The Wendy Lightower series rises several levels above its competition simply by the skill of the narrative. It's a light, enjoyable series full of familiar tropes - young female trying to escape the family's magic tradition by taking a mundane job; a hunky male who keeps almost charming her pants off, there being in this case a literal spark between Him and Her; a second hunky male representing wealth and power who keeps almost drawing her away from the first one; a villain who may or may not be innately evil but who wreaks havoc on sundry victims, not all of them very sympathetic; a best friend who is notably beautiful but wishes she were not and compensates by being tough as nails, a fine foil for our heroine (who is also beautiful but doesn't recognize it).... you get the drift.

    Rylands uses these tropes not to prop up a weak story but more as reference points to keep her main character oriented and the plot moving smoothly forward, carrying the reader effortlessly along with it. There's a storytelling talent here that I suspect can't be taught. The main character, Wendy Lightower, never does something so stupid it drops your jaw, such as wander into a clearly dire situation looking for her purse (as in one slush-pile book just before I put it down).

    Everything Wendy does makes sense from her point of view, events confuse her when appropriate, and the reader is never at a loss to understand her motives. The mystery gets solved, the paranormal is never overplayed, and the characters are believable within the framework of their paranormal universe. It all just kind of flows along, following its own logic. Done well, it looks easy - but not that many writers can actually pull it off. A treat to read.

    Actually, I liked this book well enough that I bought the second book in the series (Bell, Book and Murder) and enjoyed that one even more. The tropes became a bit more energized, so to speak, and the action a bit more compelling. Maybe I just mean it improved on the first one in the way it built to a climax, with an ending that the character careened into with little or no control but an utterly believable sense of urgency. This is a writer who knows how to build on experience. The characters grow and develop as the stories go forward - it's always a pleasure when a writer can make that happen.

    I was impressed enough to preorder the third book in the series, scheduled in 2015. I don't often do that, but I simply find this series immensely appealing. Why risk missing the next one?

    Now for the deducted star. Did I mention I wish writers self-publishing in the Kindle marketplace would find an editor? Rylands clearly used care in putting together this book and the next; they are less typo-riddled than most such efforts, though the chapter labeled "EIGTHEEN" in the second book drew a smile. Hey, these things happen. No big deal, though an editor probably would have noticed.

    But no writers can catch their own personal writing "tics" and moderate them; it takes an editor to do that, using a second pair of eyes. For example, Rylands repeatedly and frequently misuses the word "smirk" to mean, not the dictionary sense of a smug, offensive smile, but any form of smile with a little extra spice. You have to guess whether she maybe means a crooked smile, or an ironic one, or a hovering laugh, or a nascent grin, or affectionate amusement, or... Nope. They're all just smirks. It's a writer's tic and all writers have them.

    There are logical errors that a good editor would catch, too. A car lurches forward, throwing its passengers forward rather than back into their seats. It's a common enough mistake by people who think a car always follows a forward lurch with sudden deceleration, which is true mostly in Driver's Ed. A decently skilled editor would have suggested ways around such a silly mistake.

    There are other such mistakes but these tales have such a light touch the errors didn't annoy me enough to put down the book. It wouldn't surprise me if Rylands smiles (not smirks) a lot. Still, professional writers need to know better than to publish without an editor. I hope Rylands finds one soon, because these tales are so enjoyable, I'd love to give the next one that fifth star.

    If you're in the mood for a story that will carry you right along without any pretense of Heavy Significance and no fixation on food or violent action simply to prove how tough the heroine is... - maybe you want a light read on a long plane flight, or you're simply tired of TV and want to voice some appealing characters yourself, in your head - this series may be just ticket. It was for me.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging 20. Juni 2014
    Von Melissa Bowersock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    Although mystery is not my first choice of genre, I tried this book on a free promo and found it pleasantly engaging. The characters are well-defined and the story has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. Because this is book one of a series, it did not have a completely satisfying end to it, instead leaving the relationship issues to be continued in the next book. For that reason, it felt a tiny bit unfinished to me, but was still enjoyable enough.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen simplistic but amusing 16. Oktober 2014
    Von Sadie Forsythe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    This was cute but a little on the slow side. While I never quite achieved boredom, it never grabbed me either. The murderer was obvious from the beginning, though thankfully not as obvious as the red herrings might have been. Unfortunately, even they were so obvious as to be too obvious and therefore easily dismissible.

    The characters were fun but not deeply developed and a little on the cliché side. The outline of a love-triangle felt unsupported and annoying (especially since I couldn't figure out why she even considered one of the men). There was no significant world-building. So, while it was entertaining it all felt very much like fluff.

    The writing itself was straightforward, though the occasional abrupt shift in POV was jarring. There did seem to be a need for some further editing. I caught a lot of small mistakes, little things like the 'witch trails' instead of witch trials. Perfectly readable, but also distracting.

    All in all, not a bad book but not great either. Kind of a witchy, cozy mystery. I'd read the second if I found it free, but I'm not rushing out to buy it.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun reading 16. Mai 2014
    Von DiF - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I absolutely love a light, fun to read book following a darker, heavier mystery, or the historical fiction of which I just cannot get enough. And this book fits that bill to a tee.
    Born with magical powers into a line that dates at least to the time of this country's infamous witch trials, Wendy believes that she has left that all behind, immersing herself within the realm of books, gratis her position as an historical librarian. But when murder falls upon the floors of her own library, she feels a compulsion to seek out the source behind that atrocity.
    In that pursuit, she reconnects with her uncle, who runs an investigation agency, one that focuses particularly upon crimes not fitting the rules of normal occurrences; crimes such as the murder of Benny that she is investigating -- a death by strangulation that has left no physical marks betraying that strangulation was cause of death, a death that, thereby, could only have been accomplished by magical means.
    Meet Wendy's quirky friends, her sympathetic man on the police force, the helper her uncle provides, and other magical characters as you learn solution of the mystery driving this delightful magical tale…

    Almost forgot: perfectly appropriate for all readers within the house, regardless of age.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen Murder Most Witchy 28. Januar 2015
    Von Consumer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
    I promised myself when I started downloading free books that I did not need to waste my time with any that really weren't well written or attention grabbing. There is nothing wrong with the writing of this book. But I was half way through it before I was sure it wasn't going anywhere. There really isn't much of a story, and the characters aren't appealing. And the main draw of a witch and magic is downplayed and not elaborated on at all. I don't think I will read any more of this series.
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