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Hexed Detective: An Urban Fantasy

By: Matthew Stott,David Bussell
Narrated by: Millie Jones
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Summary

Detective Rita Hobbes’ life has been mysteriously erased, and her day isn’t about to get any better.

All Rita wants is to abandon dreary Blackpool and start over somewhere new. But when she triggers a magical hex that renders her invisible and traps her in her hometown, escape seems impossible.

Rita soon finds that Blackpool has some hidden secrets: magical artifacts fashioned in heaven, a fallen angel buried beneath the sea in a glass prison, and living nightmares in fine suits and animal masks that can turn your mind to soup.

Thrust into a world she doesn’t understand, Rita finds herself trying to solve a case that by any sane measure is unsolvable.

Worse still, the only person she can turn to for help is a self-confessed liar, cheat, and - according to him - the future king of Great Britain.

Listen to Hexed Detective and discover a magical, pause-resisting urban fantasy you cannot put down. Like Neil Gaiman? Then you’ll love Hexed Detective.

©2019 David Bussell and Matthew Stott (P)2019 David Bussell and Matthew Stott

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Another great Uncanny Kingdom book!

All of the Uncanny Kingdom books are brilliant. They draw you right in with the mysterious story and snarky characters and banter. Love every second of them all!
Well narrated although would have preferred a little better character and accent differentiation.
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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An Excellent story

An excellent enjoyable story with some really good ideas. A great sarcastic heroine in Rita the Detective with attitude, a great anti-hero in Carlisle the supernatural criminal, a magic axe and some really great scary enemies, Some of the dialogue is a little cliched but overall I really enjoyed this. I liked the narration the accent worked for the story and the voices were good.

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Amazing

Amazing audio book I loved every minute wish it was longer can’t wait for more series

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Dark and mysterious with a touch of the weird.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What begins as a normal day for Blackpool Police Detective Rita Hobbes quickly descends into a race to stop a group of supernatural nightmare-bringers intent on dragging her down a rabbit-hole of horror into the darkside of the city where an ancient being awaits release from its millenia-old prison.

This was a bit of a change of pace for me as there is definitely something of Neil Gaiman in this tale due to the Neverwhere-style undertown and, almost eldritch-slant that affects everything there. Now I've never liked Gaiman's style and so the 'creepy vibe' that saturates this book was somewhat lost on me but it was saved by a likeable protagonist and the interesting (note I didn't say likeable) characters she interacts with.

The narration by Millie Jones was, for the most part, exceptional but I did feel that many of the male characters sounded the same and unfortunately Rita's primary foes both sounded more whiny than creepy or dangerous and I do wonder if a dual-narration would work better, with a male voice for the villains? Aside from that I thoroughly enjoyed her work here and this small niggle was not due in any part to her lack of narrational ability.

Now the way I gauge my enjoyment of a book often comes down to whether I want to see where the story goes, and I do find that I would like to hear where the Rita ends up next as she is a complex character and the reality that the authors have created is, while not scary to me, very interesting.

Chock full of extremely colourful characters, many of which I want to learn more about (how did she lose her leg!?) means there is a wealth of story potential, and many a dark corner yet to be delved, and so I am definitely looking forward to my next trip to Blackpool.

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Urban Fantasy + Horror

This is the second audiobook I listen by this author and it did not disappoint me. It's a mixture of horror, action and urban fantasy. The opening chapters were so creepy, I was listening while in bed preparing to sleep and got freaky scared, that almost never happen to me with audiobooks.

Rita is a wonderful character, full of life, snarky and she is smart, something I appreciate in a character. Nothing worse than a TSTL female protagonist. Carlisle is the best character IMO, hands now. He is a bad guy, but not really, unapologetic it's the right word. And he is so classy, he reminds me of a elegant cat.

The story never got boring, the pace is spot on and the revelation at the end was a surprise. Can't wait to listen the next installment!

Millie Jones did such a good job with the narration. Her voice is smooth and deep, she knows how to give life to the characters emotions. I was able to distinguish between one character and the other too.

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Great world

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I’m so glad I found these authors, the world they’ve created is interesting and entertaining.
Detective Rita Hobbs can’t wait to leave dreary Blackpool but this new case of missing women, black magic and a celestial artefact are about to turn Rita’s world inside out.
I liked Rita’s character and as for Carlisle, he’s interesting to say the least and I’m still not sure if he’s a good guy or not, he’s definitely a bad guy and I thought that these two may have forged a working relationship but maybe not! I’ve gotta check out the next book to see how Rita gets on in her new world.

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Realy enjoyed

I realy enjoyed this book. The story was great and original and easy to follow. The narrator was excellent in telling the story.

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  • CK
  • 17-01-22

The beginning to yet another amazing series!

This one was a bit more serious than the others I have read; still, it was action packed, fast-paced and full of twists. Absolutely worth the listen.

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  • trufriends
  • 11-05-21

enjoyed

so I have listened to several books in this world and this one does not disappointed. I look forward to seeing what happens next to these characters.

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  • Gail
  • 07-12-20
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This book took a while to get into.i hope the next book is better. I all so found it hard to follow in some parts.

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 14-07-20

Good Paranormal Story!

Not one of my normal books I listen to but I very happy that I received this book. I was ask if I would like to listen to this audiobook and I love to find a New Author to listen to. I wasn’t asked to review but I always try my damnest to review every book I listen to!
I always tell myself not to judge the book from the first chapter.

When I started the book I thought this is starting out weird but continue to listen. It took me a few characters to get use to the narrator’s. I like when a narrator can do different voices for each character. But if they can’t I definitely enjoy listening to multiple narrator’s.
The story is well written and narrated. Is a little different/ unique storyline but well developed. I found myself getting sucked into the story.
The narrator’s do a great job with the characters, voices and emotions of the characters making it easier to distinguish between the characters.
I recommend this audiobook!

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  • txdoc
  • 02-07-20
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Magically delicious!

No, I’m not talking about a breakfast cereal. I am talking about this amazing story from the Uncanny Kingdom. All the Uncanny Kingdom stories I have read and listened to have been absorbing, entertaining, and positively addictive – I am pleased to say that this one is no exception. Detective Rita Hobbs is crushing it as the snarky born-to-be-a-detective young woman who has her eyes opened to a whole new world when a couple of young ladies go missing from her town of Blackpool. Don’t miss this imaginative, fun, sometimes funny, and often truly creepy tale from the twisted yet brilliant minds of Matthew Stott and David Bussell. If you prefer the audiobook version, I can honestly say that the narrator of this story, Millie Jones, did a fabulous job of bringing the story and all the characters to life. Her voice, cadence, and inflections were, in my opinion, perfect for Rita and for all the other characters, as well. Stellar job all the way around. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next story.

I was provided with an audiobook copy of this story by the authors and I am voluntarily offering my honest and unbiased review.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 27-05-19

Was difficult to get through first part of book

The first part of the book almost lost me, I nearly put it down and look for another book. Then it finally started going much better and keep my interest. This is I think the 1st book in this World I have read and since I did purchase "The Spectral Detective " collection book 1-3 I will be listening to that next.