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Summary

When the Night Foxes boldly break into the Fourth Precinct’s Evidence Building, it causes quite the stir. The break-in is daring enough, but their method shreds the magical wards and protections on the building like confetti paper. To say the police are ‘alarmed’ by this is the understatement of the century.

As a Magical Examiner, Henri Davenforth is, of course, immediately called in. Quite to his astonishment, Captain Gregson has him work the case like a detective. Even more astounding, he assigns Henri a partner - The Shinigami Detective.

The woman is famous for killing the most destructive rogue witch of the century, and no one is quite certain where she’s from. Every officer in the precinct is either in awe of her, or a little frightened by her. Henri is just baffled. What is he supposed to do with a partner?

Hopefully, killing one witch makes Jamie Edwards enough of an expert on magic to be helpful, as the thieves aren’t content to just break into one building. They, in fact, seem to have an agenda - as with each theft, they take magical objects. It’s all mounting to a dangerously powerful, magical construct, capable of toppling the wards on any building.

And no one has any idea what the thieves true target is.

©2018 Alisha Yockey (P)2022 Alisha Yockey

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I loved the gentle tone and superb performance

The story is good and original but not spectacular. That is actually just right because this is very much a book lead by its characters, setting and quality of writing.

It is very hard not to fall in love with the characters. Indeed, it is pointless trying. Surrender to their charm and embrace them. They are richly painted, wonderfully individual and superbly voiced by the cast.

Ah, the cast. I was surprised to find that it was only two voice artists. I had felt sure that there were more from the variety. They bring every word off the page and the characters to a vibrant life.

The setting is a steampunk/magic mashup that could have gone horribly wrong but instead works well. We only get a glimpse of how magic works but I look forward to learning more as I read the rest of the series.

This book is fresh and original and stands out for that. Well written, well performed, well worth the read. I am delighted that taking a change on an author that I didn't know and a book with hardly any reviews brought me this near perfect experience.

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  • Ijw
  • 31-01-22

cozy

The premise is original. It is a mix of wizard of oz, Harry Potter, and Beverly Hills Cop.

It's only due to the humor that I could read to the end. Otherwise the Mary Sue-ness is thick in this one. It's one thing for her to teach them to do resuscitation on drowning victims but we're supposed to believe that in a seafaring nation no one learned to swim? Maybe the author will improve with practice but right now I find this book immature.

The male voice actor is good but the woman was picked for her singing voice, not for her ability to do a range of voices.

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  • Diana
  • 31-07-22

Female narrator's young voice is distracting

The story line has the main female character as a woman detective - not as a teenager. So the "teenager voice" is a terrible fit. And when this same narrator does the old landlady's voice, it's like I'm sitting in a children's library circle listening to some parent doing an amateur Old Person's wavering voice. At this point, I removed the Ipod headphones, and now am returning this audio book. The annoyance and distraction from the female narrator is taking away from the story and I can't continue. It's important to find a good fit when seeking a narrator. This was not a good fit - the character was described as a woman detective - so the narrator needed to have a mature woman's voice. The male narrator is fine for this story. I will try reading this book via Kindle.

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  • 13-07-22

Like the story, but they hired the wrong narrator

Like the story; read the kindle version first & wanted the audible. The issue is the main character is expressly described as having a husky alto voice. The audible version has a male and female narrator. The male narrator has a british accent, tenor voice that works well for Henry. But the female narrator has a grating saprano that throws everything off from what is expected. For a perky character, such as a young woman in an amateur murder mystery series, she would be fine, but she does not fit the persona the books build for Jamie Edwards. Other than the mis-matched narrator, the book is a good read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-07-22

Wonderful

I loved this mystery series. The narrators were great and made the book come to life. They both put a lot effort into it and I did not have a complaint or a suggestion that could have made it any better. The author wrote a great plot and wonderful characters. This will be a series a listen to many times. I hope the rest of the audiobooks in the series come quickly so I can get them.

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  • C Lindrum
  • 21-06-22

fun times in a magical world

light and fun adventure in a nice steampunk magical world. I like the author's handling of the alternate world, but that would be a spoiler to share.

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  • Button
  • 30-04-22

A great addition to the kindle version.

I've read the book a few times but this made the whole exerience come alive.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-04-22

Excellent narrators! Fun book.

Good story with a little mystery. Nice set up for a detective series. The character interactions are well done. The 2 narrators really brought the story to life for me. They did an excellent job with their characters.

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  • mary
  • 18-02-22

excellent

I love most of Honor Raconteur's books. This one is excellent. I like the character developement. I'm looking forward to future books in this series. The two readrers are great together.

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  • Robert Berg
  • 03-02-22

Great Steampunk series!

Witty and well written series. Likable and amusing characters. Enjoyed the narrators who voiced the characters. Looking forward to the rest of the books on Audible.

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  • Tami from kansas
  • 01-02-22

excellent adventure

loved it!! the characters are amazing and the story grabs you from the start. I can't wait to get more books in the series. I'm hooked.