Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…
Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than taking statements and filing reports. But when she’s called in on the case of a murdered art restorer, she finds herself suddenly in possession of a mystical portrait that both the human and paranormal communities would kill to get their hands on.
Unable to take on the forces hunting her alone, Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies: a reluctant shape-changer and a half-dragon art forger. But as the three of them hurry to uncover the truth about the powerful painting, Donata realizes that she’s caught in the middle of not one but two wars—one for possession of the painting’s secrets and one for possession of her heart…
I enjoyed this fast paced quirky story of Donata the witch who finds herself in the middle of a mystery. I liked how the author pulled in the inquisition, giving it a twist that is quite fun and perfect fuel for more books. At times the story became a little convoluted but she managed to reign it in without losing momentum. My complaint would be that it was listed as a romance but it’s more of an ensemble piece with a little tension and a couple kisses. That being said, I had fun reading it.
*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
Deborah is the author of eight non-fiction books on modern witchcraft from Llewellyn and the Baba Yaga series from Berkley Romance, including Wickedly Magical (novella), Wickedly Dangerous, and Wickedly Wonderful.
Deborah lives in a 120 year old farmhouse in upstate NY with four cats, and runs an artists’ cooperative shop when she’s not writing. She believes in magic, laughter, chocolate, and wine. The order may change depending on the day.