Angelica Kane is a psychic whose gift is starting to seem more like a curse. Having recently helped the police to locate a missing child, Angelica's dreams, premonitions and visions have since become far more vivid. Assault, murder and ritualistic rites haunt her dreams as an unknown assailant casts his deadly spells. Angelica's home life is also in some disarray. Her husband has already cheated on her and may, or may not, be having another affair; her teenage daughter has designs on a thoroughly unsuitable older man; and the shop that she part owns with some fellow witches is constantly being picketed by the local religious community. Just for good measure, Angelica may be falling for the attractive police officer assigned to investigate a flurry of local murders.
`Every Witch Way But Dead' is arguably a little on the raunchy side to be strictly labelled a cozy mystery. However, fans of paranormal mysteries should enjoy this very entertaining novel. For the most part, the story is related in the first person by the main protagonist, Angelica Kane, but the author also skillfully weaves some third person narrative describing the actions of the evil-doer into the proceedings. Visions and dreams can be tricky blighters to add into a storyline. Often, I find that they detract from the main thrust of a story. Here, though, they are described in punchy, vivid prose and contain some of the novel's best writing.
My main criticism is that Angelica's circle of friends is a little too wide. In my opinion, their characters are not fleshed out enough and they were not particularly memorable. Having said that, this is only the first book in the series, so, hopefully, we'll learn more about Heena, Ivy, Marisa and the rest of the gifted friends in later instalments. However, this is a relatively minor quibble. There's plenty in this novel to whet the appetite for the next book in the series.