The Case of The Endangered Witch by H.B. Chapman

The Case of The Endangered Witch: An adventurous paranormal cozy mystery (Magic Investigations Society Archive Book 1) by H.B. Chapman

Publisher: Self-published

Publication date: December 18, 2021

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Publisher's description:

One Friday night in the city of Melbourne, aspiring concert pianist Ella Wentworth mesmerizes an audience of eight hundred people. Yet she's distraught; she missed a note, and her perfectionism consumes her. Moments later, her hair turns arctic white, and her world descends into Disneyesque hallucinations, where everyday objects appear to sparkle, levitate, and...flash mob.

Ella is referred to Dr. Kendra Hamilton, who specializes in treatment for "post-traumatic stress in cases of trauma-induced spontaneous hair depigmentation." But Dr. Kendra's tennis player grip and capacity to draw bolts of energy from the sky lead Ella to believe there's more to this psychiatrist's credentials than MD. What does this mental health professional mean by "you're a witch?"

Unfortunately, everyone but Ella is frothing about her rare magic skills, and soon she becomes the target of nefarious beings. And all this magical hoo-ha unfolds behind the backs of her husband and daughter. Max is Ella's sweetheart whom she would never (normally) lie to. But any day now, she'll confess she's a witch. Right? Right?

The Magic Investigations Society Archive is an adventurous, comical, paranormal cozy mystery series.

My review:

I received a free copy of the ebook from BookSirens. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

Ella has an incredible opportunity as a soloist with a major symphony in Australia, but one missed note spirals her self-recrimination out of control. As a musician, I loved the description of how music moved the main character. The author must be a musician to capture so clearly how hard musicians are on themselves for even the slightest mistake. Ella’s remorsefulness is so strong that she winds up awakening a long-buried gene that, well, brings with it some magical consequences.

This book had some really incredible world-building. While it’s definitely a cozy mystery, it does not follow the usual cozy formula and I am here for it! There are several mysteries here to keep you guessing. I liked that the main mystery wasn’t that someone was murdered (though, unfortunately, there is a murder in the story). For the first book in a series, the author did a wonderful job of developing interesting characters and their relationships, something you don’t often see so well formulated in the introductory story. I felt like the use of magic was surprising and added interesting elements to the story and not just in the usual trope-ish ways. The descriptions of how Ella could see magic were descriptively colorful and very entertaining.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely read the next in the series when it is released. The first book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger with Ella and her husband, Max. She’s making major waves in Celwia, the witches’ home realm, and building strong friendships with many of her new witchy friends. There is so much potential here for more books in the series. I can’t wait to read more!

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