Review: Muddy Waters (Otherwhere #1) by Sara O. Thompson
Twenty years ago, the boundary between worlds dropped. It will be a while before the political, social, and religious upheaval settles down but the good news is: now you can book a vacation to Valhalla as easily as you can go to Las Vegas. Your real estate agent might be a Wood Sprite. Your mechanic might be a Minotaur. For better or for worse, Supernormals are part of Earth life.
Five years ago, Tessa Reddick was convicted of killing her entire family: 37 Witches from one of the most powerful covens in history. She's been locked up at Lakeland Psychiatric hospital, still grieving but mad as hell at whoever-or whatever-put her there.
Half an hour ago, a handsome FBI agent showed up to spring Tessa from the joint - but there's a price. A series of murders is picking off Supernormals and the feds need the help of the last known Reddick Witch.
Determined to learn who set her up for the fall, help solve the FBI crimes, and maybe get closer to her mysterious (and seriously hot) Dark Elf partner, Tessa is more than willing to play Witchy Nancy Drew.
But Tessa has few friends left and something is coming for her, too - maybe it's the one who framed her and killed her coven, or perhaps a new foe with a taste for Witch's blood.
Solving crimes, doing magic, drinking bourbon. It's dirty work, but somebody has to do it.
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Another-World, Angels, Faeries, Mystery, Royal-Court, Scary, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Witches--
The world is a little different since the Rift, an event where the human realm and the otherworld realms joined, and magic runs freely, but so do the things that go bump in the night...
Tessa has spent the last five years locked away in a mental asylum for the murder of her family, a crime she claims she never committed. When a man comes to visit her and offers her a chance to go back to her regular life but with the stipulation she has to use her magical gifts to work with the supernatural branch of the FBI, Tessa is hesitant of this surprising bit of luck. Add in the fact someone wants her dead, like ASAP, and she has no choice to accept his offer. Since she hasn't practiced magic in years, and she has never investigated anything, she is in way over her head.
I am always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series to read, so I was really excited to stumble across this book. I really enjoyed the world the author created, blending the supernatural into the mainstream world and throwing some random bits of history in that can now be explained with an otherworldly flair. This was a great start to what I hope will be a many book series because I enjoyed this adventure and I really want to see what will come next in the mess that is Tessa's life. I mean really, even when the girl tries to keep her nose out of other people's business, they show up in the middle of her store (in another realm, but whatever). And her cat...yeah...let's just call it a cat, was one of the many really cool random detail I enjoyed that added depth to the story.
The beginnings of each chapter had snippets form real history, fake history, appropriate movie quotes, and newspaper articles pertaining to Tessa's life. I loved reading the random page long whatever the author threw in, giving the book a well rounded and legitimized (you know, for a fictional story) claim to the supernatural. The book was a nice blend of mystery, police procedural (that I have missed in my supernatural, reminiscent of the early days on the Anita Blake book series), complicated twisty supernatural creatures and worlds, as well as the fact the story line and the mystery kept me on my toes and I had no idea what was going to happen next or who was guilty. This was my first book by this author and I will definitely pick up more.
I received this title in return for my honest review.