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Black Magick Vol. 1: Awakening | by Greg Rucka

Black Magick, Volume 1: Awakening, Part One

Black Magick Vol. 1: Awakening by Greg Rucka; illustrated by Nicola Scott
(Image Comics, 2016, 128 pages)

Black Magick Vol. 1: Awakening is the first five issues of a crime series mixed with the occult. Rowan Black is a detective, but she’s also a witch. The latest crimes in Portsmouth seem to be linked to her and her identity, but she can’t reveal this to her colleagues. With the help of a fellow witch, she tries to unravel the clues to find who is responsible for the murders and who know so much about her.

This is a great story which I read in one night (not like me). I have been reading the Lazarus series, also by Greg Rucka, which I love, so I had high hopes for this one. It did not disappoint. The coloring is also interesting. Most of it is black and white (or sepia and white) with touches of color on some pages. I don’t usually prefer black and white comics, but with the excellent shading and pops of color, I didn’t even notice until halfway through the book. Good story + cool art = high recommendation from me. I look forward to the next five issues!

Audiobook · Mystery · Page-Turner · Theresa F

Career of Evil | by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
(Mulholland Books, 2015, 489 pages)

Career of Evil is the third book for Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) and it was just as good as the first two. Part of the Coromon Strike series, it follows the detective’s investigation into a severed leg that is delivered to his assistant Robin. It also explores the complicated relationship between Robin and Strike and ends on a cliffhanger. Part of the appeal of this series to me is the reader of the audio version, Robert Glenister, who was perfect as usual!

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.” –