The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch. The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier-on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again. Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should never say never.
©2013 Jaye Wells (P)2014 Recorded Books
"Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine-imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous." (New York Times best seller Kevin Hearne)
This book should have been filed as a pseudo fantasy procedural. There was nothing in plot devices that couldn't have just been renamed. Covens = syndicates, Potions = drugs, Magic = chemistry. The writing was good and easy to follow and the plot had possibilities that were not explored.
This book could have been more enjoyable if the characters had been presented in a more realistic light. The main character was authentic but so psychologically broken that she could have never passed any psych evaluation to be a policewoman. Every trauma made her essentially become a whining wreck in a corner.
Morgans performance was relaxed and nuanced in such a way that even when the portrait she was painting was unbelievable it was pleasant to listen.
This book was a great study of someone who has never gotten over teenage crushed and hangups and moved on into the grownup world where reality of the moment trumps self pity and angst.
My real problem with the story was the fact that I wanted to yell at the protagonist to get her head out of her butt and move along. The fact was her character was well written enough that I actually could believe her existence and issues. That she would have been in these situations was totally unbelievable but even those situations were well written for style and voice.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Dirty Magic was a great mix of Urban Fantasy and Mystery! In other words, I dug it.
Story Thoughts: Fact: I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers. I get excited about good old fashioned detective work. So when I heard that Jaye was doing an UF meets Mystery book, I got excited. She did not disappoint! The mystery was solid, well thought out, and most of the case solving came from tracking down the clues through working the scene/beat/players! I am always a little worried that "paranormal" elements will be used too much to solve a case in a paranormal/mystery mix but there was a great balance here. There were all the UF elements people love so much: world building, action, and snappy dialogue. Overall this was just a good mix of both worlds and I am excited to see where the series goes from here.
Character Thoughts: Kate is an interesting leading lady. She is strong, independent, stubborn, loyal, and at times a little unlikable. She is a good cop, a good sister, and a good friend. She is also quick at learning on the job. I think the longer she is with the team (Magical Enforcement Agency) the more she will fit in with them. Here is where I think the characters shined: I really liked the MEA task force! They were a great group of characters and hopefully as the series progresses we learn more about them.
Narrated By Morgan Hallett / Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
This was my first Morgan Hallett book and I thought she did an excellent job. The pacing and tone of the story was well matched to her voice! The character voices were well done (male and female)with just enough uniqueness to tell who was talking at all times. There were one or two voices that took a bit to get used too but other than that I think the narration was spot on. I will be continuing this series in audio.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed Dirty Magic and can't wait for Kate's next adventure!
Note: Yes I am ignoring the setup for a love triangle. The romance won't be the main reason that I am reading this series.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
Magic, hot men and an awesome kick a$# heroine! What's not to love? Jaye Wells set us up for a great new series. This book had an intricate plot with good world building. I am not too sure who is going to be the hero to the heroine. I think it is going to be interesting to see who is going to take the starring role. So no overt romance in the first book, it’s like the anticipation before you get on the roller coaster. In this first book we get a glimpse of past interest highlighted with one man (past lover) and possible future interest with the other (new partner). There is a full cast of secondary characters that are being fleshed out. I am looking forward to the second book. It will definitely be on my wish list :)
Worth my credit :)
The concept of the story is pretty good, and the characters are fairly interesting if a little trope. Unfortunately, the dialog reads like it was written by a bored, Midwestern housewife who learned to write "tough street talk" while watching old episodes of "Dragnet." In one scene, the hardboiled special agent actually says "Come on team, weve got crimes to solve" I mean COME ON! Who talks like that?
Probably not, her juvenile writing style makes it almost impossible to enjoy her fairly good plot.
She did really well considering what she had to work with
I might, if the person who wrote the screenplay changes enough of the dialog around it might make a decent movie.
I only read this book because I'm such a big fan a Kevin Hearne and it showed up as a book he was currently reading. Im hoping that was just some marketing ploy by Audible to move "Dirty Magic" I have a hard time believing the guy who wrote the Iron Druid series actually liked this book.
It was well written, and a good character set up with magic and fantasy as a solid background. It was not sappy like a tween novel, but it also was free of detailed descriptions of every gorgeous woman. Not a dude or chick novel.
I am very excited about this book. As the first in a series, I feel that it kicked things off with a great start. The world and magic system are interesting. There may be a bit too much angst in the characters, but I am willing to overlook this, since I know the author needed to jump start the vibe for where they are in their lives.
The main character, Kate Prospero, is a tough cookie. She grew up on the shady side of the street, but she's trying to craft a better, cleaner life for herself and her brother as a police officer. Meanwhile, she is trying not to crack under the pressure of staying clean from magic, money woes, work stress, and raising a difficult teenage brother.
There were no real shocks to the mystery side of the story, but the intrigue was solidly built. The author did a good job of laying out the clues and not creating drama when none was warranted. The only thing that rings a little false is Kate's mistrust in Volos. After all, she loved him, but left him. Why the animosity? It also feels like things are being set up for a possible love triangle with Drew. Ewww. WHY do authors always seem to go there?
Regardless, I was left with enough answers to feel like a read a complete book, yet there were good threads left open for exploration. I look forward to the next book.
A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.
I would indeed listen to Dirty Magic again. It was a fun story. It had an interesting protagonist in the form of Kate Prospero. It was well written and very well performed.
I enjoyed the characters the most. They were all interesting, but believable people within the provided setting.
Morgan Hallett helped make Kate seem even more alive.
There wasn't a particular moment, but the relationship between Kate and her younger brother was very touching.
I enjoyed this book. The narrator was right on and did not have streach to make the characters come alive. I found the story intersting and would try the next book in the series
My local book store, Murder by the book recommended this book to me and I have to say It was excellent. I was hooked from the very beginning and it kept me hooked through the whole book. It was one of those books you start listening to and don't want to stop. There were a few twists that I did not see coming and that made it all the better. An excellent book. The only problem is now I have to wait for the 2nd one to come out. Glad I found this author.
Yes because it is full of excitement. The story of Katie and her brother actually was a good. it is sad how they come to be on there own but I also like how she is being honest about her feelings. I like to also she were her relationship with Drew goes he seems like someone who is full of secrets of his own but at the same times already knows she is also hiding her own. Let's just say wow sexy bad guy John really seems to be hiding more and I look forward to the next book to see what he is going to do next under the false pretense of a good guy.
Morgan did a wonderful job this was my first time to listen to her but she did a great job bring it to life.
When she almost lost Danny and also when she had to be honest with him about her Mom. There were several.
Great Story if you like magic stories and I really do look forward to the next one. I have enjoyed all Jaye Wells Book and I think this new series is going to be great and look forward to seeing how it goes.
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