A family curse, meddling aunts, a hot paranormal agent, and an unknown villain made this a fun read. Since I'm not quite sure what a cozy mystery is (I'm assuming it means no violence, lol) I'll have to agree with the cozy part. And the mystery part of course because Ms. Waller kept the villain so well hidden that the reveal was truly a surprise.
Lex is a love/hate character for me. I love him because he's the hero, he's good at his job--both of them--but I hate his persistence and insistence that Amira's sister is guilty on sight. Yes, the evidence is stacked against her so his conclusion makes sense. But there was this overwhelming feeling he didn't want to really investigate deeper because he didn't want to be in Burberry in the first place.
Thank God for sisters, right? Regardless of what was said, of the evidence presented, Amira refused to believe her sister was to blame. She understood Lex's stance but she wasn't about to let her sister go without a fight. Her determination is something to be admired, and Lex was smart enough to acknowledge that, even if he did so begrudgingly.
I've never read anything by Ms. Waller. This was an impulse buy for me, and, man, am I glad I took a chance. This opener for the series is engaging without dragging on and on and on. The violence is magical, the mystery buried beneath layers that are peeled back slowly. The evidence points in different directions at first then, as those layers are peeled away, narrows to the unexpected. And I do mean unexpected.
In the background, Ms. Waller builds the attraction and relationship between Lex and Amira. It brings Lex to a crossroads--duty or heart--and creates beautiful tension between them as they seek justice while cherishing their newfound feelings for one another and family. Ms. Waller does a terrific job balancing romance and mystery and suspense, then delivering equally terrific and satisfying ending. I enjoyed every word of this story and can't wait to read the next in this series.