West Salem by Cherie De Sues
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, paranormal
Length: Full Length (200 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois
When Detective Daniel Ryker arrives in West Salem to investigate a homicide, Priestess Sorcha Terrabella claims a witch-hunter is killing pagans in the village. Daniel must set aside his disbelief in magick to find the murderer and his dream lover.
After an emergency call, Detective Daniel Ryker arrives in West Salem to investigate a brutal homicide. Priestess Sorcha Terrabella claims a witch-hunter is killing pagans as fear rules Samhain in the village. Daniel is spellbound when he realizes Sorcha's the woman who's been starring in his recent erotic dreams.
Daniel stays cool when he faces ghosts and faeries to save a missing young witch but Sorcha must convince Daniel that the evil lurking is part of a larger plan. A plan that could destroy many.
If you’re looking for a story with a blend of just about everything…romance, mystery, paranormal elements, you’ll love this story.
I enjoyed it from start to finish and especially liked the pairing of the police detective and witch. Ms. De Sues did a wonderful job drawing me into the story. The opening scenes are described in such a way I really felt like I was in the scene experiencing this area of the California coast, and the community of witches.
Daniel, her partner in helping her solve the vicious murder, is likeable and very realistic. Even though he’s a mortal and she’s not, you get a feeling that this will be a good match, both on and off the job.
Despite this being a full length novel, the pacing was fast. I found myself reading more and more at each sitting to find out what would happen next. The secondary characters are well drawn too and everyone’s dialogue is natural sounding. I thought the mystery and romance was well balanced. I must admit I’m partial to a good suspense story. This was the first time I’d read one that was a solid mystery with a paranormal twist. Something I’m now hooked on and would like to see more of.
If you’re looking for something fun to curl up with during these last few weeks of winter, check out West Salem.