Sunday, December 4, 2016

Ghost Witching Review Tour

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Seeing ghosts should make solving
homicides easy, right? Not even close.

 When detectives Maggie York
and Josh Brandt catch a new murder investigation involving occult rituals,
ghosts, and venomous snakes, it seems like a case that could only happen in New
Orleans. Not only does the victim's ghost demand Maggie's attention, but three
apparitions begin appearing to her…sending the detectives on a search for more
bodies. They soon discover the ghostly trio has links to the Witching Hour
Society, an organization of self-declared witches with far more going on behind
the scenes. Meanwhile, a neighbor believes the victim killed his family with a
curse, and the media eagerly sensationalizes the entire story.

 Making things worse, Maggie
and Josh have hit a rough spot in their personal relationship. The tension
between them is already high when Josh's ex-fiancĂ©e arrives in town…and wants
him back.

Soon the violence is escalating, the
ghosts grow more aggressive, and the deeper Maggie and Josh dig, the stranger
things get. Welcome to murder New Orleans’ style.


Stopping abruptly on the front
door threshold, Maggie swept her gaze across the living room of the Garden
District Victorian home, taking in the body of the matronly female victim and
the carcass of the presumed killer sprawled on the polished floor. She drew in
a shallow breath and placed one hand on the door frame, letting the eerie feel
of the scene roll over her. It happened every time. She used to wonder
why—before she knew her family origins. Now she just accepted it.

Her partner, New Orleans
homicide detective Joshua Brandt and currently estranged lover, moved past her,
no doubt welcoming the coolness of the air-conditioning. Unhampered by the strange
sensations she experienced, he squatted next to the body.

Maggie closed the door, leaving
the humid August heat outside, and circled to the far side of the victim. She
noted, discarded, or filed away each detail, searching for the ones that would
eventually lead them to a human predator.

Interesting scene, to say the
least. Two sets of reddened punctures, one on the victim’s neck, the other on
the left cheek. But no blood, only a faint odor of death thanks to the
hard-working AC. Pleasant features—or would have been if the eyes weren’t wide
open and fixed in a vacant stare—a few extra pounds but not excessive, hints of
gray at the temples and roots of her short brunette hair. She’d been due for a
touchup. A modern grandmother in faded jeans and a white shirt hanging open
over a pale blue tank top.

“Valerie Preston, age
sixty-one,” said the older of the two patrol cops who’d found the body. He
checked his palm-sized notebook. “Lived alone. Widow of real estate
businessman, Clive Preston, who’s been dead five years or more. Neighbor last
saw her yesterday afternoon about five bringing home groceries.” He put his
notes in his shirt pocket. “Looks like the snake killed her.”

“Maybe.” Josh learned forward
to inspect the bite marks, and a shock of dark hair fell over his forehead.
Maggie’s attention drifted to his strong profile, the sculpted cheekbones, the
full black lashes. He hadn’t shaved this morning, and she imagined the dark
bristles scraping softly across her skin. Whoa, girl. Another example of why
they needed to step back from their relationship. They’d grown too close, too
intense, placing their on-the-job partnership at risk.

A week ago, Josh had played the
alpha male, stepping into a situation she could have handled, and it had nearly
gotten him killed. They’d argued for days, and yesterday—after living with him
the past four months—she’d moved back to her own apartment. Ostensibly to think
it over, reassess. But Maggie wasn’t sure what would happen to them next. In
spite of their casual, matter-of-fact conversation since he’d picked her up at
her apartment a half hour ago, raw tension simmered under the surface.

The tightening of Josh’s jaw
muscle, as it did when he held back strong emotion, sharpened her focus back to
the scene…where it belonged. He looked up at the two patrolmen. “Hard way to
die. Who shot the snake?”

My Review:
Ghost Witching is the 2nd book in this series. I couldn't wit to start reading it after finishing the 1st book Ghost Walking.  I am so glad I did not wait. This book was just as fantastic as book 1. The character grew even stronger in this book then the 1st. Even though they were already strong in book 1.  I love how Ally Shields let you watch the characters grow instead of just throwing changes at you. I loved how this book picked up where the 1st one left off instead of jumping ahead. 

I love paranormal books. Thy are my favorite genre especially when Ghosts are thrown in. I also loves magical powers. I enjoy a little romance now and again also.  This book had a bit more emphasis on the romance then book 1 but it did not take over the story.  I really liked all of the emotions Ally put into the book. While reading it I could actually feel the emotions coming off the words. 

Like the 1st book I was captured on the 1st chapter and could not put the book down. I cannot wait for a book 3. 


Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest along
the Mississippi River, still considers herself "a river rat," and
currently resides near Des Moines. After a career in law and juvenile justice,
she turned to full-time fiction writing in 2009. Her first urban fantasy,
Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) was published in 2012, and she currently
has twelve published novels. She loves to travel in the US and abroad and
incorporates many of those settings into her books. Ms. Shields welcomes reader
contact through her website and can frequently be found on Twitter.

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  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing my first two Maggie York books! Book three will be out in 2017.