Author: Gail Z. Martin
Publisher: Prospective Press
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Shelves: Female-authored, Female-fronted
In honor of Gail Z. Martin stopping by today to talk Witches, Wise Women and Way More as part of her Hawthorn blog tour, I wanted to review Heap of Trouble, her Deadly Curiosities story from the Witches, Warriors and Wise Women collection.
When you open a story with orbs so bright and populous that they’re become a dangerous nuisance, ghosts so solid that they’re mistaken for real people, so many cold spots you fear it could snow, and such a palatable sense of dread that even the ghost tour operators are afraid to bring tourists into the neighborhood, and you’ve absolutely got my attention. Toss in a mysterious, dilapidated mansion so obviously haunted that even the gang at Trifles & Folly are taken aback, and you just know you’re in for a fun time.
For those new to the her Deadly Curiosities universe, think Friday the 13th: The Series, with some touches of Monroe and Rosalee from Grimm. Cassidy and the gang at at Trifles & Folly hunt down haunted, cursed artifacts and remove, cleanse, or destroy them to keep us safe. The atmosphere here is fantastic, the characters immediately likable (even if you’re new to the universe), and the setting absolutely perfect. It’s a story full of tension and chills, with some moments of genuine horror and a climax worthy of a full-length novel. Potential end-of-the-world stuff going on here.
Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀