Black Magic Woman (Morris and Chastain Investigations #1) by Justin Gustainis*
There have been a lot of favourable reviews out on this book – Jim Butcher even blurbed the first cover! (I love Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.)
Justin Gustainis has created a really nice world and I’m going to shamelessly copy the blurb from his page and put it here:
Occult investigator Quincey Morris and his “consultant”, white witch Libby Chastain, are hired to free a family from a deadly curse that appears to date back to the Salem witch trials. Fraught with danger, the trail finds them stalking the mysterious occult underworlds of Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York, searching out the root of the curse. After surviving a series of terrifying attempts on their lives, the two find themselves drawn inexorably towards Salem itself—the very heart of darkness.
What was interesting about this book was that there’s a lot of focus on secondary characters, which gives the reader a really good sense of what’s going on in the other parts of the story. I was actually surprised by how evenly divided the novel was in terms of perspective, although Quincey does get a lot of attention as the protagonist. I also really liked how the author pulled together the various storylines at the end.
I’ve ordered the second book in the series, Evil Ways, and can’t wait for it to arrive!
*Originally billed as the Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigations, Gustainis changed it to Morris/Chastain in order to reflect Libby’s presence in the series.