Title: Graveyard Sparrow
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Bashe (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 22, 2015 – 110 pgs
Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London’s upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can’t stand making small talk with strangers, but she’s unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.
On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London’s most vulnerable.
Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.
Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?
Previously published through Kindle Unlimited.
I thought the way the clues were presented was great. I was able to piece together who the killer was fairly easily, but I didn’t get the impression the author was trying to string us along to draw out the mystery. There was still a lot of suspense after the reveal.
Both Katriona and Anthea are likable characters. There were things I could relate to in both of them, even though I don’t have their magical abilities. Their relationship was a tender part of the story, but it was by no means the main focus. I really enjoyed their interactions.
I’m glad I picked this up, and I would definitely read more of the author’s work.