Price launches a new urban fantasy series with a heroine with an unusual relationship with Death: he likes her. Protagonist Alex leads an intriguing cast of characters that inhabits a reality where the supernatural have revealed themselves. The uneasy relationship between humans and the paranormal gives this story an edgy, intense quality. It’s a promising kick-off to a series with potential!

Grave Witch Alex Craft is trying to make a living raising “shades” of the deceased. When she is called in to consult on a few murder cases, Alex gets more than she bargained for. First the shade of a murdered woman attacks her, which shouldn’t be possible. Then while studying the body of murdered Governor Theodore Coleman, Alex discovers some unusual spells have been cast. The somewhat mysterious Det. Falin Andrews is not happy at Alex’s interference. Alex learns from a helpful ghost named Roy Pearson that the body of Coleman is really Roy’s. As Alex investigates, the murders all point toward the advent of a major spellcasting. (ROC, Oct., 336 pp., $6.99)
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Jill M. Smith