Spells for the Dead
by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #5
Category: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace on July 28, 2020
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About this book
Nell Ingram faces a dark craft known as death magic in the newest pulse-pounding paranormal procedural in the New York Times bestselling Soulwood series.
Nell Ingram is a rookie PsyLed agent, using the powers she can channel from deep within the earth to solve paranormal crimes. Together with her team, she's taken on the darkest magic and the direst foes. But she'll need to tap into every ounce of power she has for her newest case.
Nell is called to the Tennessee mansion of a country music star and finds a disturbing scene--dead bodies rapidly decaying before everyone's eyes. The witch on her team, T. Laine, knows this can only be one thing: death magic, a rare type of craft used to steal life forces. PsyLed needs to find this lethal killer fast. But when a paranormal-hating FBI agent tries to derail the investigation, they find themselves under attack from all sides.
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“We’ve attempted to notify the child’s father, but he and his second wife are on a documentary photoshoot somewhere in the Australian outback. Doyle’s sister showed social services notarized papers giving her custody in the event of problems. Social services and the FBI refused to even look at them.”
“Sheriff Jackett,” T. Laine said, without looking away from the witches. “You know anything about that?”
“I don’t, Special Agent Kent. The FBI shares office space with the Cookeville PD. The chief agreed this scene was outside his jurisdiction, and he left around noon,” Jackett drawled, his voice a familiar-sounding Tennessee cadence. “I’ll find out what’s happ’nin’, but I got to say, what the witch is describing is all by the book. It ain’t uncommon to hold a person of interest and, according to established protocol, to make sure any children are safe for the duration. Social services will hold a custodial ruling as soon as possible and see that the child is returned to the rightful family member, but short term, the safe place is with a foster home.”
“I don’t think so,” the leader said. “Foster homes are notoriously dangerous, especially to children of witches.”
“It’s protocol, ma’am,” the sheriff said, his tone composed and unemotional.
“Really?” T. Laine said. “Protocol can be interpreted. This sounds like extreme measures to me. Measures that might suggest Catriona is dangerous just for being a witch, measures that would pit the magic workers we need at this scene, against us in law enforcement, at a particularly bad time. We are not looking at a death working or curse. You aren’t even certain that this isn’t an accident of some sort. Catriona isn’t a death witch, so she isn’t a suspect.”
“Maybe, maybe not,” Jackett said, equably. “I ain’t here to argue. But in the interest of interspecies harmony, I can make a call.”
“We aren’t different spe—” she started.
Occam stepped up to the sheriff, all man-to-man, a hand on the older man’s shoulder. The change in the sheriff’s demeanor was immediate: his shoulders relaxed and his face lost the hardness he’d worn when watching all the womenfolk.
I’d seen just that reaction among churchmen. Fear of women created a need to control them, especially among weak men who didn’t know their place in the world and feared anything that might take their little bit of power from them. T. Laine’s eyes went narrow and hard at the obvious body language. Occam’s tactics would not have worked for a woman. Had Lainie stepped up all backslapping bonhomie, a man like Jackett would have been put off. Of course, had Jackett been a woman, Lainie might have had the best results. Sexism was a peculiar thing.
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About Faith Hunter
Faith Hunter is the award-winning New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock, Soulwood, Rogue Mage, and Junkyard Cats series. In addition, she has edited several anthologies and co-authored the Rogue Mage RPG. She is the coauthor and author of 16 thrillers under pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. Altogether she has 40+ books and dozens of short stories in print and is juggling multiple projects.
She sold her first book in 1989 and hasn’t stopped writing since.
Faith collects orchids and animal skulls, loves thunderstorms, and writes. She likes to cook soup, bake bread, garden, and kayak Class II & III whitewater rivers. She edits the occasional anthology and drinks a lot of tea. Some days she’s a lady. Some days she ain’t.