For Maia Whitney, life after the Great War is dull, monotonous, and drab. Nursing soldiers in the bloody fields of France hadn’t been easy, but it was better than life at home, standing in her sisters’ shadows. There seems no chance for a change until the night she witnesses a murder in the woods.
The last thing Magic Intelligence Agent Lennox Davies needs is this outspoken, independent lady crashing his investigation. Bad enough that a murder happened on his watch; much less that she had to see it happen. He works alone, and he does not have time for Miss Maia Whitney’s interference.
But as Maia’s own magical talent blossoms and danger thickens around the two with every step they take, before long Len and Maia must rely on each other in a fashion neither has ever done before. If they can’t learn to work together, England itself might topple. Even worse, if Maia doesn’t learn to control her magic soon, she might do more to destroy them even than their shadowy enemy.
Can they set aside their stubbornness and self-reliance in time to save themselves—and all England?
About the Author
E.L. Bates writes fantasy and science fiction. Her main series, Whitney & Davies, takes place in an alternate England during the 1920s, one where magic exists and murder lurks around every corner. She is an American expat living in England while her husband works on his PhD, and is thoroughly enjoying the chance to visit all the places she had only ever been in her imagination before.
Title: Magic Most Deadly Author: E. L. Bates Publisher: StarDance Press Published: 9-23-2013 ISBN-10: 0989955109 ISBN-13: 978-0989955102 E-Book ASIN:B00FE34H6G Pages: 252 Genre: Mystery Tags: Thriller, Suspense, Magic, British Detective, Overall Rating: 4 Very Good It is just after the Great War and America is still recovering financially and emotionally from it's toil. Maia Whitney attends the party given by her friend Julia Foy with plans to leave early. She needs to get home early to prepare the house for the arrival of Aunt Amelia Rawlings, her mother's sister. Julia introduces her to Lennox "Len" Davis who is a gentleman friend of her husband Daniel and staying at their home. After a few barbs are exchanged Maia decides to leave and Julia, when she finds out, asks Len to go and walk Maia home to keep her safe as she walks through the woods between their properties. When he is nearly caught up with the little spitfire,she convinces him to hide in the brush just before a clandestine meeting takes place and a man is killed. Using an incantation Maia doesn't see, Len keeps them hidden from detection. Afterwards Len takes Maia the rest of the way and talks her into staying quiet about what they saw until he can find out a way to keep them from being suspects or out of a scandal from his being with her unchaperoned so late in the night, in the woods. I found the first few chapters a bit slow, but then the book takes off and doesn't slow down. Set in a time when women where still thought of as to delicate to think for themselves and were suppose to marry and have children and take care of the house you have a woman of strength and intelligence. Maia is not like most of the flighty demure women of her time and that is what makes her standout so much. Len is just as intriguing and memorable. This story is a combination of Cinderella, Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes type mysteries. Ms. Bates has depicted the times with such believability. The interaction of the classes, always with unseen line drawn between serving class and society's gentry. We have such liberties today is hard to immerse yourself in a time when women were not even allowed to vote. Less than a hundred years ago yet while reading this book it feels as if you are there yourself. Such wonder to explore with Maia as she learns from her grandmother and follows the clues as she helps Len with his investigation. You can almost see the bonds of love growing as is the dangers they face. Magic, spies, romance and family ties join to make a wonderful story to entertain and delight the reader. I hope there are more books in the near future for Maia, Len and his man Beckett, and Maia's Aunt Amelia.