The Metaphysical Detective

The Metaphysical Detective

by Kirsten Weiss

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940013207028
Publisher: misterio press
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Series: Riga Hayworth Witch Mystery Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 144,990
File size: 466 KB

About the Author

Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.
Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking good wine.
Follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss or on her website at:

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The Metaphysical Detective 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Extremely entertaining!!!! Great characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love plot and magic in it. First story in while that I actually finished and got part 2 start. Thank you
NWHS More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I've read a book my Kirsten Weiss, but it won't be my last. This is a very well- written paranormal mystery novel. Weiss has created an interesting world steeped in Greek archetypal mythology, which she uses to weave an engaging plot. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions with each other. Yet there is so much more to them than presented in book one of the series. It should be fun finding out what Weiss has in story for Riga, Donovan, and Pen. There was one part, without giving spoilers away, where I thought the "how it happened" was a little too pedestrian for this type of book and all that the author presented. I'm interested enough in the characters to see where this series will go.
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I received an e-copy via the tour in exchange for an honest review When I read the blurb for THE METAPHYSICAL DETECTIVE I was immediately intrigued. Mmmm…metaphysical detective…I enjoy a bit of mystery in my paranormal and seeing as it was the first in an ongoing Urban Fantasy series, I said “heck yeah” let me try it out. I’m so glad I did! THE METAPHYSICAL DETECTIVE seemed take the classic ’40s noir detective story and turn it on it’s ear. Not only is it modernized with a female detective, the somewhat snarky Riga Hayworth (see even a nod to the legendary Rita Hayworth) but it also incorporates the paranormal with ghosts, magic, tarot, and archetypical Greek gods/goddesses interfering in the mortal realm…because really what else is there for a Greek god to do right? There aren’t any major info dumps in the story. We learn everything at the same time Riga does. This actually leaves you wondering what’s really going on not only with the plot but with the characters as well, especially since there is a bit of a divide in the storyline. THE METAPHYSICAL DETECTIVE starts off with Riga focusing on one mystery, only to be thrown into another that seems totally unrelated…until you reach that “A-HA” moment that is. Once you get there, it all makes sense and the two come together. I do think the transition between the two could have been a little smoother, but overall it works. I really enjoyed Riga. Like I said earlier, she reminded me of a ’40s detective, smart with just a touch of snark. I would have loved learning a bit more of her backstory early on and there is some as the story unfolds, but I do love character history so hopefully there will be more of Riga’s past in later books. As for Donovan (the male lead) I wasn’t really sure what to think about him at first. He was just kinda always showing up and there was just something…well…odd about him. Of course he had his own “a-ha” moment that explained the oddness and by the end of the book I definitely wanted to know more about him too. I’m glad I gave THE METAPHYSICAL DETECTIVE a try and am looking forward to seeing where Riga and Donovan’s adventures take them. If you’re looking for a new Urban Fantasy series to try, you should pick up the Riga Hayworth series…I will be!
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I have already read Book Four and then Book Five in this series and had no difficulty getting into them. The author reintroduces you to the characters and past invents with no slowing down the new story. I couldn’t wait to get to this first book so I could meet Riga as if for the first time. What a rush this was. Riga took on a client who claimed her dead husband was trying to kill her. Voila, the client ended up dead and powerful magic was afoot. The author lends Greek mythology and the power of Tarot to this mystery, keeping it interesting and driving the story forward. As much as I was curious about who killed who, how, and why, I was also curious about an odd incident Riga had. She goes to the usual pub for some wine and encounters a sexy, enigmatic man who claims they know each other very well. Riga blows him off as a nutcase as she has no friends. What tweaked my radar was a comment the bar owner, Takako, said. After Riga told her the handsome stranger was no friend of hers, Takako uttered, “But you two have been coming here together for years.” With Riga’s powers acting wiggy, I wondered what in the world was going on and had a fantastic time finding out. Meeting characters I already knew as if for the first time endeared them to me even more. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next two! I recommend this to everyone who likes a mystery in a mystery, lots of magical elements and strong writing with a mixed bag of characters, human and otherwise. I received this book for my honest review.