The Witchkin Murders

The Witchkin Murders

by Diana Pharaoh Francis

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Four years ago, my world—the world—exploded with wild magic. The cherry on top of that crap cake? The supernatural world declared war on humans, and my life went straight to hell.

I used to be a detective, and a damned good one. Then Magicfall happened, and I changed along with the world. I'm witchkin now—something more than human or not quite human, depending on your perspective. To survive, I've become a scavenger, searching abandoned houses and stores for the everyday luxuries in short supply—tampons and peanut butter. Oh, how the mighty have fallen, but anything's better than risking my secret.

Except, old habits die hard. When I discover a murder scene screaming with signs of black magic ritual, I know my days of hiding are over. Any chance I had of escaping my past with my secret intact is gone. Solving the witchkin murders is going to be the hardest case of my life, and not just because every second will torture me with reminders of how much I miss my old life and my partner, who hates my guts for abandoning the department.

But it's time to suck it up, because if I screw this up, Portland will be wiped out, and I'm not going to let that happen. Hold on to your butts, Portland. Justice is coming, and I don't take prisoners.

About the Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of a dozen novels of fantasy and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT's Best Urban Fantasy. The Witchkin Murders is the first book in her exciting new urban fantasy series—Magicfall.

Visit her at, and find her on Facebook.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161240618
Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc.
Publication date: 06/07/2019
Series: Magicfall , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 418
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of a dozen novels of fantasy and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT’s Best Urban Fantasy. The Witchkin Murders is the first book in her exciting new urban fantasy series—Magicfall.

Visit her at, and find her on Facebook.

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The Witchkin Murders 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Evampire9 5 days ago
The world exploded with wild magic and the supernatural world declared war on humans and Kayla life went straight to hell. She used to be a detective and now she’s witchkin and a scavenger trying to hide her secret. But any chance she had of escaping her past and keeping her secret disappears when she discovers a murder scene that screams whit signs of black magic ritual. She has to work with her old partner who hates her for abandoning the department and if she screws this up, Portland will be wiped out. This new urban fantasy screams suspense and magic and while most of the story doesn’t have a lot of romance per say, it does hint at the possibility of a romantic feelings between Kayla and old partner Ray. The chemistry burns hot and heavy throughout the story as they clash, sending sparks flying in every direction. The relationship is chock full of emotional upheaval due to secrets that stem from what happened when magic fell. These two strong, bold characters along with strong supportive characters easily draw readers into their story as they struggle to come to terms with working together again and with how they really feel. Readers can’t stop reading very fast paced and suspenseful story that is full of stunning twists that change everything in this post-apocalyptic world full of wild magic and monsters where the divide between humans and supernaturals is boiling over the top. Unique elements and a wonderfully descriptive futuristic setting makes it easy for readers to imagine so they really can’t help but this energetic and stunning read.
BobbieLCLA 5 days ago
I received a free copy of THE WITCHKIN MURDERS (Magicfall: Book 1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis in exchange for an honest review. Magicfall brought the return of magic to the world and a war between the magical witchkin and the humans. The war is now over, and the magical and nonmagical people reside uneasily together in this strange new post-apocalyptic world. Prejudice is rampant, and police assistance is only available to the nonmagical. Kayla was a police detective before Magicfall; afterward, she had to quit because she was affected by magic and would no longer be considered human. For four years, Kayla avoided law enforcement and trouble by keeping mostly to herself and by scavenging for now-scarce commodities in areas now consumed by wild magic. However, trouble and police involvement crash down on Kayla when she stumbles over a black magic sacrifice and can’t keep herself from calling Ray, her former partner. As Kayla and Ray work together to solve one mystery, they learn Portland will soon be destroyed if they can’t stop the perpetrator. Since the world’s at risk, can Kayla and Ray put the past behind them, share their secrets, and work together again? This was a pretty good story. I’d classify this as an urban fantasy romance. Though there isn’t any actual sex in the book, there are a lot of fantasies and some explicit discussion of body parts affected by lust. Though my personal preference would be that the fantasies and such just be acknowledged and not detailed, that is my own taste. I would recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy law enforcement investigations, to fans of romance with a supernatural theme, and to fans of Diana Pharaoh Francis. #TheWitchkinMurders #NetGalley
Anonymous 7 days ago
Three and a half stars. Four years ago Kayla's world imploded when wild magic exploded and the supernatural world (or Witchkin) declared war on the humans. Now there is an uneasy truce with humans and the technomages on one side and all Witchkin on the other. Kayla was a successful detective until the war, when wild magic hit she transformed into a terrible monster whenever she got wet. Unable to continue working for Portland PD she now scavenges for scarce resources like tampons and peanut butter in areas ravaged by wild magic. Returning from one such scavenge she comes across three murdered Witchkin and despite all her fears, calls her old partner Ray to let him know. Ray and Kayla had a very bad falling out when she abruptly quit the force without any explanation and emotions have run hot and fierce ever since, strangely when they meet up again for the first time in four years Ray feels more lust and frustration than anything else. They go their separate ways until a high profile kidnapping of two of the most prominent (and wealthy) members of Portland society bring Ray and Kayla back into contact again. First, the things I liked. The world-building was great, I liked the magic mixed with technomages and shifters and mythology (even though it did seem reminiscent of the glorious world of Kate Daniels). There were strong tensions between humans and Witchkin and I liked some of the uses of magic. I also liked the hitherto less-explored mythologies and the creature which Kayla shifts into - kudos for choosing something out of the ordinary. Turning to what I didn't like. First Ray only seemed to have one expression, or variants thereof, "his d*&k went hard", it actually started to seem like an almost forced reaction - like he had been infected with magical Viagra rather than a normal reaction to a woman he is in love with. Second, Kayla can't for the life of her understand why Ray gets so worked up when she puts herself in danger - she is in such denial about their feelings for each other that it becomes exasperating - for goodness sake you're supposed to be a detective woman, get a clue! Third there were a couple of very clunky political messages/statements which jarred on me. Overall, this was a promising start with an interesting world-building and plot, let down slightly by the romance side (as urban fantasy often is). Not in the same league as Ilona Andrews, although so few are, but an enjoyable read nevertheless and I look forward to reading more in the series. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Sailon 9 days ago
The Witchkin Murders was all over the place for me. I really did love it at times but then it kind of dragged on and on. Kayla was a police detective when the magicfall happened. She quit her job and disappeared from her partner's life. But now she needs him when she discovers murders in the park. Ray is angry with Kayla for leaving without a trace but he was pretty mean to her when she said she needed to go. He still has no idea what caused Kayla to quit the force but he sure isn't going to let her get away this time without an explanation. Mystery, murder and mayhem grab Kayla and Ray in its grip and don't let go for the entire ride. Overall this was a great read and I would of given it a 4 and here comes the but... but I can't overlook an extremely long and convoluted ending and a few plot directions that led to nothing making it 3.5. I received this ARC copy of The Witchkin Murders from BelleBooks, Inc - Bell Bridge Books.
PenKay 10 days ago
I’ve been a fan of this author for a few years. I haven’t read everything she’s written as not everything appeals to me. When I saw this new series, I jumped at the chance to read it as it is just what I love. I was not disappointed. Great writing, intriguing characters, and an interesting plot make up this series starter. I love the way thing progressed in the story, and I am really looking forward to seeing more with the formation of something that happened at the end. And, speaking of the end, it threw me a little with a lot of romance (I don’t want to spoil the ending so I can’t say much) when I felt the book was more about the murders and the world. That’s not a bad thing, just a little confusing as the rest of the book didn’t focus so much on it. I do want to learn more about Kayla’s family and what happens now with everything that happens. I am really looking forward to more. Check it out if you like urban fantasy. Highly recommend, and I received a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.