Digital Reads Reviews

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This was another random pick on surfing the literary retail websites. The cover and blurb pulled me in. Cool points to the author.

The story started off fine with author Sarah Painter bringing Lydia Crow back to London, a place once ruled by 4 magical families of which The Crows were most powerful.

The head of her family wanted Lydia to find her missing cousin. Therein started my niggles, being the first book, what should have hit me hard was a damp squib, telling me the same information repeatedly. Move on, girl. I already had an idea of who or what Lydia was. Meandering in the first half of a debut was never a good idea. Sighhh…

But then in the last section, the book got faster and interesting. It kept to a fast pace with Lydia coming into her own. Ultimately, the author decided to make her comfortable in her own skin.

And luckily, that made me pick up the next book to decide if I would continue or give up on the author. Hopefully the review or news of DNF would trickle in tomorrow on this blog. Wait in for it… Or just meander about… Others’ reviews would be slightly more exciting. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

A hopeful beginning… The series began, and I was hopeful I would like book 2


Rating: 3 out of 5.


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Lydia has always known she has no power, especially next to her infamous and more-than-slightly dodgy family. Which is why she carved her own life as a private investigator far away from London.

When a professional snafu forces her home, the head of the family calls in a favour, and Lydia finds herself investigating the disappearance of her cousin, Maddie.

Soon, Lydia is neck-deep in problems: her new flatmate is a homicidal ghost, the intriguing, but forbidden, DCI Fleet is acting in a distinctly unprofessional manner, and tensions between the old magical families are rising.

The Crows used to rule the roost and rumours claim they are still the strongest.
The Silvers have a facility for lying and they run the finest law firm in London.
The Pearl family were costermongers and everybody knows that a Pearlie can sell feathers to a bird.
The Fox family… Well. The less said about the Fox family the better.

For seventy-five years, a truce between the four families has held strong, but could the disappearance of Maddie Crow be the thing to break it?


Publication Date: 2018

I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail store, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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