Witch Wolf by Winter PenningtonWitch Wolf by Winter Pennington is the first book in the Kassandra Lyall series. It’s about a witch turned werewolf who investigates preternatural cases.

Kassandra is an ex cop who had to leave the force when she became a werewolf as a precaution to her fellow cops finding out about her.

She is contacted to help local cops solve a mysterious murder that looks a lot like a werewolf killing. To add to her complications she is also hired by a gorgeous woman to help find her missing brother. The woman is a beta in a were pack and cannot understand why Kassandra is a loner.

As she investigates both cases Kassandra is immersed in the preternatural underbelly of the city and finds herself coming face-to-face with a vampire that is a little more intriguing than she probably should be.

This is a fun murder mystery wrapped in a blanket of supernatural beings with a sprinkling of romance.

The Characters

Kassandra tells the story so everything is from her point of view. As such we only really get to know the other characters based on their actions and what impression Kassandra has of them. Because Kassandra doesn’t trust easily it meant that I couldn’t always get a good grasp on the other characters. But it also meant that we had a great idea of Kassandra as a character and she is definitely someone I would read about again.

The Writing Style

This was a solid read. I enjoyed the action, the characters were fun and there were enough interesting twists to keep me entertained.

The Narration

Paige McKinney did a great job of narrating it. The characters were clear and she managed to get a nice sensuality into the vampire character.

The Pros

This was a solid audiobook. A good addition to any supernatural lover’s audiobook library and a good beginning to the series.

The Cons

None for me. There is some violence and gore so if that bothers you then this is a heads up. It’s wasn’t a huge part of the story though, mostly just when describing crime scenes.

The Conclusion

I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a new audiobook series about investigators who happen to be werewolves. I enjoyed the unique touches that Pennington gave to the characters and to the world and I hope to see more from this author going forward.

Excerpt from Witch Wolf by Winter Pennington

The doctor shone a pen light in my eyes. “Do you feel faint?”

“I don’t know,” I said, gritting my teeth.

“We must do this quickly, or she’s going to go into shock. I’m surprised she has not already.”

I heard Rupert snort softly. “The only reason she hasn’t is because she’s too damn stubborn.”

“Hand me a knife,” the doctor said.

“What?” I asked.

“I must cut the jacket off. If you move more than is necessary you’re going to lose more blood.”

A moment later and my body jerked with the force of the fabric being cut. I refused to make another sound and dug my teeth into my bottom lip again. The doctor pushed the soaked material out of the way, exposing my back.

“I have to clean the wounds first. This is going to sting, but until I cleanse them, I cannot see what is going on.”

I nodded.

The stuff he poured down my back stung and I couldn’t stifle the small scream that followed. It burned like fire eating its way inside my skin.

The doctor made a sound. It wasn’t a sound you wanted to hear from a doctor. There was fear in that sound, fear and shock. I looked at him. “What is it?”

“What did this to you?”

“Do you really want to know?” I asked.

Rupert stepped away from the table to look at my back. “I’d like to know,” he said, “because if I’m seeing what the doctor is seeing, it looks like the wounds are trying to close up already.”

“I have seen this only once before,” the doctor said, and the look he gave me was full of a haunted knowledge. “What did this to you?” he asked again.

I looked at Rupert. He already knew, or had guessed. How could he not?

“It’ll stay in this room, Kassandra. You said private.”

“Lycanthrope,” I said.

“That is what I thought,” the doctor said. “Since the wounds are trying to close already you won’t need stitches. I will clean them as best as I can, but the rest is up to your body.”

My heart gave a panicked leap. “What do you mean up to my body?” I asked.

“You either live through the change or you die during it. However, since you are already beginning to heal—it looks like your body has decided the path it wishes to take.”

“What the hell are you talking about?” My voice was soft and not quite real.

He ignored me and turned to Rupert. “It’s only going to get worse from here.”

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Kassandra Lyall Preternatural Investigator Series

Witch Wolf

Raven Mask

Blood Claws

Bits and Bobs

  • ISBN number: 9781602821774
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Audiobook Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc
  • Narrator: Paige McKinney
  • Winter Pennington Online

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