Original Title: Guild of Immortal Women
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Book Publisher’s Network (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)
Number of Pages: 199
First Sentence: “In the woods of Montpelier, Vermont, a loud crack cut through the early morning silence, a flash lit up the dell, and a foot appeared out of the early morning mist.“
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Two bodies are discovered on the grounds of “The Bastille,” home to a coven of witches who belong to the Guild of Immortal Women. The bodies have strange characteristics, so what follows is a combination merry and sinister romp through ancient history. Medieval times are brought to life through a massive Tapestry adorning the mansion’s walls where the characters — animals and humans — emerge through tears in the fabric.
It is up to Detective Matt Mathers and social worker Lynn Swanson to solve the murder-mystery while dealing with the strange world of magic, Guardian Abbey’s amnesia from her past lives, and the devilish mission of Robert and the Doctor to create an immortal heir through the laboratory.
This was a quaint little book. Yeah, quaint. It was a pleasant read, but the only thing I can really say about the book in full is that it was nice. Nothing more, nothing less. Just nice. It was like reading an episode of Poirot.
There is a bunch of characters that we get to tag along with, all with very different personalities, and all nice to read about. There was definitely a sense of mystery and drama, splashed in a healthy dose of magic, wich made the plot nice and fairly interesting. But the suspense was never nail-biting and the book wasn’t one of those that you are so into that you cannot put it down. Interesting, but not life-changing.
Do I recommend it?
I actually do. I know that the review above might indicate otherwise, but this is one of those books that will be perfect for the beach in the summer.