Goth Witch Of Philly – Lincoln S. Farish (Kendall Review)

One of the benefits of running a blog like KendallReviews is discovering new authors. One such discovery is Lincoln S. Farish, author of the successful Inquisitor series of books. An ongoing series of books that’s been described as a darker Dresden Files. I have the first book of the series Junior Inquisitor on my ‘to read’ pile and with a blurb that certainly has my caught my interest it won’t be long before I’m going to dive in.

Brother Sebastian is halfway up a mountain in Vermont, hell-bent on interrogating an old woman in a shack, when he gets the order to abandon his quest for personal vengeance. He has to find a missing Inquisitor, or, more likely, his remains. He’s reluctant, to say the least. Not only will he have to stop chasing the best potential lead he’s had in years, this job—his first solo mission—will mean setting foot in the grubby black hole of Providence, Rhode Island. And, somehow, it only gets worse…
If he’d known he would end up ass deep in witches, werewolves, and ogres, and that this mission would jeopardize not only his sanity but also his immortal soul, he never would’ve answered the damn phone.

Until that moment, I was delighted to find there’s a stand a lone short story set in the Inquisitors world. For me this seems a perfect way to sample the series and Farish’s writing style. And with a title like Goth Witch Of Philly how could I resist?

Asked to investigate a spate of disappearances, Brother Maurice somewhat reluctantly heads to Philadelphia to investigate reports of Witchcraft.

I really enjoyed this, the writing was pacey with plenty of humour. Action scenes were believable as were the strategies employed by Brother Maurice to try to solve the case. Based on what I’ve read its not an entirely original premise, but it was great fun. It’s a story that features heavily armed Monks that fight the supernatural! How can that not be? In it’s 10 action packed pages there was enough here for me to move Junior Inquisitor up the ‘to read’ pile. The Goth Witch Of Philly  has done her job.

Star Rating (out of 5): 3***

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