My Bookshelf: Witch Hunt


Title: Witch Hunt

Series: Preternatural Affairs #1

Author: SM Reine

Genre: Paranormal Suspense

Amazon Summary:

A brutal murder.
There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke’s arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun — he was too drunk to remember it — but he knows for a fact that he didn’t kill her. He’s an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn’t hurt people. He saves them.

The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

The search for a shaman.
Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead…for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA’s most wanted list.

One risky solution.
Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn’t kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to the victim.

She’s just one witch. Cèsar has bagged a dozen witches before.

How hard can one more be?”

My Summary:
This guy is a supernatural cop who is really buff. He’s framed for murder, he finds this chick, they go to Helltown, then they find out what happened.


  • It kept my interest, I guess. I mean, I finished it. I wanted to know what happened.
  • I liked the witchy part of it, but it did get a little silly with the strength pellets and whatnot.


  • I read it pretty recently, but it’s already fading. It just wasn’t anything special.
  • There was a constant oh, I can’t trust this person. Or this person. Or this person. But in the end, everyone was trustworthy, and literally the entire book would have been solved in a single chapter if the guy accused of murder would have just talked to his boss.
  • I didn’t care about the main character at all. He was pretty blah.

Would I recommend this book?:
No. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. It was just bleh. I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5, if I was inclined to ratings. The end left me very unsatisfied.

Amazon Link:

I Feel A Sin Comin’ On


Got off my shift at the diner when I heard the news
A new girl in town with baby blue eyes and honey blond hair
Our town was so small, had only churches and bars
One new face didn’t matter, so long as she didn’t make any noise
So I waved it away and stuck to the road that’d take me home
The street lamps were on but the sun’s heat stuck my shirt to my skin
It was like swimmin’ in the air, dodging traffic in slow motion

I walked up to my house, weather-beaten and aged
On the porch the light of a cigarette glowed red
The smoke curled towards the sky and I snatched it from the boy’s hands
“Why you smokin’ your daddy’s cigarettes?”
“You ain’t my momma, you can’t tell me what to do!”
I smacked the boy real hard, ain’t no child gonna talk to me like that
“Daddy gone with some friends, said he’ll be back late.”
Scum of the earth took the car when he knew it was my night
I marched in and called around, found he was seen hollerin’ drunk out his car
Picked up a little lady, they said, the new one with long legs
Said she was stayin’ over at the trailer park with her sister
I locked the boy inside, told him I’d whoop him if he left

I marched to the other side of town, cut through the cemetery and cursed at the dead
My momma always said a good lady don’t divorce her man, no matter what
And my better half was the only thing keeping our old shack from the bank’s hands
I been a waitress since I was fifteen, ain’t got nowhere else to go

That bitch’s trailer was the first on the lot, our car out front
Her sis was drinkin on the porch and waved me on up
Old friends, we was
One word and I knew it wasn’t the booze that slurred her words
Her eyes were red and her shirt was still open
No doubt she’d met Ol’ Johnny at the back of the park
Man been around so long even the pigs bought from him
But it was the hard stuff that’d hit her, so I sent her to a neighbor’s
Ain’t no extras need to know my business

Only two knocks and the door flew open, the bitch’s hair all undone
“Who the hell are you?”
“That’s my husband you’re sleeping with,” I said
I stepped in and pushed past her
Ain’t no little daisy gonna stand up to me
“Pants off already?” I asked
I grabbed his jeans and pulled out a ring
An old phone sat on the tiny counter by the door, and I threw it at his head
“Thought I wouldn’t find out?”
“Get out of here you crazy bitch!”
He clutched his face like a little baby,
His papa would’ve beat him for it if I hadn’t walked over him on the way there
“What the fuck is your problem?” that little whore asked
And out that daisy pushed me till I fell on my ass in the dust
The keys to the car were in the back pocket, so I took the dirty jeans and the car

“Can I go to a friend’s house?” the boy asked when I got back
“Daddy would let me go”
“Your daddy is a piece of shit”
I learned to shoot before I could walk and so I grabbed the shotgun from the cabinet
“You goin’ huntin’ or something? Gonna shoot a werewolf?”
“You shut your mouth. You stay here and keep quiet.”

Heat lightening flashed as I sped across town
I had enough shit to last a lifetime
The trailer’s lights were off when I got back
That bag of puss always acted like it was a race
The door was locked, but I kicked it in and went straight to the bedroom
How cute they were, all cuddled up like they was in love
That bitch looked at me like I had no right to be there
Like she wasn’t the one layin’ in bed with a married man

BANG went the gun, peppering them both
BANG it went again, finishing the job
I reloaded for the sport and shot to keep the dead from risin’
I wasn’t even mad when the trailer filled with flashing lights
In they burst and put the cuffs on me
Told ’em I’d done just like my momma said

Title from this song.