[Book Review] A Murder of Mages

A Murder of Mages / Marshall Ryan Maresca (Powell's Books)

A gaslamp fantasy of Sherlockian flavor filled with magic and murder, A Murder of Mages starts off a new series following the investigations of Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling.  The story jumps right in, almost with the feeling of a sequel, with Satrine's intricate and well-established backstory bringing her to where she is now, complete with expertise, fears, and motivations.

The world itself is fantasy, but could just as easily be any of the re-imagined magical Londons that populates the literary world.

The constabulary is a man's world, with women mostly present in support roles.  But Satrine has the skills, and the chutzpah to claim the title of Inspector.  Minox Welling is also a bit of an oddity, not just for his focus on details to the point of obsession and conspiracy theory, but as an uncircled mage.  He has the power, but not the training nor the membership within the fellowship of a Mage House.

When someone starts murdering magicians and leaving their bodies for anyone to stumble across, Constables Rainey and Weilling may be both the best and the worst people for the job.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

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