Hexman Dominic Kopecky doesn’t understand why dashing crow familiar Rook wants his help investigating murder by patent hex. For one thing, Dominic isn’t a witch. For another, the case is already closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.
When Dominic Kopecky, of 'The Thirteenth Hex' by Jordan L. Hawk, was young, he took the required tests to learn if he had magic but he failed the tests. His parents were elated since they didn't want him to have magical abilities. Dominic was disappointed, but not defeated. He takes a job as a hexman, working with the police, drawing hexes for witches employed in the force. When a handsome familiar named Rook appears at his desk, asking for help with a case, Dominic is baffled but anxious for an opportunity to be of service. However, it seems Rook is interested in far more than Dominic helping him with a crime.
There is a lot going on in this short murder mystery. Jordan chooses her words wisely for the best effect as she maneuvers through Rook and Dominic's business and personal interests, all the while dropping clues that Rook may have another motive in asking for Dominic's help. I'm familiar with most things magical; but someone who isn’t might be a confused. However, Jordan does an excellent job of explaining terms like hex, familiar, and bonded familiar and witch. If you like stories with magic, hexes, witches, familiars, and a murder mystery to boot, you may enjoy this tale. Thanks, Jordan! Keep the magic coming.