Title: Halfway Dead
Author: Terry Maggert
Carlie McEwan loves many things. She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY—a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is twenty-five pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her Grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest—and only—real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it. When a blonde stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me. Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.
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Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.
I LOVED this book!! I may be a little bias, but, I love that this book wasn’t filled with a whole bunch of romance. Now, don’t get me wrong. I really like to get into a little sticky and steamy and can hang with the best of them. However, I do like to sit down and read a paranormal book without the romance also.
Terry being one of my favorite authors, was honest that “He can’t write what he doesn’t feel.” And as you travel with him through this book, you can truly feel he gave it with his heart and soul. The story is wild, gripping, edge of your seat adventure but at the same time is attentive, sweet, and tranquil. The characters can be your next door neighbors. The restaurant that Carlie works at can be the restaurant on the corner. The world is alive as you read.
Carlie is living day to day and then her world is turned upside down when Major Pickford comes calling. The story progresses pretty quickly from there. Carlie is lead on an adventure with the help of her Grandmother; a witch just like her. There is a lot of fantasy rolled up in this book that you can see happening as you read. Terry does an excellent job of character and world building.
Carlie meets some unlikely friends among the foe that I plan to keep an eye on. In particular, her guide through the magical forest Wulfric as I am immensely curious where the story goes with him.
A great read! I give 5 stars!
“Come for the Waffles; Stay for the Magic”