How was it? Mainly by Moonlight had an intriguing premise, where Cosmo is found by cops next to the body of a rival antique’s dealer. Both magic users, Cosmo had to erase signs of the ritualistic murder to keep magic a secret. To make matter worse, he’s days away from marrying the new police commissioner John Galbraith, who has no idea he’s engaged to a witch, or that magic exists. However, in I Buried a Witch we essentially starts off with a newscast, as background noise, mentioning the murder of “a practicing Wicken,” whose murder have “Satanic elements.”
One beginning held my attention more than the other – I’m gonna let you guess which one. Since the previous book left me hazy on some of the details, my expectations were lowered. This was going to be the book that could confirm my suspicions about the seeds, which were unceremoniously plopped in book one, that were signs of the potential of the overall story arc. It paid off – well sort of – those plot details started to take shape, small revelations kept the ball rolling and peaked my interest.
The further I went, the more interested I got. What was touched upon or implied before took on meaning. John, for example, became a far more interesting character in I Buried a Witch, he’s still kind of bully and controlling to red flags levels – Run, Cosmo, Run! Speaking of Cosmo, he’s a bit of a air head, isn’t he? I understand that he tries not to draw conclusions without hard evidence, but he sometimes dismisses good hypothesis or has an unexpectedly cavalier attitude with important information.
I Buried a Witch is a step up from Mainly by Moonlight – a tad more exciting and captivating – but it’s still not quite there. If I get to Bell, Book, and Scandal (Bedknobs and Broomsticks #3) it will be because I’m already in for pound at this point.