Opal Fire combines cosy mysteries with contemporary fantasy, and the result is actually pretty good. (I must admit, I was a bit nervous that it wouldn’t be.) The book follows Stacy Justice, a news reporter who has returned to the small town where she grew up, and witch who has turned her back on her magic. When her non-witchy cousin’s bar is set on fire, Stacy resolves to investigate, but in order to figure out who set the fire—and committed a far more grisly crime in the past, she needs to take up magic again.
Although I felt like I knew who did it before Stacy did, I didn’t feel like I was completely hit over the head with it, and the book was a fun, short read that moved at a quick pace. I found Stacy to be a likable character: independent, smart, and sarcastic. I particularly appreciated her conflicted feelings about Leo, the town’s police chief and her boyfriend, and men in general. It would have been nice to see her make a decision about him, though. I also would have liked to know more about Derek, Stacy’s new colleague. His story felt incomplete to me, but perhaps that was done on purpose.
Overall, I consider Opal Fire to be rather tasty book candy, and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Book Source: I received an Advance Reading Copy from the publisher via a Goodreads Giveaway.