Mother of All by Heather Marie Adkins showed up as a recommended book was I was browsing through Amazon to find something similar to Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews; so I picked up a copy. The description of the main character – a hedge-witch – seemed interesting, and I am always looking for something new in the urban/contemporary fantasy genre.
Mother of All by Heather Marie Adkins (Hedgewitch Mystery #1)
Published by Author on September 23, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Page Length: 262 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Life is good for modern-day witch, Mena McGinty. After an abusive past, she sought refuge in a small Maine town and established her dream life. Her small off-the-grid cottage is thriving under an herb and craft business, and she’s content with her happily-ever-after.
Idyllic Waterford is shattered by the first murder in years—a pregnant woman, whose battered body is sans her unborn child. This act of violence kicks off a string of similar murders, and all signs point to Mena’s best friend as the next victim.
Mena will do anything it takes to protect the woman who saved her from her awful past, even if it means butting heads with the sexy Chief of Police or putting herself in danger to search for the killer. The only problem is, she suspects it may be the mysterious Irish stranger sleeping on her couch.
A man who arrives in town only days before the first murder.
- The concept of a protagonist who is a hedge-witch and herbalist was refreshing to read. The author let us into Mena’s gentle, nature-focused religious practices of prayers, visualizations, and affirmations as well as her care for her garden and a variety of animals. Plus, I was very impressed by the way she handled the practical details of a principled low-impact lifestyle lived mostly off-the-grid as well as the magical realism of Mena’s practices.
- The relationships between Mena and her friends are touchingly realistic and inviting. This is a network of strong women – each with her own characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses – that support one another through thick and thin.
- I’ve been reading too many books lately in which the strong female lead tells herself (and hence,the reader) that she doesn’t really need a man in her life just before Mr. Perfect shows up. It was particularly jarring in this volume since Mena had recently escaped from an abusive marriage. To have her open up and trust a complete stranger, inviting him to stay in her house, seemed extremely unrealistic.
- The main plot of the story — solving the mystery of a serial killer — was very weak, resolved rather abruptly, and occurred without significant contribution from the main character. It seemed almost an afterthought as if we needed something to provide a backdrop to the exploration of Mena’s life and relationships.
As a book about a tight-knit group of strong female friends, this is a very good and refreshing read. But the plot is weak, and the arrival of the perfect man (I kid you not) to serve as a not-very-effective red herring knocks it down to being an average self-published offering in the contemporary fiction genre.
You don’t have to take my word for it though, here’s an excerpt!
Mother Of All by Heather Marie Adkins
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