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Sorceress and journalist Daphne Heartstone heads to Peony House, the city’s abandoned hospital, in search of a headline, but what she discovers is a dead body and a clue to a hundred-and-fifty-year-old cold case. Detective Hunter Avery, the man Daphne loved and lost, warns her away from the case, but the ghosts of Peony House have demanded her help, and her job is on the Sorceress and journalist Daphne Heartstone heads to Peony House, the city’s abandoned hospital, in search of a headline, but what she discovers is a dead body and a clue to a hundred-and-fifty-year-old cold case. Detective Hunter Avery, the man Daphne loved and lost, warns her away from the case, but the ghosts of Peony House have demanded her help, and her job is on the line if she doesn’t have a story on her editor’s desk for Saturday’s edition. Daphne has worked hard to escape her past of dark magic and blind ambition, but as she walks the balance between light and dark, she’ll learn how many promises she’s willing to break to protect the people she loves.


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Sorceress and journalist Daphne Heartstone heads to Peony House, the city’s abandoned hospital, in search of a headline, but what she discovers is a dead body and a clue to a hundred-and-fifty-year-old cold case. Detective Hunter Avery, the man Daphne loved and lost, warns her away from the case, but the ghosts of Peony House have demanded her help, and her job is on the Sorceress and journalist Daphne Heartstone heads to Peony House, the city’s abandoned hospital, in search of a headline, but what she discovers is a dead body and a clue to a hundred-and-fifty-year-old cold case. Detective Hunter Avery, the man Daphne loved and lost, warns her away from the case, but the ghosts of Peony House have demanded her help, and her job is on the line if she doesn’t have a story on her editor’s desk for Saturday’s edition. Daphne has worked hard to escape her past of dark magic and blind ambition, but as she walks the balance between light and dark, she’ll learn how many promises she’s willing to break to protect the people she loves.

30 review for Death at Peony House

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    A great series! Q: ... she carried herself with the confidence of a woman who knew she was on the right track. (c) Q: “There are worse places to rest than under the peonies.” (c) Q: From there, they could only move forward. (c) Q: “There’s no way in all the seven hells you’re going to believe me, but I’m what you might call a sorceress. Someone who can manipulate the elements and use the energies that run through the world to my advantage. It’s a bloodline thing.” (c) Q: “I’m a sorceress. The magic in my A great series! Q: ... she carried herself with the confidence of a woman who knew she was on the right track. (c) Q: “There are worse places to rest than under the peonies.” (c) Q: From there, they could only move forward. (c) Q: “There’s no way in all the seven hells you’re going to believe me, but I’m what you might call a sorceress. Someone who can manipulate the elements and use the energies that run through the world to my advantage. It’s a bloodline thing.” (c) Q: “I’m a sorceress. The magic in my bloodline on my mother’s side goes back to the dawn of civilization and probably before, and I stand as the latest and most powerful of my line. I can manipulate the elements and energies of everything around me. Before last year, I was neck-deep in some of the darkest arts you can imagine, and as a result, I was an asshole. I got you into trouble, I took stupid risks. All of those things you suspected me of doing — getting into your office, stealing evidence from locked cabinets — I did them with magic.” (c) Q: A busybody journalist who walks on the wild side paired with New Haven’s most notorious pickpocket. God help us all. (c) Q: She wrapped her arms around him and held him, not wanting to let go yet — afraid that if she did, he would come to his senses and run after all. (c) Q: “This movie better be something stupid and mindless.” … “I don’t think I could handle any more thinking tonight.” (c)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melliane

    Mon avis en Français My English review This is a novel that I was curious to discover. It must be said that the mixture of witch and ghosts always makes me really curious! Daphne has changed her life completely since she realized that being eager for power and stories for her newspaper was putting her and others at great risk. Trying to play nice and do things right, she goes to Peony House, a very old abandoned hospital in search of a scoop. Yet what she finds is the body of a young boy and many Mon avis en Français My English review This is a novel that I was curious to discover. It must be said that the mixture of witch and ghosts always makes me really curious! Daphne has changed her life completely since she realized that being eager for power and stories for her newspaper was putting her and others at great risk. Trying to play nice and do things right, she goes to Peony House, a very old abandoned hospital in search of a scoop. Yet what she finds is the body of a young boy and many other ghosts. Launched in an investigation that goes beyond her, to understand what may have happened in this place so many years ago, our heroine will discover secrets that will not be good for keeping her alive. With the help of her powers, but also with a friend of the dead man, she will discover the secrets of Peony House. It was a nice novel, even if I have to say that I had a little trouble at the beginning to make a story. The ideas are really very nice, but I had the impression that there were a few lengths. I might also have liked to learn more about the person she was before she changed. In any case, I had a good time with the story, discovering exactly what was behind it and I must admit that I did not expect such a revelation at the end of the story. I have discovered that the other novels are about other characters and I am quite curious to discover more, even if I am a little disappointed not to continue with Daphne.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Riayl

    Bonus points for not being written in first person, a personal peeve of mine with the urban fantasy genre.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ozsaur

    I started reading another book, but the first three pages were full of smirked, grinned, and chuckled. It's possible to write dialog using only the word said, but that writer apparently didn't know that. So I dropped that book and picked up this one. A lot can be said for good, competent writing. The story flowed smoothly, the characters were interesting and made me want to know more about them, the descriptions helped me visualize what was going on without losing me, and the mystery was well set I started reading another book, but the first three pages were full of smirked, grinned, and chuckled. It's possible to write dialog using only the word said, but that writer apparently didn't know that. So I dropped that book and picked up this one. A lot can be said for good, competent writing. The story flowed smoothly, the characters were interesting and made me want to know more about them, the descriptions helped me visualize what was going on without losing me, and the mystery was well set up, though not entirely surprising. And no cliffhanger ending! The book stands on its own. It looks like the next book (which I've already bought) has a different cast of characters, so I'm glad this book got tied up so well. Also, love the cover! It's different from the usual urban fantasy cover. And I have to say, I really liked one of the secondary characters, Emmett, and I hope to see him again later in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Traci Otte

    "Death at Peony House" is the first novel in the "Invisible Entente" (IE) series. There is a prequel novella, "The Invisible Entente," which sets up a number of characters, all with different supernatural abilities, including Daphne, the protagonist in this book. Daphne is a sorceress and a journalist who is investigating a death in an old house-turned-hospital that has sat empty for many years. Make that deaths, plural, because the ghosts of the derelict property hint that something sinister ha "Death at Peony House" is the first novel in the "Invisible Entente" (IE) series. There is a prequel novella, "The Invisible Entente," which sets up a number of characters, all with different supernatural abilities, including Daphne, the protagonist in this book. Daphne is a sorceress and a journalist who is investigating a death in an old house-turned-hospital that has sat empty for many years. Make that deaths, plural, because the ghosts of the derelict property hint that something sinister has been going on there for quite some time. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was wrong, so this book kept me on my toes. I hate when a story is formulaic, and this one is anything but. Not only was the action exciting, but the character development and relationships were engaging and deep. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Daphne, her mother, and her grandmother. They may be sorceresses, but her mother never stops worrying that Daphne is eating enough. It was a very mundane emotion that made the book even more charming. It's not all research and spells. The other thing I liked is that Daphne comes in flawed. She's not a perfect, goody-two-shoes sorceress who never made any mistakes. She made some big ones, hurt people close to her, and now she's fixing herself and those relationships. It was a level to the story that really wasn't necessary but made her more real to me. While this book is part of a series, you can read it on its own. You don't have to read the prequel novella to understand the characters and the plot of this book. However, you will have a deeper understanding of some of the background discussed if you do. And once you're done with "Death at Peony House," you'll appreciate the nuances in the next book, "Song of Wishrock Harbor," which features a different character from the prequel but with hints of events from this book. I am really looking forward to each new installment in the IE series and hope you'll be reading along with me!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Death at Peony House by Krista Walsh is the first book in her Invisible Entente series. It is written in third-person from sorceress, journalist Daphne Heartstone's point-of-view. This is an urban fantasy novel with elements of the paranormal and a bit of mystery added to the mix. There is a prequel novella, The Invisible Entente that comes before this first book; and while you don't have to read it to enjoy Death at Peony House I advise grabbing a copy in order to find out what happened to Daph Death at Peony House by Krista Walsh is the first book in her Invisible Entente series. It is written in third-person from sorceress, journalist Daphne Heartstone's point-of-view. This is an urban fantasy novel with elements of the paranormal and a bit of mystery added to the mix. There is a prequel novella, The Invisible Entente that comes before this first book; and while you don't have to read it to enjoy Death at Peony House I advise grabbing a copy in order to find out what happened to Daphne in the locked room that made her want to turn her life around. Trust me, you won't regret reading it. So, this is Daphne's book. Daphne is an intriguing character I was able to really get behind. She's trying to turn her life around, make amends for the hurtful things she did while abusing dark magic. She knows she messed up and is actively fixing her mistakes. What I love about this character is how honest she is with herself and others, she doesn't try to make excuses, instead, she freely admits what she did and is trying to be better. She is a strong female character and I loved reading about her. Daphne isn't the only interesting character, this book is filled with them. Even the minor characters are full of life. Daphne's mother and grandmother are perfect, I never questioned that they were a family, they just all seemed to fit. And I adored Emmett, he's such a little sh*t. I loved reading this one, and would gladly read another dozen of Daphne's adventures. If only they existed!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    First of all I received my copy as an ARC for my Honest review... Death at Peony House picks up about 6 months later after the Invisible Entente was over... Daphne Heartstone our wonderful Sorceress is a reporter for the local paper and a real good and thorough one at that... when she gets a call from her friend Denise (that is a Nurse that works at the hospital) about something going on at the Peony House across the street... something about seeing lights going on and off... Well as any reporter First of all I received my copy as an ARC for my Honest review... Death at Peony House picks up about 6 months later after the Invisible Entente was over... Daphne Heartstone our wonderful Sorceress is a reporter for the local paper and a real good and thorough one at that... when she gets a call from her friend Denise (that is a Nurse that works at the hospital) about something going on at the Peony House across the street... something about seeing lights going on and off... Well as any reporter Daphne gets curious and goes and checks it out... Well she does do just that and she finds something... but what? She calls and reports what she found to the proper authorities... the one Detective that comes out she has had a run in with before and there is history between them... he is Officer Hunter Avery.... and there is his partner Meg .... What was in the House that Daphne found? Why were the police called? and what kind of lights was Daphne's friend talking about? for the answers to these pondering questions you will need to read about what happened... While I was reading I kept on wondering what is going to happen next and will she figure it out in time? I really loved reading Death at Peony House... and I can't wait to read what is going to happen next in the next book....

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This was a fantastic start to this new urban fantasy series (full disclosure, I was a reader well before publication, but have also read it since in its final form). I love how Walsh is weaving together mystery and urban fantasy, and that she's choosing species to play with that aren't the most typical for the genre--no vampires or werewolves so far, and this one features a sorceress, not a witch. Full of action and a not-too-overwhelming hit of romance, strong writing, and a nice ongoing storyl This was a fantastic start to this new urban fantasy series (full disclosure, I was a reader well before publication, but have also read it since in its final form). I love how Walsh is weaving together mystery and urban fantasy, and that she's choosing species to play with that aren't the most typical for the genre--no vampires or werewolves so far, and this one features a sorceress, not a witch. Full of action and a not-too-overwhelming hit of romance, strong writing, and a nice ongoing storyline that nevertheless leaves this book satisfying all on its own. Daphne wasn't my favourite character from the prequel novella, but she definitely proved herself here. (I read this one in 2016 when it came out... I feel bad about not reviewing here sooner!)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dana McClenny

    krista walsh is an excellent story teller. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have read from her, both full books and short prequels and a bonus Christmas story, I don't think she knows how to write a bad story. she has great range in the fantasy genre with her stories set in both the distant past and present which some of her books encompass both at the same time and individually depending on which of her series you read, but I would recommend them all to anyone. but a word of caution, krista walsh is an excellent story teller. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have read from her, both full books and short prequels and a bonus Christmas story, I don't think she knows how to write a bad story. she has great range in the fantasy genre with her stories set in both the distant past and present which some of her books encompass both at the same time and individually depending on which of her series you read, but I would recommend them all to anyone. but a word of caution, I find myself staying up later than I should at night because I don't want to put the book down and go to sleep like I should for want of finding out what happens next. be aware, this will probably happen to you to once you start one of her books! you've been warned!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    Magic and intrigue After reading Krista Walsh's Andvell series I was sad to not be returning to the places and characters I had grown to love, but this new series got its hooks in me from the start. I love urban fantasy and anything supernatural, so The Invisible Entente series is right up my ally. As in her Andvell series, Krista has woven together mature and engaging characters with a deliciously exciting story. I was excited after reading the prequel novella, and now I am in deep after finishi Magic and intrigue After reading Krista Walsh's Andvell series I was sad to not be returning to the places and characters I had grown to love, but this new series got its hooks in me from the start. I love urban fantasy and anything supernatural, so The Invisible Entente series is right up my ally. As in her Andvell series, Krista has woven together mature and engaging characters with a deliciously exciting story. I was excited after reading the prequel novella, and now I am in deep after finishing Death at Peony House. I would write more, but that would only delay me getting started on the next book, Song of Wishrock Harbour.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aniela Lapinski

    Loved the story, super creative. Nice to see a different magic set than books I've read previously, and yes the third person perspective rocks. However, I'm not a fan of the over use of adjectives in every sentence and I didn't like the way some of the information is given to the reader. I love character development but I didn't find all that much of it in this book. That being said, the writing and story telling got better as the book progressed, so it wasn't that bad. Not sure if I'll read the Loved the story, super creative. Nice to see a different magic set than books I've read previously, and yes the third person perspective rocks. However, I'm not a fan of the over use of adjectives in every sentence and I didn't like the way some of the information is given to the reader. I love character development but I didn't find all that much of it in this book. That being said, the writing and story telling got better as the book progressed, so it wasn't that bad. Not sure if I'll read the other books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aighmi*

    Ms. Walsh's books just keep getting better and better!! This book is wonderful...well-developed characters, fascinating plot, scary but not nightmare-inducing, and with a terrific plot twist at the end. I strongly recommend it & can't wait to read the next book!! Ms. Walsh's books just keep getting better and better!! This book is wonderful...well-developed characters, fascinating plot, scary but not nightmare-inducing, and with a terrific plot twist at the end. I strongly recommend it & can't wait to read the next book!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I loved the combination of mystery and the paranormal! Daphne was an engaging character and​I hope to see more of her in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alita Carpenter

    I enjoyed this book very much. Look forward to reading more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    denise boyce

    Good mystry I totally enjoyed this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing what would happen next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    linda lipinski

    It was a nice book. 3 and a half stars. It was good fun and also quite gripping I will probably read the follow up to it 3*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hurst

    This has twists that were really weaved masterfully into an unexpected ending. Really a good read!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vivenya

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I have to say I had a good start into 2021 in terms of books. 'Death at Peony House' came as a surprise to me. After the first few pages I was pretty sure that I would like it, but how much, I hadn't expected. We follow the main character Daphne Heartstone (I admit I had to giggle), journalist and sorceress, who is about to get her life back on track. After hitting rock bottom in her pursuit of power, she tries t I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I have to say I had a good start into 2021 in terms of books. 'Death at Peony House' came as a surprise to me. After the first few pages I was pretty sure that I would like it, but how much, I hadn't expected. We follow the main character Daphne Heartstone (I admit I had to giggle), journalist and sorceress, who is about to get her life back on track. After hitting rock bottom in her pursuit of power, she tries to restore the trust of others in herself. This happens mainly at the expense of her job, as she can no longer put the story above everything, and so Daphne is glad that she gets a tip on a possible break-in and hopefully a new story. Little does she know, however, that she's stumbling straight into a murder investigation, and the two investigators are among those who least want her there. But Daphne can't just let this murder rest, because the ghosts of Peony House have awakened and a supernatural killer is going around. What I really have to acknowledge to the author is that you can feel the consequences of Daphne's previous behavior. The conflicts are not resolved through a simple conversation and Daphne does not complain about how she is treated. She knows that she was the one who behaved wrong and that she first has to prove that she can be trusted again. The murder case is gradually rolled out as the reader learns about the world of magic. I can't remember getting really bored anywhere and I really liked the characters. With her mother and grandmother, Daphne has two people by her side who can also give readers a better insight into the way magic works. Personally, I found the ending a bit rushed as it all had to happen within a certain deadline, but it wasn't really a big deal. I'm really happy to have found the series and hope that the other main characters in the other books will pull me into their world as well, as Daphne did. For those interested in a story with a paranormal background, a murder mystery and lively characters, I highly recommend this book. It hit my weak spot and so I'm giving the book 5 Stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it deserve a higher rating, but some of it deserves less stars than it got. What I did like: the plot was pretty good. Old hospital with some kind of unrest...a creepy ghost story vibe...a decently not boring storyline. Not bad. What I didn't like: The characters. I had zero connection with the characters, especially Daphne. I wanted to, on the surface she seemed pretty solid, but in the end, I didn't really care about her. She was missing som I have very mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it deserve a higher rating, but some of it deserves less stars than it got. What I did like: the plot was pretty good. Old hospital with some kind of unrest...a creepy ghost story vibe...a decently not boring storyline. Not bad. What I didn't like: The characters. I had zero connection with the characters, especially Daphne. I wanted to, on the surface she seemed pretty solid, but in the end, I didn't really care about her. She was missing something for me. But even putting that aside, I didn't really connect with anyone in the story. Most I felt were added in to give the main character someone to talk to rather than for an actual purpose. Also, this is book one, but there is no world building. None. As the book progresses, you learn that there is magic, and magical folk, but no explanation or reasons. Even the magic...there are different colors, but no explanation. Are some better than others, more elemental, or are they color coded to make them easier to imagine for the reader? Daphne's power, where does it come from? What are the limits? Is there a cost? I need more to understand the story. There was also a mention of Daphne's previous dark turn and some of the people she met....I think that story needs to be told. It's great to hint that she's overcome a lot, and great to see her saying she's atoning for it. But telling me she was bad and showing me are very different. I have a hard time believing in her. Also, (view spoiler)[ there were references to the darkness building and the meeting of the 5-7 people in the locked room (none of which was really explained at all), suggesting a connection. But if you are going to use something from that time to be the major arc in your series, I feel like you should write that part of the story. Forgive me if there is a prequel book I missed. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I wanted to really like this book, but it left me a little lukewarm. It's a great idea, I just had trouble connecting. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Slow pacing all around, but good story. Daphne is a recovering from a magic addiction that tore relationships apart, and is working on recovering the ones that matter most to her, all while trying to keep her job as a journalist. Getting a tip about movement in an abandoned TB hospital, she stumbles on a murder, that uncovers a dark family history and forgotten magic. I'm waffling on what to rate this. It took me a little longer than I expected to read this, and not because I didn't have time. My Slow pacing all around, but good story. Daphne is a recovering from a magic addiction that tore relationships apart, and is working on recovering the ones that matter most to her, all while trying to keep her job as a journalist. Getting a tip about movement in an abandoned TB hospital, she stumbles on a murder, that uncovers a dark family history and forgotten magic. I'm waffling on what to rate this. It took me a little longer than I expected to read this, and not because I didn't have time. My mind kept wandering, even if the writing was pretty good, and the mystery wasn't derivative. But something... I can't place my finger on it, but something about the story didn't grab me. Anyway, I'll just move on to what I liked and didn't like. Here's what I didn't like: The last fight with the ghosts lacked tension, as well as the fight with the guilty party. I know that Daphne was doing something that required a lot of her concentration, and there were elements to create tension, but I could skim and not really miss anything that happened. There was this instance of daphne driving to the office, then we got a play by play of the dinner the night before, her going to bed and waking up raring to go, and then her arriving at the office. That's a reading sin of mine, and I will always hate it when it's used in books. Here's what I liked: The mystery and how she goes about to solve it. The red herrings were particularly good too. I liked all the characters, Walsh had some great lines and good prose. I liked Daphne's addiction and her feelings about what she'd done and the sip she had. She was a sympathetic character. Overall, this read well, but it read slow. The story took a plodding pace from the beginning and it never really picked up. I think that's my biggest problem with it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marie Reed

    I started this book, and then sat it down for months. I was able to pick it right back up and finished it in a day. I felt like I was coming into a series halfway through. There were all these hints about the past and I had no idea what they were talking about. Daphne was some sort of power hungry villian, but how? What did she do? What kinds of magic exist in this universe? A succubus shows up at one point, stays for a conversation the reader only understands half of, and then leaves. What is Da I started this book, and then sat it down for months. I was able to pick it right back up and finished it in a day. I felt like I was coming into a series halfway through. There were all these hints about the past and I had no idea what they were talking about. Daphne was some sort of power hungry villian, but how? What did she do? What kinds of magic exist in this universe? A succubus shows up at one point, stays for a conversation the reader only understands half of, and then leaves. What is Daphne's connection with her? That being said, the story itself is quite good. Daphne goes into this murder investigation ready to help solve it and help all of the ghosts in Peony House who have been similarly murdered for over a hundred years. The ultimate villian twist was okay. But I called it about the instant Daphne met the character, and it was a little stereotypical. Overall, I'd give this about 3.5-4 stars. But have dropped it to 3 because of the lack of necessary background information to care much about the characters, and the fact that the series does not build off of Daphne at all, and I feel like there is a lot more that this story could be expanded into. The disappointment in not seeing Daphne as a main character in the next book will probably keep me from continuing the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cyrene Olson

    This is the first in a series and in the wide arc, it’s about 6 people of different magical abilities, that pooled together and escaped a magical sealed room alive. This first book starts us out with sorceress Daphne, and we learn of her descent into a dark world, and clawing her way out to change her life to the better. As a journalist, she discovers a murder of a young man, a runaway that lives on the streets trying to find a place to rest in the old Peony House, a house that was a hospital an This is the first in a series and in the wide arc, it’s about 6 people of different magical abilities, that pooled together and escaped a magical sealed room alive. This first book starts us out with sorceress Daphne, and we learn of her descent into a dark world, and clawing her way out to change her life to the better. As a journalist, she discovers a murder of a young man, a runaway that lives on the streets trying to find a place to rest in the old Peony House, a house that was a hospital and is now abandoned – or so people think. When Daphne realizes the place is swarming with ghosts in anguish, she tries to find a way to help them – without managing to go into the dark side again and to try not to get in the way of the police, especially Hunter Avery, her former flame. This book has just about everything I like in a book. The suspense, the twists and turns, the action, and even a smidgeon of romance, this book hits all the marks for me. The odd cast of characters are spot on and well developed and the originality is on cue. This book borders on paranormal, occult and horror – but not severely in any direction – and it’s a great page turner.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Graeme

    Highly entertaining read, that I recommend to all lovers of the paranormal genre. Ms Walsh has done a wonderful job of creating believable characters. Daphne works well as the heroine trying to correct past wrongs, and the male protagonists are more interested in solving the crime, rather than jumping into bed with her. A refreshing change for this genre. The plot was entertaining enough that I read the novel in one sitting. It focuses on Daphne attempting to solve a murder at an abandoned hospita Highly entertaining read, that I recommend to all lovers of the paranormal genre. Ms Walsh has done a wonderful job of creating believable characters. Daphne works well as the heroine trying to correct past wrongs, and the male protagonists are more interested in solving the crime, rather than jumping into bed with her. A refreshing change for this genre. The plot was entertaining enough that I read the novel in one sitting. It focuses on Daphne attempting to solve a murder at an abandoned hospital, whilst attempting to overcome her own demons. Thankfully, the story is resolved by the end of the novel, although there is hints of a larger story, meaning the reader is not forced to buy additional novels, just to get the ending. (hate 'to be continued's')

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Daphne who is a sorceress is tasked with solving over a 100 year old crime at the abandoned Peony Hospital. It doesn't help she will also get a story out of it. She works as a journalist at the local newspaper and her job is on the line. Emmett the street kid whose friend was murdered tags along and Hunter the already irritated cop makes things more difficult for her. With the help of her also magical bloodline mother and grandmother she works to defeat the 100 year old demon. Daphne is a likabl Daphne who is a sorceress is tasked with solving over a 100 year old crime at the abandoned Peony Hospital. It doesn't help she will also get a story out of it. She works as a journalist at the local newspaper and her job is on the line. Emmett the street kid whose friend was murdered tags along and Hunter the already irritated cop makes things more difficult for her. With the help of her also magical bloodline mother and grandmother she works to defeat the 100 year old demon. Daphne is a likable character who struggles with her past and the ability to wield her magic for good. Walsh plays out a urban paranormal page turner with an original spin. I'm ready for the next in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I recommend reading the novella before this book. While I didn't and could follow along with the story, there were times that I knew I was missing context in a conversation or internal dialogue. Overall this was a good urban fantasy novel. It was an interesting storyline that included witches, ghosts, and demons. The romantic plot was there throughout however Daphne's character growth was the main focus. My hone I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I recommend reading the novella before this book. While I didn't and could follow along with the story, there were times that I knew I was missing context in a conversation or internal dialogue. Overall this was a good urban fantasy novel. It was an interesting storyline that included witches, ghosts, and demons. The romantic plot was there throughout however Daphne's character growth was the main focus. My honest opinion is that it was an alright read and I might continue the series in the future.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scarolet Ellis

    Death at Peony House (The Invisible Entente Book 1) by Krista Walsh is an awesome story that I have read. This is book number one on this awesome series written by a brand new author for me to read and I can not wait to read the rest of this awesome series. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about paranormal and urban fantasy. I received a free copy of this book via Booksirens and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Macmartin

    A competent story. There's supposed to be a twist but it was too transparent. Denouement was too long and female-reader oriented. I'm used to first person for this type of story. Third person seems oddly out of place and distant. Not sure if I'll ever read the second, but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying this one. Local author, for me anyway. A competent story. There's supposed to be a twist but it was too transparent. Denouement was too long and female-reader oriented. I'm used to first person for this type of story. Third person seems oddly out of place and distant. Not sure if I'll ever read the second, but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying this one. Local author, for me anyway.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Mckissick

    Grabbed me and set the hook. I think this is the first book I have read by Krista Walsh, but it won't be the last. I love a great mystery and this was it. The plot and characters were believable and the magic exciting. Daphne grabbed your heart.. I was surprised at the ending, but that's what a great mystery does. Grabbed me and set the hook. I think this is the first book I have read by Krista Walsh, but it won't be the last. I love a great mystery and this was it. The plot and characters were believable and the magic exciting. Daphne grabbed your heart.. I was surprised at the ending, but that's what a great mystery does.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Jones

    This book kept my interest! I enjoyed it a lot and I'll get the next book in the series. I want to see what becomes of Emmett the homeless kid. The bad guy wasn't quickly revealed and I like that, you had an opportunity to try and slueth it out for yourself. It was a weekend rainy weather type of read. This book kept my interest! I enjoyed it a lot and I'll get the next book in the series. I want to see what becomes of Emmett the homeless kid. The bad guy wasn't quickly revealed and I like that, you had an opportunity to try and slueth it out for yourself. It was a weekend rainy weather type of read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. This felt more like book 2 or 3 in the series. Good, it means the author has a well developed back story to interweave or to do as Book 0 or something like that. The book ends on an interesting note that bodes well for her future books in the series.

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