Bell, Book, and Murder
by Rosemary Edghill
This book is actually three mysteries bound together (Speak
Daggers to Her, Book of Moons, Bowl of Night), starring Bast,
a Gardnerian witch who reluctantly becomes an amateur detective
and spiritual warrior. Written by a Gardnerian priestess, they're
absolutely hilarious and the best commentary on the Pagan lifestyle
and community I've ever read. They manage to show how a modern Pagan's
struggle to be a realist, a mystic, and a New Yorker all at once.
Best of all, Bast isn't perfect; she isn't always in the right place
at the right time, and she screws up royally on occasion. Just like
a real person. I was laughing from the first page to the last, and
all the while wheezing, "I know these people!"
Reviewed by Diane Sylvan