Black Magic Woman (Quincey Morris, #1)
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Black Magic Woman (Quincey Morris #1)

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Occult investigator Quincey Morris and his "consultant", white witch Libby Chastain, are hired to free a family from a deadly curse that appears to date back to the Salem witch trials.

Fraught with danger, the trail finds them stalking the mysterious occult underworlds of Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York, searching out the root of the curse. After surviving a...more
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Published September 16th 2011 by Rebellion Publishing Ltd (first published January 29th 2008)
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Brownbetty
This was a good book, and I didn't like it. I'm trying to figure out why.

Morris is a sort of modern Van Hellsing, or more accurately, a modern Quincey Morris, Van Hellsing's American counterpart. (But really, who remembers Quincey Morris?) Like the back copy says "Quincey Morris and his "consultant", white witch Libby Chastain, are hired to free a family from a deadly curse that appears to date back to the Salem witch trials."

Not mentioned is a parallel story about African American FBI agent Dal...more
David Townsend
I was given this book to check out. It only got finished as I was short of reading material and it ended up in the bag on a couple of train journeys. I wanted to see what happened in the end which is probably the best thing I can say about the book. Meandors from start to finish, with probably the biggest anti-climatic finish of any book I've ever read. You read the climatic chapter and think "ah there'll be a twist... er no", and the tidy clean up of the plot at the end is almost comical, as if...more
Ithlilian
I found myself eating through this book like chocolate at the beginning. I was savoring the little bits about Quincy's past, and enjoyed the prologue. The LaRue family haunting was interesting, as well as the run in with a house of vamps. All of that set up for a great book, but it turned out to be a long drawn out chase scene in the end. I loved the investigation that lead Quincy and Libby around from Satanic cults to demon infested investigation agencies. Unfortunately, when it came time to ac...more
Cathy
I gave it a 3, but it's a weak 3. It was just really weird, because it's really two almost entirely unrelated books, making each part feel incomplete. First you have the parts with Quincey and Libby and their paranormal investigation. It started off way too slow, with way too much background on Quincey and just took forever to get into their "case" and to introduce Libby, at least for a book that was billed as being about "the exploits of investigators Quincey Morris and Libby Chastain." I thoug...more
Felicia
Er I dunno. I WANTED to like this book a lot. It started out well. I can't put my finger on WHY I didn't get hooked in. I think it was the character work, we never went very deep with the two lead characters in a way that felt a bit shallow to me. It was as if he was deliberately trying to avoid anything intimate between the two of them. I understand trying to avoid all the sex and stuff that's normally in books like this, but no tension at all? And if not between them, maybe between them and OT...more
Reed
Being a Jim Butcher fan, it was hard to ignore the Butcher quote on the cover "Best manuscript I've ever been asked to read".

Perhaps I expected too much. I did enjoy the book. Gustainis created two strong characters in Quincy Morris--descendant of the Morris who hunted Dracula--and Libby Chastain, white witch.

I think Butcher gave the book such praise because, well, the book "felt" like one of his own early novels. Which is not a bad thing, mind you. Though a bit cliche in parts, something getti...more
Joseph Teller
This is the first book in the Morris & Chastain investigation series, a step into a the dark side of human nature, where a few uncommon folks face off against the sort of persons that live breathe and risk death to inflict pain, terror and death in the name of family feuds and a grasping for power and money.

It's an urban horror setting, where vampires might try to wipe out an entire small Texas town and turn them into ravenous monsters to serve their needs or a witch descendent from the earl...more
Tejus
I picked this up after reading the quote from Jim Butcher 'Best manuscript I've been asked to read'. Either Jim Butcher was drunk when he wrote this or he has not been asked to read a lot of manuscripts!
The story itself was kind of bland. A supernatural investigator (Descendent of a hunter of Dracula) and his white witch associate are called in to protect a family who, thanks to the wife, are at the mercy of a black magic practitioner. The wife is descended from a white witch who during the sale...more
Supernatural Book Club
When I read the title of this book I had my doubts "Black Magic Woman"? That's a pretty poor title for the book, and that picture on the front? After reading the book I still can't figure out who that is supposed to be. The title and picture did not accurately portray what the book was about, BUT I can get past that. The one thing that gave me hope that the book might not be so bad was the endorsement on the front by Jim Butcher, and reading in the acknowledgments section that Gustainis aspires...more
Sheila
There’s a quote from Jim Butcher on the cover of this book. And since I’m a Harry Dresden (and Harry Potter) addict, a favorable quote from Jim Butcher has to catch my eye. “Keep an eye on Justin Gustainis,” he says. I certainly will. And I’ll be looking out for more in this series.

…So anyway, there was this American called Quincy Morris chasing Dracula long, long ago, and somehow I’d forgotten him. But now his descendant chases evil across America, with the aid of an intriguing white witch call...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* Still debating between 3, 3 1/2 and 4 stars.
*Genre* Dark Fantasy

*Review*

Black Magic Woman is the first book in the Quincey Morris series by Justin Gustainis. Even though the story is clearly supposed to be about Morris and his white witch friend and partner Elizabeth “Libby” Chastian, Gustainis ends up folding two separate stories into one bringing in several other characters that have their own investigation to deal with.

Morris is an occult investigator and private contractor who, when...more
Stephanie
This was a good first novel. I enjoyed the story and I look forward to reading the next in the series. However, there were a couple things that really didn't sit well with me. First, Qunicey calls some of his clients "podner". As a Texan, I don't know ANYONE who calls anyone "podner". How fake is that?

Another thing that didn't quite fit were the remarks made about Libby's sexuality. The timing and "banter" about her bisexuality seemed very contrived.

I also would have liked more links between the...more
chucklesthescot
I liked the vampire hunting part at the beginning of the book and I think I'd have liked this book if that had been what his cases were. I liked the Salem witches link. I liked our hero.
So why then did I abandon the book?

Well the second story about the South African agent hunting down the voodoo woman totally bored me and I wanted to skip these sections every time they appeared. The two cops were one dimensional with no personality and the plot died with every appearance by the Chuckle Brothers....more
Paige
I've been looking for a truly good dark fantasy-type of book, and I'd just about given up hope until I came across Black Magic Woman. Gustainis' novel has it all - intrigue and suspense; some truly creepy moments; and dark, biting humor. What truly impressed me was how real Quincy and Libby seemed, not only on an individual basis, but in their interactions with each other. They're flawed people with good intentions and dry wit, which is always a good combination, in my view. The plot itself was...more
Bitten_by_Books
I ran across Black Magic Woman online quite by accident. This is the first book in the Quincey Morris supernatural investigator series. Honestly, I tend to gravitate towards female paranormal authors first (sorry guys), yet something about the title just grabbed my attention...

For the entire review please go to the Best Paranormal Review site on the web, Bitten By Books for the review of Black Magic Woman in it's entirety. You won't be sorry.


Ladiibbug
Mar 25, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF / Paranormal Fans
#1 Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigation UF series

Vampires, curses, demons, witches (black and white), voodoo, werewolves ... you name the supe, the reader will most probably encounter it in Black Magic Woman.

Quincey Morris and white witch Libby Chastain investigate a Wisconsin family's evil ghost/poltergeist/entity, and must deal with a whole host of exciting creatures.

Very good UF - I'm looking forward to #2 Evil Ways.

Did I mention toads raining from the sky?!
Lesli
I was a little annoyed with the "Texan" accent in the first few pages. Then the "podner" affectation was like nails on a chalk board. Followed by the smarmy comment about string ties. However, what put paid to trying to read this pile of crap was a single word: Wiccunt. Seriously? Wiccunt. That's really beyond obnoxious. Save your money and your time. Don't bother reading this.

Attempted 10-24-2010
Missy Ann
Gave up on it around page 70 or so.

1. People in Texas do not talk like that.

2. Exposition much?
2b. Show me, don't tell me.

3. Podner? Seriously. See #1.
Mike (the Paladin)
I wasn't that impressed. If you want another magic detective with witch helper...you might find it your cup of tea. I got through it. Readable.
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it's billed as a "Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigation" I wouldn't say that he's the star of the book at all. The story is fairly evenly spread over a number of characters. We get to come into contact with Vamps, Demons, Zombies, Witches, Voodoo Priestesses etc.

Witches are the main basis though, both black and white. The story stemming from the Salem Witch Trials and a family feud that is on the verge of turning bloody.

There were a number of themes tha...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Because I seem to love reading things out of order, I have already done a review of Justin's second book in this series, Evil Ways. In this book, we are introduced to Quincy Morris a sort of psychic investigator/problem solver, Libby Chastain his white witch friend and partner, as well as Dale Fenton an FBI agent, in the Behavioral Science unit. Each one of these characters has a very unique part to play in the story.

Someone is killing children by removing their organs while they are still alive...more
An Abundance of Books
The story starts with a nice bit introducing Quincy, his knowledge, fast thinking, and talents as a problem solver. A small town has been overtaken by vampires. The original exterminators hired to take care of the problem get tied up with another job - so the exterminators ask Quincy to help out the town. Instead of a caravan of 18 wheelers, loads of people and ammo, this overrun little town gets one guy in an old car. I thought this was a very good introduction to the character. There is a simi...more
Kari
I enjoyed this more than I expected as I acquired it by chance as a freebie. The writing is clumsy in a couple places but it improves as the book moves along with Gustainis getting more into his stride as the story progresses. I had a slight issue with the repetitive use of the character's full names. Once a reader is introduced to a character they generally are able to remember the names and don't need it reinforcing constantly! The story would of flowed better if the author had chosen to stick...more
Joseph Farand
This is the first in a very promising new supernatural thriller series by Solaris. The main characters are occult investigator Quincey Morris and "white witch" Libby Chastain. They work together to help a family that is being attacked magically by a curse dating back to the Salem Witch Trials. There is a secondary plot involving a South African police officer, Van Drennan, who teams up with FBI agent Fenton to investigate "muti" killings in the U.S.. Someone is killing children and harvesting th...more
Phil
I really liked this book. My curiosity was piqued at the start by the shout-outs to other infamous stories, such as The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror: I like the way it was implied that they are factual rather than fiction in this book's universe. I was slightly confused by what seemed to be a vague reference to Vampire$ but I'm willing to just go with the flow: it worked in context, and gave the book a good starting point. I also liked the hark-back to Dracula for deep back-story.

One thing...more
Sara Walker
Full review at http://urbanfantasyland.net

I finally got this book into my reading pile, and I'm so glad I did. It had been too long since I'd read an urban fantasy detective novel. Occult investigator Quincy Morris hires white witch Libby Chastain as a consultant on a case where a family is plagued by a deadly curse-- it seems their very home is intent on killing them. The pair of investigators soon find the curse is strangely intertwined with the events of the Salem witch trials.

The story moves...more
Kit
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Kathy Martin
This was a great urban fantasy. The world Gustainis creates is very near our own but witches and curses are real. So are vampires and werewolves and zombies. The world was well-drawn and very realistic.

Quincy Morris is a descendant of one of the people who killed Dracula. His family has been hunting the monsters for generations. He works as a consultant when people have problems that traditional routes have failed to solve. He often calls in Libby Chastain as a consultant when he needs question...more
Tim Pendry
An entertaining enough and fast-paced holiday read. Not particularly sophisticated and not a masterpiece but the author has you reading until the end and his obvious sincerity about the craft of writing makes you warm to the tale.

One thing to his credit - he is up to the mark on current occult lore: the story revolves in part around the very real problem of African black withcraft, the Wiccan heroine (in a team of two) is a very positive role model amongst all the black magic, 'voudon' is adequa...more
Veronica
I wouldn’t necessarily classify this book as an urban fantasy. It reads more like a supernatural thriller. I’m also not sure why it is billed as the Morris and Chastain investigations because we spend as much time with the other characters, including the villains, as we do with the supposedly central pair. The story is told in omniscient third person so we get the full picture of what is going on with all the players at any given time. Quincy Morris is something of a paranormal investigator who...more
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Justin Gustainis was born in Northeast Pennsylvania in 1951. He attended college at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university that figures prominently in several of his writings.

After earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army.

Mr. Gustainis currently lives in Plattsburgh, New York. He is a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State U...more
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