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Witch for Hire

(Witch’s Path #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,021 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Most witches don’t work for police departments, but Michelle isn’t your average witch. She’s clanless, looking for a warlock who isn’t offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can’t find the escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents.

Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems.
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published January 11th 2014
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Couldn't get past the writing style

This book had all the elements of a potentially great story but the writing made it fall flat.
1) Less than 300 pages in and I'm bored wondering why I've read so many pages. You learn very little of the main character except that she likes tea, doesn't like fast food, and wishes her commutes were shorter.
2) The conversations are stilted and awkward and disjointed.
3) She continues to ask and dream about Elron (the other voice/perspective in the book) but
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Why did this book fail to be fully interesting? Here are a few of the reasons:
1.The world wasn't as well defined as for ex: Kim Harrisons books about Rachel Morgan, or Ilona Andrews' post magic wave world of Kate Daniels. And with that half of it's charm fell flat.
2. Separating the chapters in segments of either character not completely making the first voice different enough to mark which character is speaking. A name at the top of a segment is not enough.
3.Though the heroine/main character
N.N. Light
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quirky hilarious paranormal mystery. Michelle, covenless and looking for love, works for the police and uses her magical abilities to help solve crimes. Sounds simple enough but Michelle's life is anything but simple.

I really enjoyed this light, wicca mystery. Michelle is a riot (think Bridget Jones) and what she has to deal with kept me in stitches. The plot stuttered in a couple of places but overall was easy to follow. I can't wait to read more!

My Rating: 4 stars
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is the perfect example of why writing doesn't make a writer, even taking talent out of the equation.
This is the difference between a flat tire and Earth, we are talking about depth, colors, nuances. All things this book sorely lacks, together with characterization.
Nothing makes sense and some things are totally lacking. A few other things were utterly WTH moments either baffling or nail on chalkboard bad (all the interaction between the heroine and her neighbor who moreover gets a
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not what I expected

The book was not what I expected, but in a good way. I thought it was going to be just another witch helps police solve mysteries story. The idea of a story set in a world where magic and non magic creatures live together is an interesting one, I am officially intrigued. There were a few weak spots, not enough to ruin my enjoyment of the book, but a few. It was hard to keep track of some of the characters names, I believe it was Jerry and Jones. I'm pretty sure they are
A. Sines
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)
3.5 stars

Jeff Hays does a spectacular job with the narration. I actually had to keep going back to find his name and remind myself that this was a person with extraordinary range. While he’s not up there with Patrick Mclean’s voices, Mr. Hays does a fantastic job of differentiating who’s who when listening.

The story itself is extremely intriguing and I would definitely be interested in listening to a sequel just to see if the
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: witches
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It wasn't bad per se, but it's not good either. Its just kind of blah. The characters were ok but they weren't anything special. The story was slow, much slower than what I usually enjoy. One of the problems I had was that there was to much about big changes in the main characters personal life. That's fine in later books in a series, but in the first series these big changes don't have the impact that I think that the author was going for. The ...more
Jen Koca
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It's incredibly rare for me to finish a book these days, especially with my hectic lifestyle, but this book managed to capture me. It's well written, comical and has a unique plot that kept me coming back.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Original review:

A 3.5* review. I received this book via an audiobook as a promotion for doing a blog tour. That being said, an audiobook can definitely influence my perception on the book as a whole.

When I first started this book, the narrator had a very grating voice which was not a good start for me. It was this weird, awkward falsetto that really annoyed me to no end. The main character is female yet for some reason, the narrator was male who tried way
I received this book as part of a book tour.

3.5 stars

I enjoyed the first book in this series, specifically because it didn't take a longtime setting up the story. I love when I can just jump right in and take off. There was no need for a ton of world building because our author assumes we already understand what paranormal creatures are. I appreciated that quite a bit.

The book is mostly from the POV of our witchy lady, Michelle, and we see her talents and skills with assisting the police
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book

I love reading /listening to urban fantasy stories. Witch for Hire is my intro to N.E. Conneely. I am thrilled with the concept of the story since it combines witches, suspense, and mystery. However, I felt like the characters were underdeveloped and there were a lot of them to keep up with. This is the main drawback I have with this story. Some of the secondary characters seemed unnecessary. For example, there were new dinner guests at the B&B each night
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, good story and good world building. I like the protagonist, she's sympathetic and (mostly) smart. The main storyline is resolved, but there are some dangling plots (deliberately, as this is first in a series).

There are some POV changes, but they are clearly posted, so it's not confusing. A couple times you get the same event in two versions, although not much overlap.

It has some weaknesses, but since this seems to be the author's first published book, I'm willing to cut some slack.
Melissa Hayden
I'm teetering between 3 and 4 stars. This is a first book and at the beginning there was lots of building done. The world is solid. Michelle feels the effects of using magic when she gets to the point of over spelling.

Hmm. I'm impressed. Nice beginning that made me smile but then slowed as we got to see into Michelle's history and surroundings, even Elron's too. But when the story took off with the cases she's running between...the magic she crafts to help the police with, I was taken away with
I am the kind of listener who tries to finish everything she starts, but I could not do that with this book. I will try to explain so that you will know whether or not the difficulties I had will affect you or not.


The story is one we’ve seen before, and it’s a fairly good one. The witch works with the police to solve crimes. Her skill set is exactly what is needed with cases that involve magic in a world that has open magic beside mundane humans. In fact, in this world, it’s humans who are
There is a lot to like about this book! Really interesting would that lays overtop of our current world. It is an Urban Fantasy that weaves magic into our modern world. I thoroughly enjoyed the charterers and intrigue. This is like a police procedural mixed with a fantasy theme. It keeps things moving along at a steady pace. If you do not compare this book to others in the genre, you will find it much more enjoyable.

Michelle is a terrific heroine. She has plenty of spunk and sass! I loved seeing
Steve Caldwell
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from Jeff Hayes, the narrator, in return for an honest review, so her goes. I was completely blown away by this book. It was a great read! The setting is a twist on our world, where magical types like Witches, Elves, Dwarves, Dragons etc. have been in charge forever, while vanilla humans were kept as slaves until 300 years ago. The current President of the US is a dragon, and is dealing with the idea of reparations to humans, basically a twist on our society. The ...more
I listened to the Audible version of this book. I had a hard time getting into this story at first, but the further I got into the story, the better I liked it. The characters were definitely interesting and believable. The only problem I had was why did Michelle dislike Elron so much; he didn't seem all that annoying to me. Anyway, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

As for the narration, Jeff Hays does a great job with different voices for all the characters. I had to double
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it

Witches, Warlocks, and Brownies, Oh My..

Ok, I really liked the female lead, Michelle, she is smart and fearless.

She is also a Police Consultant, and her most recent job is to track down a few recently freed Trolls.

This book has a bit of everything, including trolls, illegal magical creatures, and a bit of Romance.

The author has created an interesting world and an overall good read.

Jeff Hays did really well with the different character's voice, tone and pitch.

"This audio book was provided by
Amanda Brady
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting possibilities

The basic premise is the that Michelle hires out to local law enforcement thing help them deal with magically entities. In this world the humans are the minority and we're enslaved by the magical entities. I like the premise, it is n o t a flashy fantasy world, and Michelle is an interesting character. I am not sure about Elton, the male elf, and his place in the story. It is very jarring during the story and the separate chapters do not tie into each other. However I am
L. M. Warren
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is a lot to like...

Very good book, my only criticism would be the numerous repeats of the same information in the first quarter of the book. Those mainly dealt with how magic was used. The characterisation was very nicely done. Each character felt like they had different personalities.
You get a few different points of views, yet the main one is a witch named Michelle. She works for various police agencies and ultimately get sucked into one heck of a case. There are witches, brownies,
Diana Francis
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not sure a three or four star is in order. Here's the thing. There are problems for me with the writing. A lot of things happen quickly, the stuff about her dad and mom lacks depth and so do a lot of her reactions and some of the plot foundations. There were also a lot of spelling errors and name reference errors.

That said, I really enjoy the characters overall, I thought the plot was fun and fast, and I got caught up in the story. So flawed, yes. Fun story, also yes. And I'll want to read
Jana Gundy
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great urban fantasy!

This is a great urban fantasy that really held my attention. I like the heroine, she's strong and has a good heart. The world is very real with a splash of paranormal and I think that's what makes it so believable. Elron is a different sort of character but the author portrays him just right. A great start to what I hope is a fantastic series!
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the parts that focused on the main character, Michelle. As far as world-building goes, it's a pretty solid go, and I liked reading about the way magic worked here and the ... political? relationships. I could have done without... pretty much anything to do with the elf character, and hints at a prophecy, so I may not continue because I'm certain these will become the main focus.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well this was really good! I really like Michelle and the array of crazy characters! 4.5*'s from me! I do like a Paranormal Cop books and even though Michelle is just a police consultant it's still really good!
Summit Yarnstudio
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
fun read

I enjoyed reading this well-written book from start to finish. The characters are well-crafted and I look forward to knowing them better with future books in this series.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story! The beginning was great and the ending good, but the storyline got a bit lost in the middle. Over all a good read!
Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald
Review posted on Audible
I stumbled across Witch for Hire while looking for other witchy books. It’s the debut novel from NE Conneely, and my first book of hers.

Michelle Oaks isn’t your average witch. For one thing, she doesn’t associate with a clan. This means her “family” is small, and mostly she’s a lone witch, which doesn’t bother her. She also offers her magical talent to local police departments with magical problems. Lastly, she’s not opposed to finding love and companionship. Unfortunately, her clanless
Lauren Jones
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Know any witches who would be willing to join the police force to keep back the evil and vile supernatural creatures from the light of day? What about any vampires, werewolves, unicorns, or trolls? This supernaturally charged first installment is highly entertaining, mysterious, and quite criminal! Conneely has written a series, filled with humans and magical creatures who can both live simultaneously in the same place and still know who each other really is. That is very original and unlike the ...more
Eileen Dandashi
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed this fun read about a young witch trying to make a living in a society populated by humans, wizards, vampires, unicorns, elves, trolls, shape-shifters, brownies, and elves. Michelle is extremely likeable–she respects all species and they in turn respect her. Not belonging to a clan, she works alone, helping the police in her locality on a freelance basis. Her strength comes from nature. She is very attuned to the earth and the forest around the inn she permanently lives
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“Michelle: Phone. That had to be my phone waking me up. My hand swept across the nightstand until it found the vibrating hunk of silicone. "Hello."
"Michelle, It's Gordon from the Cobb County Sheriff's Office. We need you to deal with some illegally bred magical creatures."
The sound of barking and shouting followed his voice.
"What are they?"
"We don't know. I can tell you what they look like. Henri was one of the responding and he's never heard of these things. I think they're new."
Blech. I rolled out of bed to start getting dressed. Henri was an old vampire. I'm not sure how old. But old enough to take his word on something like this.
"Gordon, tell me what these things look like."
"I'd say someone found the stupidest chihuahua in the city and then did something to give it wings and magic."
"Great! How do I get there?" I wrote down the address and a few directions. "That's the mayor's place, isn't it?
"Yep and he's not happy.”
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