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Untrue Love

(Consulting Magic #2.6)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Alex Benedict is a student of magic in his third year at Hartbridge University with no clear direction for his studies. That is, until he puts himself in the middle of a criminal investigation by literally stepping in it.

This is the story of Alex's first case with Agent Murielle Lapointe, and while it's lacking in romance, it's a delightful look into grumpy young Alex and
Kindle Edition, 57 pages
Published October 19th 2015
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Len Evans Jr
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This short story should really be labeled like Consulting Magic, 0.5 since it takes place in Alex's 3rd year of Magic College. It is the story of how he and Lapointe met and how he ended up consulting on one of her cases. It was a lot of fun seeing Alex in his younger and awkward years, the story is interesting, with lots of food (he's a growing magic user after all) as well as plenty of the humor the author imbues into her writing. I really really liked it! ...more
I read The Courtship of Julian St. Albans a while ago so I'm not sure how much I missed by forgetting some details and not reading the 2nd book in the series, but I love Alex so I really had fun with his origins story :) ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a short tidbit out of a larger franchise by Ms Crook.
It is a light and pleasant read which confirms the value of the whole series despite some minor qualms that here do not spoil the fun but in the longer works tend to be noticeable.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to DeeNeez by: Cassandra
Shelves: free-read, glbt, scifi, 2016
Apparently this is a sneak peek of back history of the series. No romance here, but a nice murder mystery in a college of magical students. Nice read.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really promising little short about Alex, a mage, who stumbles into a murder investigation. I love that he's one of those types that gets very submersed in his work and misses what's going on around him. It was also funny that for such a short story, he ate so much. I haven't read anything else in the series (only realized it was a series after I finished), but this makes me more interested in it. ...more
Jerome’s Cat
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clever Student Magician

Delightful short mystery to start a magical mystery series. A clever student of magic helps the police catch a killer. Strong world building and likeable characters. I bought my copy so I’ll be able to read it again when it moves off kindle unlimited.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tried this one first before reading the first full novel of this series, and I was hooked! I liked the MC and the female detective (what a surprise, right?); the setting looked interesting, and the writing was also fine.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first work I've read in this series. It was described as something of a prequel, and it does, in fact, stand nicely on its own. It has also piqued my interest in the series. I'll definitely be reading more in the near future. ...more
Ashley E
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's delightful to get a peek at Alex coming into his own. Such a snot, he is. Plus, Horace! ...more
Kat Husted
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just what I needed
Perfect is the word. I love all of Amy's books and especially this series so getting to read about how it all started, and just what a dork Alex has always been awesome.
Jenn (not Lily)
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful little story about how Alex and Murielle met and he began consulting for the police. Perfection -- more please!
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable glimpse into Alex’s past. Agent Lapointe is probably my second favourite character after Alex in this series. Their interactions are highly amusing. To be honest, I’d joyfully read stories just about them solving cases together. The rest is a bonus. (though a very very welcome bonus indeed)
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 11-2015, 2018, 2019

I want soo muuuch more of these series

this one may be regular book, no romance no Julian, we see how Alex started working with police :) all it took was one wrong step

great story

thank  you

May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well written, fun story.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Short but complete story of Alex as a student. Loved it!
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
A nice glimpse into Alex's student life and early career as a consultant. ...more
Short story about the beginning of Alex' career and his friendship with Muriel. Must read for fans of the series and those who want to become ones. ...more
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Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining story of how a young and talented Alex Benedict got a look at the job of police magical consultant.
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Amy Crook has made her living since the 90s with writing, art, and design. She lives in San Leandro, CA, with two cats, a roommate, and a pair of custom-made tentacle pillows. She loves tea, gin, and pumpkin spice chai, and has no shame about much of anything, really. She has collections of all sorts of things, including Halloween socks, unread books, and friends from all over the world.

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Consulting Magic (3 books)
  • The Courtship of Julian St. Albans (Consulting Magic, #1)
  • The Apprenticeship of Julian St. Albans (Consulting Magic, #2)
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