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Heart of Malice

(Alice Worth #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  3,730 ratings  ·  369 reviews
The first time Moses Murphy’s granddaughter killed on his orders, she was six years old.

For twenty years, she was a prisoner of an organized crime syndicate, forced to use her magic to make Moses the most powerful and feared man on the East Coast. To escape his cruelty, she faked her own death and started a new life as Alice Worth. As a private investigator specializing in
Paperback, 338 pages
Published June 5th 2017 by City Owl Press
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Stacey is Sassy


Taking a risk has its rewards.

***4.5 Stars***

I received a friend request on Goodreads the other day, and while I was checking out her profile I came across a book that caught my eye. Now the cover, while not perfect, was very eye-catching. A strong woman with determination in her eyes has a flash of green fire wrapped around her. The background looks a little dark and gloomy which makes the green fire POP. Now, I won’t say that a cover will make or break a book, but if my attention i

First read: 06/2017 - 5 stars
Re-read: 09/2020 - still 5 stars!

It's books like this one that remind me of why I love Netgalley so much. Who knows how long it would've taken me to stumble across this little gem otherwise?
I was a haunted house, and not the fun kind you visited on Halloween for cheap thrills. The scars on my back were nothing compared to the ones on the inside.

This book was perfection - action, mystery, romance, magic, humor, characters.

Let's start with the latter, shall we?
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Unsure How I Feel*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Normally, I would have loved having such a cold and emotionless main female character as I've many times been called those two thing before, but for some reason I just didn't connect with Alice. A part of me didn't like her. Maybe it was her treatment to people around her? Or how she thought? I'm an emotional person, however, I emotional inside and hide a lot, while Alice is both inside out cold. I dunno. Perhaps it was
This book starts out fast! As in once you open your kindle, don’t plan on getting any sleep. From the very beginning this story is constantly in motion. There is no down time, no moment that you might think you can close it and take a break.

Alice has a past that she has gone to great lengths to keep hidden. As a powerful mage she is a prize to those who would use her for their own gain. Running her own private investigation business, she takes on a case of a young woman who thinks she’s being p
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
As a beginning of a series, this is pretty entertaining. I won't hold the nitpicks against it and I hope this is going to be a series.

Alice Worth is an MPI - a magic private investigator - in a world where humans live alongside other supernatural beings like mages, shifters and vampires. Certain group of mages are like criminal syndicates. Alice Worth is not the real name of the protagonist and she isn't some low level mage as she appears when someone tries to read her. She is hiding from her pa
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Heart of Malice is a great debut for Lisa Edmonds. The storyline was pretty creative and so full of action that you can't really be bored with the story. I think it's pretty funny that one of my favorite characters is a ghost! Malcolm the ghost had me quite entertained throughout this book. I loved Sean, the werewolf. He was a great Hero. He was protective but not overbearing. He genuinely just wanted to spend time with Alice and help her. Alice was a harder character for me. She is hiding a pas ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, own, kindle
Amazing new urban fantasy.
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Sheesh, I should just stop reviewing books because the amount of books I review is way less than the books I read. I was just about to purchase this based on the cover when I realized I have already read this book. I don't remember the details but I thought it was decent. So, 3.5 stars? ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

“There were all kinds of books: books that educated, books you read at the beach or on planes, books that sold bad advice…and books that could level whole cities.”

Well done Urban Fantasy is still my favorite genre, but as the years go on, after I read more so many that were subpar or overdone, and as the market has become saturated, finding new favorites is harder. This one was great fun and the whole series (I’m caught up on it) is a delight. This one pushed a lot of my generic I-Like-UF Bu
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy

Read again a year after before grabbing book 2. I really liked it the second time around too.

It will not win any brownie points for originality, but it was a decent read that grabbed me. I look forward to reading the second book.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This counts towards my June CG Book Challange: Listen to an audible book

I was so put off by the cover art I kept passing on this book. So glad I finally read it.
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Heart of Malice is book one in the Alice Worth series by Lisa Edmonds. It’s full of magic and mystery.

This is a new to me author and after finishing the novel I was unsure on how I felt about it. It had things I liked and things I didn’t. What pulled me to this novel was the synopsis. It was intriguing and sounded like something I might enjoy.

We meet Alice Worth, a private detective (PI) who has fled her past, is in hiding, has some major powers and by chance finds herself linked to a ghost an
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: badass-heroine, 2020
I liked it but I want to write a full ass review when I finish the rest of the books. I have time now sooo on to the next one
Aerin Proffitt
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Great start to an urban fantasy series with a badass female lead!


I'm liking the world building where vamps, shifters, mages, and humans are all living together in the open. There are some anti-supernatural sentiments, and we also get some background on mages (and our h) and their power structure- called Cabals.

Which is where we meet our h, Alice, who has escaped from one of these Cabals- and is now set up in a different city with a new identity. She is a mage PI with some serious sec
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

Yay, what a great find. This is very well written urban fantasy. On to book 2.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
We are introduced to Alice Worth, a mage PI who is hiding from her past. She’s hired by Natalie who believes that something was stolen from her grandmother’s library that she recently inherited. Alice and her sidekick ghost, Malcolm, determine it was a powerful magical object that must be tracked down before it falls into the wrong hands.

I seem to be on a kick lately with magical private investigator novels. I liked this one. Alice’s world is interesting and she is pretty badass. There are vampi
Wow. Just wow. What a wonderful gem. I was hooked from start to finish. At the ending I was holding my breath, and then literally burst out into cheering. Scared the absolute shit out of my cats.

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FIRST OF ALL. The MC. Alice in short, is a mother fucking bad ass. You can really feel the weight she carries, her darkness. She's also not like the usual sarcastic MC y
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Alice Worth is a mage in hiding. Having escaped her grandfather’s powerful cabel after years of abuse, Alice is now a PI who takes on private cases while keeping a very low profile. When a young lady comes to her to help discover whose trying to kill her, Alice suddenly finds her world turned upside down as she acquires a ghostly sidekick, a werewolf boyfriend, and a vampire who wants more than friendship.

I picked up this st
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I like it ... a lot! AT first Heart of Malice seems like a typical Kick-ass mage heroine but Alice Worth is darker (in person) and harsher. I like that there's no long paragraph explaining tidbit or how magic works but we see them through Alice's adventure. Good plot interesting characters especially Alice. first I think the book lacks emotion but since it's from Alice's POV and what i gather through is she was raised in to be a killing machine i think her POV suit. I li
Luna Joya
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series delivers.

Alice a huge history that she's running from for very good reasons without the information overload that so many books can bring. We get just enough to know she's a tough survivor who is influenced by that past trauma for better or for worse. I think her trauma explains very well the decisions she makes in life and romance. She's a heroine with lots of strength and a little bit of hope which makes all the difference.

Sean is my werewolf boyfriend. Seriously, he's the best. Ch
Lucie V.
Jan 28, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle-ebook
This book is free on Amazon today (01/28/2021). 🙂
Adriana C
3.5 stars
-It feels more like a paranormal romance than urban fantasy.
-The first two sex scenes are before the 30% of the book.
-I´m planning to continue with the series.
All Things Urban Fantasy
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HEART OF MALICE was a great introduction to what could be a pretty amazing new urban fantasy series. It ticks every box for a classic urban fantasy story: tough as nails heroine escaping from a murky past, fun magical abilities, and interesting enough plot complexities to last multiple books. The plot is fast-paced and revolves around an excellent magical mystery with earth shattering consequences should something go askew. I loved the attention to deta
Danielle (Danniegurl)
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3.5 Oh yes, this series was fun!

Writing the review after reading the books in the series, just FYI.

I really liked this story. The plot, the characters, and definitely the writing style.
It was a fun series, with a kick-ass heroine and awesome sidekicks, with great, catchy stories and pretty good overall world-builder.

Why not more than 3.5?
Well, I've read better books that I only gave 4 stars. Yes, I will complain again that Goodreads doesn't have a good rating system. I need more options!
Nov 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (11/2/2019)! 🎁
Rhonda Hasty
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good one people the h is a little on the stubborn side but she gets better by the end.
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Lisa Edmonds was born and raised in Kansas. A graduate of Buhler High School, she studied English and forensic criminology at Wichita State University. After acquiring her Bachelor’s degree, she considered a career in law enforcement as a behavioral analyst before earning a Master's from Wichita State and then a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University.

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