I Buried a Witch (ParisDude’s Review)


Title: I Buried a Witch: Bedknobs and Broomsticks 2
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: November 30, 2019
Genre(s): Murder Mystery/Magic
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: ParisDude
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Something old, something new, something borrowed…something blacker than the darkest night.

Cosmo Saville adores his new husband but his little white lies—and some very black magic—are about to bring their fairytale romance to an end. Someone is killing San Francisco’s spellcasters—and the only person Cosmo can turn to—the man who so recently swore to love and cherish him—isn’t taking his phone calls.

The only magic Police Commissioner John Joseph Galbraith believes in is true love. Discovering he’s married to a witch—a witch with something alarmingly like magical powers—is nearly as bad as discovering the man he loved tricked and deceived him. John shoulders the pain of betrayal and packs his bags. But when he learns Cosmo is in the crosshairs of a mysterious and murderous plot, he knows he must do everything in in his mortal power to protect him.

Till Death do them Part. With their relationship on the rocks, Cosmo and Commissioner Galbraith join forces to uncover the shadowy figure behind the deadly conspiracy…

Can the star-crossed couple bring down a killer before the dark threat extinguishes love’s flame?

I Buried a Witch is the second book in the smart and sexy Bedknobs and Broomsticks romantic gay mystery trilogy. If you like endearing characters, spell-binding conflict, and spooky, good fun, then you’ll love Josh Lanyon’s tale of a modern white knight and his slightly wicked witch.

Buy I Buried a Witch to lose yourself in the magic today!


Awwwwright! That’s how you wanna play it, Josh Lanyon? You make me say there are things found wanting in book #1 of this new series, that some of the characters are sketchy, that I wasn’t convinced of the culprit and didn’t really dig the ending… and then you go and publish book #2 and DELIVER? Oh, you just wait and see—I’ll write you one helluva blush-inducing, gushing, unashamedly flattering 5-stars review, just to teach you a lesson!

Well, we left our MC Cosmo Saville, Duc of Westlands, happily snuggled up in his husband John Galbraith’s arms at the end of book #1. This book starts with both of them coming back from their honeymoon in Scotland, still very much in love, still in the blissed-out bubble of newly-weds. But of course, we know the author: this cannot and will not last. Bad news wait for, oh, page 5 or 6, I’d say, before showing up (Josh is always about perfect pace; just saying). Someone is killing witches—only Wiccan ones, so with no real magic—in a strange, ritualistic way. Of course, Cosmo being who and how he is, he butts head-first into his husband’s business—John, as a reminder, is the SFPD Police Commissioner, after all. And if you can say one thing about John, it’s that he doesn’t take anyone sticking their noses in his job gracefully, even if it’s his beloved husband. Things quickly escalate, and during a nasty row, Cosmo discloses the secret he’s sworn to never tell: that he’s a Witch. Not Wiccan, not playacting, but the Real Deal. And John… takes his stuff and leaves. He feels betrayed, he thinks he cannot trust his husband anymore, and his stubbornness makes him outright reject Cosmo, who’s left devastated.

The rest of the plot… has to be read. No retelling can do it justice. Suffice it to say that you are never getting bored, you’re never asking yourself ‘WTF?’, the storyline unravels unrelentingly, rhythmically, with unexpected twists and turns that make perfect sense a bit later. Of course, Josh being Josh, the writing is exquisite, with winks and hints and allusions left and right, and the dialogues just as savoury and witty as I’m pretty much used to by now (because spoiled by Josh’s other books). Cosmo is a bit of a mess, but endearingly so—too straight-forwards, all-brainy, transparent and foreseeable MCs are not my cup of tea, anyway; I like them with a touch of madness or fancy, and in this, Cosmo is right up my lane (plus, hello? he does magic? What more could I ask for!). I understand John much better, he’s no longer a pale sketch, but a human being with blood and flesh and a shadow when the sun shines. We know how much Josh loves her taciturn, rugged ‘n’ rough no-nonsense men when playing matchmaker for her primary MCs. John is exactly that, so it’s only logical that he slams the door upon discovering that his new hubby, whom he already takes to be an oddball, is in fact a fully blown witch. Yes, all the characters are sufficiently fleshed out so that we readers can relate to their actions and reactions.

Do I have quibbles? Alright, let’s just say there is some French going on in the book, and certain passages are a teensy bit clumsy (the Duchess really shouldn’t say “vous” to her son—she’d rather treat him to the more familiar “tu”). This is just a means to take off some of my review’s gushiness, because otherwise this would be an utter embarrassment. All in all, it’s a blazing 5 stars from me. Grab a copy, they should still be warm as they’re just off the press.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks Series


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Dieter, born and raised in Austria, studied Political Sciences in Vienna in the early 90s. He's living in Paris, France, with his boyfriend and working as a graphic designer. In his spare time, he loves to write, read, cook, take photos, and travel as often as possible. He’s already published two short-story collections as well as four poetry collections. His first murder mystery novel “The Stuffed Coffin” featuring Damien Drechsler and the dashing Greek student Nikos has been released on Jan. 6, 2019, and is available in English, French, and German. By the way, the French version "Le cercueil farci" has won the prestigious Prix du roman gay 2019 in the category murder mystery. Dieter runs a gay book reviews site in French and is also writing reviews for Gay Book Reviews under the pseudonym of ParisDude.
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