I Buried a Witch | Josh Lanyon

I Buried a Witch (Bedknobs and Broomsticks #2) by Josh Lanyon published 30 November 2019

Cosmo Saville adores his new husband, but his little white lies—and some very black magic—are about to bring his 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 true 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 blue knight and his slightly wicked witch.

How was it? Mainly by Moonlight had an intriguing premise, where Cosmo is found by cops next to the body of a rival antique’s dealer. Both magic users, Cosmo had to erase signs of the ritualistic murder to keep magic a secret. To make matter worse, he’s days away from marrying the new police commissioner John Galbraith, who has no idea he’s engaged to a witch, or that magic exists. However, in I Buried a Witch we essentially starts off with a newscast, as background noise, mentioning the murder of “a practicing Wicken,” whose murder have “Satanic elements.”

One beginning held my attention more than the other – I’m gonna let you guess which one. Since the previous book left me hazy on some of the details, my expectations were lowered. This was going to be the book that could confirm my suspicions about the seeds, which were unceremoniously plopped in book one, that were signs of the potential of the overall story arc. It paid off – well sort of – those plot details started to take shape, small revelations kept the ball rolling and peaked my interest.

The further I went, the more interested I got. What was touched upon or implied before took on meaning. John, for example, became a far more interesting character in I Buried a Witch, he’s still kind of bully and controlling to red flags levels – Run, Cosmo, Run! Speaking of Cosmo, he’s a bit of a air head, isn’t he? I understand that he tries not to draw conclusions without hard evidence, but he sometimes dismisses good hypothesis or has an unexpectedly cavalier attitude with important information.

I Buried a Witch is a step up from Mainly by Moonlight – a tad more exciting and captivating – but it’s still not quite there. If I get to Bell, Book, and Scandal (Bedknobs and Broomsticks #3) it will be because I’m already in for pound at this point.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I Buried a Witch is available on The Book Depository, Smashwords, Amazon, Audible and other book retailers near you.

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