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Reviewed by Paula García Lasa for Readers' Favorite
Magic is just something for which you have not found a rational explanation. At least that is the motto of Calec of the Woods, the main character in R.M. Schultz's Knights, Necromancers, and Murder. A shadow lurks in Red Pike’s Landing, a town where a killer runs rampant. Every murder has witnesses, but none of their stories matches. There seems to be just one possible answer that travels in a whisper through the town's streets: magic. Calec is determined to find the rational explanation behind it. Will he find it, or will magic be involved after all?
There is a common misconception about mystery books in that many authors believe they have to twist the story entirely at the end to surprise the reader. That assumption is wrong. A good mystery book should lay the hints right before the reader but hidden, so it is not until the very end that they can connect all those tiny details. R.M. Schultz manages to do this perfectly in his book, Knights, Necromancers, and Murder. The plot develops like a lingering web, amazingly well knit. It slowly ties up loose ends and unravels all the knots. The different points of view allow the story to acquire a depth not seen in many mystery books. It is an ambitious and bold move, but luckily a successful one. Each character's narrative is unique: the way they tell what happens is affected by who they are. The result is excellent. I would strongly recommend this book to fantasy lovers who enjoyed the book/show The Witcher and are looking to stray a little bit from the pure fantasy genre.