Review – Death & Desire

Death & Desire book cover


Death & Desire


The Jezebel Files #2


Deborah Wilde


Urban Fantasy


Angel of Death.
Black market magic.
When you’re Ashira Cohen, smart is the new kickass.
When Ash is hired to solve her first murder, it seems like a perfectly normal, open-and-shut case of family feuds and bad blood. Until Ash discovers an evil magical artifact and her lead suspect is of the winged, white-robed, celestial variety. As if that weren’t bad enough, if she can’t find the perpetrator quickly, fourteen vials of lethal, ghostly magic will be sold to the highest bidder.
Her quest to figure out her Jezebel powers and find the shadowy organization responsible for stripping teens of their magic isn’t going any smoother, either. Can’t a girl just pursue her dream career without getting caught up in a mysterious destiny or playing a dangerous Sherlock-Moriarty game with her annoyingly hot nemesis?
But when Ash accidentally crosses the cunning and deadly Queen of Hearts, ruler of the magic black market, all those cases may go unresolved.
With the clock ticking, it’ll take all of Ash’s intelligence to survive with her moral center–and her head–intact.
The game is afoot and failure is not an option.


4stars rating

When the Queen of Hearts suggests you as a PI to solve a murder case, you may wonder what the hell you’ve just gotten yourself into. Spoiler alert: it ain’t anything good, especially when it involves a magical artefact that makes everyone a little crazier than usual!

Trying to solve a murder so Ash can get the vials with smudges back while trying to find more intel on Chariot, on the Jezebel team and on the Queen of Hearts herself isn’t really going all that well for her. Add to that the very complicated thing she has with Levi (don’t dare call it a relationship of any kind), yeah… really not going well.


Was great! I think what I liked the most was discovering all the different places/aspects of Hedon. I hope we get to see even more of it in the following instalments. As always, scenes and environments were clear and detailed enough to just go ahead and enjoy the story and not worry where the hell Ash is now.

Character development:

Was superb! There were a lot of fears, doubts, cravings etc going on and it all felt real. Ash has to deal with the lure from all the magic around her, just waiting to be sucked up like a milkshake. I really like that she manages to make the decisions (even if they are a lot harder) so that she can still face herself in the mirror afterwards. I mean, she does some crazy stuff, but she has a great inner guidance system going on.
As we learn more about the characters, we see more and more of who they really are, what they want in life and what they are willing to do to get there.
They all feel real and believable.

Pacing & Flow:

Were good. It slowed down a tad just after the start but before I started panicking, it picked it back up again and it was smooth sailing till the end.

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors and yes, there is sex described (if that is important to you).

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and I loved it! All the twists and turns (and there are many) keeps you on your toes and then there is Levi… *sigh* 😀
Snarky humor, a heroine that is as flawed as all of us and deals with it her own way, action à volonté and a dash of romance. The perfect mixture for success!