Audiobook Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

Posted February 26, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 22 Comments

Audiobook Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye WellsSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
Narrator: Morgan Hallett
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins

Date Read: January 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

The first in an all-new urban fantasy series by USA Today bestseller Jaye Wells.

The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlierโ€”on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.

More Information:
Publisher: Orbit, Recorded Books
Series: The Prospero's War #1

Also by this author: Red-Headed Stepchild, Cursed Moon


Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished:ย Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells was a great mix of Urban Fantasy and Mystery! In other words, I dug it.

Story Thoughts: Fact: I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers. I get excited about good old fashioned detective work. So when I heard that Jaye was doing a UF meets Mystery book, I got excited. She did not disappoint! The mystery was solid, well thought out, and most of the case solving came from tracking down the clues through working the scene/beat/players! I am always a little worried that “paranormal” elements will be used too much to solve a case in a paranormal/mystery mix but there was a great balance here. There were all the UF elements people love so much: world building, action, and snappy dialogue. Overall this was just a good mix of both worlds and I am excited to see where the series goes from here.

Character Thoughts: Kate is an interesting leading lady. She is strong, independent, stubborn, loyal, and at times a little unlikable. She is a good cop, a good sister, and a good friend. She is also quick at learning on the job. I think the longer she is with the team (Magical Enforcement Agency) the more she will fit in with them. Here is where I think the characters shined: I really liked the MEA task force! They were a great group of characters and hopefully as the series progresses we learn more about them.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Morgan Hallett / Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins

This was my first Morgan Hallett book and I thought she did an excellent job. The pacing and tone of the story was well matched to her voice! The character voices were well done (male and female)with just enough uniqueness to tell who was talking at all times. There were one or two voices that took a bit to get used too but other than that I think the narration was spot on. I will be continuing this series in audio.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed Dirty Magic and can’t wait for Kate’s next adventure!

Note: Yes I am ignoring the setup for a love triangle. The romance won’t be the main reason that I am reading this series.


FTC Disclosure


Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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22 responses to “Audiobook Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

  1. I think I especially liked that this was a lot more procedural, rather than just some random out kicking ass and taking names (though I love that, too). I liked the MEA, too! Interested to see where this is all going to go.

  2. Yippee. It was lots of fun. It had me thinking Castle & 21 Jump Street (TV) & Breaking Bad. Loved seeing a new great witch-ish woman that is strong enough to co-exist with Rachel Morgan. Bring on the next one.

  3. I really liked this one, but I’m not sure about the love triangle, I hope it doesn’t take center stage in next books.
    I haven’t listened to anything narrated by Morgan Hallett, but I’m going to check her out.

    • I am hoping that it doesn’t take center stage either. I can ignore triangles if they are a small part of the story. I have given up on series because of them though. Plus, I just don’t want her with either guy. I thought one would make a better partner/friend and the other makes a better foil.

  4. So true about the leading character having at least SOME unlikable characteristics. We just wouldn’t be able to relate to her if she was perfect. I am also pretending there is not going to be a love triangle. I am in denial right now. I so don’t want to see that happen.

    • They have too! If they don’t then they are too perfect. Especially when you have a career like a cop or something. You need to have some edge that doesn’t work well with everyone.

  5. I think my mother in law would really enjoy this series Felicia! She loves a good mystery:) I’m glad to hear the paranormal elements don’t provide any kind of convenient solution to the case, that would definitely be frustrating and would cheapen the overall story. Going to recommend this one to Cathy for sure!

    • I think she would too. It is 80% case/world building/dialogue. It does have a bit more world building in it than a typical mystery but I imagine that will taper off in the books to come.

    • It was a pretty good mystery wrapped up in Urban Fantasy elements. Not quite as thrillerish as say a Karin Slaughter book but on par with Elizabeth Lowell type of mystery.

  6. I loved this book, and I think you’re right–Kate is unlikable at times, but the unlikable characters are always my favorite. It’s one of my quirks LOL. I’m like, you can keep Elizabeth Bennett, and I’ll take Emma Woodhouse ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you liked it!

    • I think good leading characters need to be unlikable at times. It makes them more relatable (at least to me). They need to have an air of not being perfect ๐Ÿ™‚