Whew, quite a mouthful. This is my review of Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher. As the title says, this is a very mixed-genre book that’ll appeal to anyone who isn’t a literary snob.

Harry Dresden is a wizard. In the mortal world, he makes ends meet by offering his services as a private investigator. He’s also a consultant for the police force, working on cases that have supernatural involvement. Think Psych with magic.

One day he receives a house call from a woman whose husband has gone missing without a trace. Almost simultaneously, he’s called on to investigate a gruesome double murder.

The best part of this book is its fast pace. Both the mysteries (plus a false framing, some flirting, comedy, and a spirited demon) are wrapped up in under 150 pages. The literary equivalent of a 20 minute sitcom episode. It’ll take longer than 20 minutes to read it, but you get the idea.

The worst part of this book is its predictability. No part of the story will evoke even the mildest surprise. It’s about as original as a Hardy Boys book. But I’d love to see this series on the small screen.

4/5, would read the rest of the series if super bored.



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