Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson
In 1760s Boston, there is trouble brewing, and it’s not just the upcoming tea party. A young and beautiful girl from a wealthy family has been murdered mysteriously. It isn’t only a mystery as to who killed her and why—the bigger mystery is how. There’s not a mark on her body. It seems as though it was done by magic, and, in D.B. Jackson’s Thieftaker world, magic is a definite possibility.
Ethan Kaille is a thieftaker and also a conjuror—not a witch. He’s clear on that although the authorities don’t know or care about the difference which is why he keeps quiet about it. He can conjure many useful things: healings, shields, attacks, invisibility…. But nary a one is complete proof against his enemies, of which he has many. After all, Ethan is not the only thieftaker in the city. His main business rival, Sephira Pryce, is ruthless, powerful, and, incidentally, gorgeous. But she’s no conjuror so the girl’s death must be solved by Ethan. That doesn’t mean Sephira is happy about it though. Lovely though she is, she is also vindictive and deadly. Deadlier still is the sorcerer who cast the killing spell, and he—or she—is hot on Ethan’s trail.
Thieftaker is a fast-paced, magical, historical noir novel with memorable characters and darkly-imagined world peopled. A page-turner, it’s perfect for mystery fans who like their heroes dashing if a bit ramshackle and their streets—though mostly dirt and cobblestoned—mean if not downright wicked.
Ethan Kallie’s adventures continue in Thieves’ Quarry.