Mini-review: mystery, romance and sorcery in Whiddershins by Jordan L. Hawk


Widdershins was my first introduction into the series Whyborne & Griffin by Jordan L. Hawk. A series that has been long in my to-read mountain and now that I’ve read it I sure don’t know why I haven’t read it sooner. Something with waiting until there were more books?

Widdershins is a strong introduction in which we get to know Percival Endicott Whyborne. Philologist, scholar, quiet and all round introvert. A wallflower that hasn’t bloomed yet. That changes when he meets ex-Pinkerton agent Griffin Flaherty. Now a detective, Griffin is on the case and he has something that requires the skill of “I go by my last name” Whyborne. A snowball-effect starts from there and there is a mystery to solve, action, adventure and something starts to grow between Whyborne and Griffin.

I liked how a lot happens in this story, but it isn’t overwhelming or jumpy, but it well works into the whole of the story. It certainly isn’t a boring story. I also like how you see Whyborne grow throughout the story and let go of the past. He grows more sur of himself. At the same time, he’s not a doormat and I liked that. Griffin is more of a mystery. As the story is told from Whyborne’s first person pov, we only know what Griffin tells Whyborne and what Whyborne finds out on his own. Something tells me there is a lot more to this farmboy from Kansas turned Pinkerton turned private detective.

There was also a good cast of secondary characters, which makes this an all-round story.

Something tells me also that the rest of this series won’t be boring.

Whiddershins Book Cover Whiddershins
Whyborne & Griffin #1
Jordan L. Hawk
Mystery, Romance, Historic, Fantasy
December 4m 2012
Private colletion

Some things should stay buried.

Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.

So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.

As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?

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