Friday 8 May 2015



Hecate Sidlaw eats punks like you for breakfast -- at least that's what her familiar Henry claims. When someone needs a protection spell or a nasty hex, they knock on her door. Hecate can handle most magical problems, but what happens when a new crime kingpin gets a magic man of their own?

This 20-page ebook single is the first in a new series from the author of WHITE RABBIT, OWL STRETCHING, and the CHASTITY FLAME thriller series.

“Laity has been proving for quite some time now that her noir prose ranks right up there with the likes of Meg Abbott, Dorothy B. Hughes, and Sara Paretsky.” ~ Vincent Zandri

“Laity knocks your socks off with the language and also with the dialog.” ~ Les Edgerton

“Laity is probably a figment of her own imagination, and what an imagination that is! A witty and inventive wordsmith. A natural storyteller. A one off!” ~ Paul D. Brazill

“Laity mixes genres in ways that are always rewarding… a compelling writer who is utterly readable.” ~ Richard Godwin

Mindset - get some short reads into the month early and keep the scoreboard ticking over. So having read K. A. Laity last month, albeit under her Graham Wynd moniker - Extricate, and after seeing a blog post from the lady herself, shouting it was free on Amazon for a day or two, I downloaded this 22 page short story concerning witches.

It would be fair to say, witches are not usually a topic that crops up particularly often in my reading. (Having married my lovely lady wife, many years ago and thus inadvertently found myself related to one by proxy, I've tended to steer clear of the breed…….only joking, my mother-in-law is a lovely lady and yes having no real desire to be turned into a frog, I would say that, wouldn't I.)    

Witches, spells, talking cats, broomsticks, a hostile priest, a knowing nun, a dragon and a complicit constabulary. Our white witch, Hecate Sidlaw with the assistance of Sister Julian restores peace and tranquility to our small setting.

Different, a bit quirky but entertaining. I think when I read short stories I sometimes have a tendency to zip from start to destination, without appreciating the scenery on the way.

Laity’s writing doesn't allow you to……..  

Magic is an art. Leave it to the professionals— unless you want to be picking up stray limbs when your attempt to turn Aunt Miriam into a newt goes awry. It’s happened. I know: I've had to reanimate a corpse or two in my time. They’re never the same and the family, however grateful, never pays you enough to make it worth all the bother. Ain't that a kick in the cauldron?


The client looked like he hadn't slept in a week. Dark circles hung below his eyes like the shadows of twin moons in their last quarter.

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If witches are your bag there are a couple more tales in the Hocus Pocus seriesToil & Trouble and Charms O’erthrown.

K.A. Laity has her website here.

Recently acquired on Amazon UK as a freebie. 


  1. Oh, very glad you enjoyed this, Col. I'm not generally one for witches and spells either, but when a writer is talented enough to draw you in, that's what matters!

  2. Col, I'm tempted to add this story to my own short story festival for May. Fantasy crime sounds good to me.

    1. I reckon you could squeeze this one in quite handily!

  3. Sounds fun! Outside my usual reading, but at 20 pages could take a chance...

    1. Ditto - when have I ever read about witches before?
      But hey, why ever it's a lot shorter than Harry Potter!

  4. This would be a good one for Halloween. I will be trying White Rabbit before I venture further with this author.

    1. I think you might get to White Rabbit before me, I keep changing my mind on what to read this month, so I'm sure to let it slip back down the pile!