Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A murder mystery set in a boarding school for mages? Ok, I'll bite. The mystery part is slight, with more work done on character development than actual sleuthing; the magic part is very technical (no wands waving and faux-Latin being yelled) or used as a form of cosmetics. Most of the time Ivy is either drunk or hungover, which made me wonder how she could possibly solve this. In fact, her conclusions appear to be almost stumbled into rather than any serious investigating. I also wish more of the students had played a role. Overall, rounding up from 3.5.
eARC provided by publisher.