Be gay, solve crime, take naps—A witty and quirky fantasy murder mystery in a folkloric world of witches, faeires, vampires, trolls and ghosts, for fans of Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey and T. J. Klune's Under the Whispering Door.
A magical serial killer is stalking the Occult town of Wrackton. Hypnotic whistling causes victims to chew their own tongues off, leading to the killer being dubbed the Whistler (original, right?).
Enter the Undetectables, a detective agency run by three witches and a ghost in a cat costume (don’t ask). They are hired to investigate the murders, but with their only case so far left unsolved, will they be up to the task?
Mallory, the forensic science expert, is struggling with pain and fatigue from her recently diagnosed fibromyalgia. Cornelia is suddenly stirring all sorts of feelings in Mallory. Diana is hitting up all her ex-girlfriends for information. And not forgetting ghostly Theodore: deceased, dramatic, and also the agency’s first – unsolved – murder case.
With bodies stacking up and the case leading them to mysteries at the very heart of magical society, can the Undetectables find the Whistler before they become the killer’s next victims?
About the Author
Courtney Smyth (they/them) is a chronically ill writer of stories, both long and short, from Dublin, currently living in the West of Ireland. They have had a number of short stories published in Paper Lanterns Literary Journal, and appeared in The Last Five Minutes of a Storm anthology from Sans Press. They have been writing about ghosts, demons and murders since they were ten and have no plans to stop. They can be found yelling about books on Twitter and Instagram @cswritesbooks.
"a compulsively readable race against the clock to stop a supernatural killer - downright delightful and unapologetically queer." Polygon.com
"Unputdownable. Grim and caring, twisted and witty, The Undetectables is gripping and charming in equal measure. You won't want to leave Wrackton, while also being really glad you don't live there." - Deirdre Sullivan, author of Savage Her Reply
“If you’re looking for a mystery that makes you think, mixed with a healthy dose of supernatural, diverse representation and some of the best dialogue I’ve seen in a long time then [...] The Undetectables is the book for you.” Geeking By
“I got so invested in these characters and by the last page I simply did not want to leave them behind. I’ll take a hundred more cases that need to be solved by the Wrackton gang, even if I need to commit them myself.” Read By Ross
“It feels like if Halloweentown, Charmed and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder had a baby as a group of 20 year olds reunite to find [a] magical serial killer [who] starts targeting their small town.” Ace Reader
“An urban fantasy that feels light but has a lot of heart, with a fantabulous cast and oddly adorable glowing beetles, The Undetectables is my new favourite friendship-fantasy. I strongly advise you not to miss out on it!” Every Book a Doorway
“This book was addictive and I found myself unable to put it down! It was impossible for me not to love this group of friends who each bring their own to The Undetectables. Not only do we get a lot of representation in this book but each character is unique and incredibly realistic and relatable.” Once More With Reading
"An entertaining, light-hearted mystery novel with an engaging group of characters and a solid sense of worldbuilding ... this could be the auspicious start of a new fan-favourite series." Set The Tape
“Unapologetically queer and diverse with the perfect vibes for spooky season!” Quinty Narings (NetGalley)