Working as a freelance graphic designer and reading tarot cards on the side, white witch Karen "Bast" Hightower turns detective to learn why a close friend has died suddenly and must infiltrate New York's occult underground. Reprint. PW.
If you happen to have any knowledge of Wicca, Neo-Paganism, Gardnerian and all of the rest you should get a kick out of this book.
Bast is called by a friend and fellow coven member when a mutual friend dies. While handling all of the details Bast comes across some inconsistencies. Miriam, who we never see alive, recently joined a Russian based sect that boasts that their power struck her down when she tried to abandon the group. Bast investigates further and gets drawn into the sect.
There are two reasons that this book can be considered cross-genre. The first is that only a science fiction fan will get all of the science fiction jokes, plugs, analogies and whatnot the pepper the book liberally. The other is the element of magic. Because it is talked about in religious terms it is left to the reader to decide whether magic or coincidence plays a role in the events.
Rosemary Edghill is both a mystery and a fantasy author. However, I have one small problem with the book. While Bast continually uses science fiction references there is absolutely no mention of her reading or watching the stuff. Other than that I found it to be a very enjoyable book. You will probably find it in the mystery section although the spine is unlabeled.