• Capital Murder

  • Arcane Casebook, Book 7
  • By: Dan Willis
  • Narrated by: Alex Knox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the FBI wants to sweep the murder of a US Senator under the rug, Alex Lockerby must navigate the halls of political power and corruption in order to catch a professional killer and uncover dark conspiracy that threatens the very foundations of government.

Hired by the widow of a murdered US Senator, Alex Lockerby is shocked to find out that she’s the only one who seems to want the crime solved. Between the local police and the FBI, everyone wants this case over and done with, even if they have to sweep it under the rug just to make it go away.

Not satisfied with the answers he’s getting, Alex dives into the world of high stakes power politics and the inherent corruption that goes with it. Quickly, he finds himself with more motives and suspects than he can manage, all while being pursued by a professional killer, a murderous thief, and a powerful crime lord from his past.

With time running out to find the true motive for the Senator’s murder, Alex must find the link between a bizarre theft, a missing alchemist, and legislation the murdered Senator was working on. If he succeeds, Alex might just have a chance to uncover a dark conspiracy that threatens the government itself, unless they get him first.

©2021 Dan Willis (P)2022 Dan Willis

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Can’t get enough

I love this series. I just can’t get enough. I hope the author lives a very long time and continues writing.

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I'm so confused...

After binging all seven books available in the series, I'm still not sure whether I love or hate this series.

There has to be something I love about it, I read seven books after all, but I also can't remember a time being so angry while listening to a story, often finding myself screaming at Lockerby within the safety or my psychotic mind at whatever bone-headed thing Lockerby would do next to invent conflict for himself...

I am just a sucker for detective noir. Especially with a genius (more on this soon...) detective protagonist. Honestly, if Lockerby was just a normal/ non-magical detective in a magical world, I think I'd enjoy this series a lot more... but...

But he's not. He's someone with magic who often finds himself in life or death situations. The amount of times this 'genius' finds himself caught flat-footed, without any means to defend himself (with reasons varying to not being arsed to create new defensive runes, not carrying a side-arm, shrugging off massive, glaringly obvious red-flags, not studying his all-powerful, super-secret rune book etc etc) is staggering. It's at the point where the only reason he's alive is because of plot armour - and I find that incredibly infuriating.

It often reads like the author can't put his protagonist in any kind of satisfying peril, so he has to conjure up maddening nonsense (that only gets more annoying as the series progresses and he doesn't LEARN) just to add some tension.


I can also do without the teen-level relationship melodrama.

I feel like I'm on a knife's edge with this one, teetering on the verge of dropping the series but still willing to give it a chance. We'll see how I feel when the next one comes out.

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  • Carrie
  • 04-01-22

completely hooked

love this series and it just keeps getting better. Alex knox brings Dan willis'characters to life in a way that is captivating. If these book's do not become a TV series I will be very surprised.
magic and 1930's detectives ! what's not to love?
The arcane irregulars book 1 runs on a parallel timeline to this book so now is the time to start that book if you want to keep the stories running.