Review - Cunning Devil by Chris Underwood

Cunning Devil by Chris Underwood
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Series: Lost Falls #1
Publisher: Chris Underwood
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Date Read: December 9, 2019
Length: 9 hours and 33 minutes
Source: Author via Audiobook Boom
Breaking curses. Battling witchcraft. Revenge. All in a day's work for Ozzy Turner, folk wizard.

Is a witch throwing curses your way? Something scary scratching at your window in the night? Then, I've got just the charm for you.

Mostly, though, I find things. Lost treasures, missing loved ones...if you need something found, I'm your guy.

So, when a grieving father hired me to track down a family heirloom stolen by a sticky-fingered hobgoblin, I was happy to help.

No one was supposed to wind up dead. Especially not me. But they made a mistake when they put a bullet in my stomach and left me for the worms. They didn't bury me deep enough....

If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Shayne Silvers, M.D. Massey, or Orlando A. Sanchez, then you'll love taking a trip to the sleepy town of Lost Falls, where not everything is as it seems.
My Review

Every once in a while I am lucky enough to stumble upon a book that really impresses me.  This was one of those books.  I decided to give this book a try simply because it sounded like it had some promise and I am always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series to try.  Once I started listening, I quickly realized that this was going to be a book that I wouldn't want to put down.  I really enjoyed every moment that I spent with this book.

I loved this story's setup.  Ozzy is a cunning man who is also very resourceful.  He tries to help others when he can.  He decided to help a man find a family heirloom even though the job isn't going to pay well.  And that's when things really start to go wrong.  Ozzy will risk losing everything to get to the bottom of this case before long.

I loved the characters in this book.  I found myself liking Ozzy right from the start.  I loved getting a chance to see what he thought and see how his mind works.  Besides Ozzy, there were plenty of other great characters.  Ozzy's mentor, Early, kept me guessing and the Dealer was intriguing yet creepy.  I loved the variety of beings that show up in this book include hags, goblins, hobgoblins, and changelings just to start. 

The story had plenty of action and moved at a pretty fast pace.  I was completely drawn into the mystery and couldn't wait to see how things would work out.  The book took a lot of turns that I didn't expect and I loved the fact that it kept me guessing. 

Gary Bennett did a fabulous job with the narration.  I really felt like he brought this story to life.  He used a variety of voices for all of the different characters and made everything sound very natural.  He had a very pleasant voice that I found easy to listen to for hours at a time.  I think that his performance added to my enjoyment of the story.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a great start to a very promising series.  The characters, the mystery, and the world-building were all very well done.  I cannot wait to read more of this series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Audiobook Boom and have voluntarily left this review.
About the Author

Chris Underwood spends an unhealthy amount of time in his imagination. Luckily, his partner and daughter are very tolerant. He writes the kind of urban fantasy he has always loved: stories set in perilous, darkly beautiful worlds filled with magic, monsters, and just a touch of hope.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook


  1. This sounds like a great start to a new series. And with a fun cast of characters!

  2. I'm not sure if I've heard of this series before, but it sounds awesome. So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. This is a new series to me and I have to say, I think Ozzy sounds great!

  4. Folk wizard. That's a new one. I love his name too!

  5. I can't wait to listen to this one. I received a free copy for review.

  6. Another UF series to try! Fabulous review Carole!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  7. He was killed? Whaaat, quite the premise

  8. Ozzy sounds like a good guy that you cannot put down for long XD

  9. This is the type of book I'd usually snap up but I'm struggling with the genre right now!

  10. It's great to find a book that you really like.

  11. What a great kick-off for a new series! Glad you got so much out of this one.
    I've read two good witchcraft themed novels this month. Is there a new trend starting?

  12. It's great to find a new series like that!

  13. this is a new to me series and author. your great review makes me feel this is one that would work in a great way for me too
    sherry @ fundinmental

  14. I like the sounds of the fast paced mystery this one has!

  15. I am always on a look out for a new good UF as well, will have to add this to my list :D


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