Review: Homecoming Homicide (Magical Bureau of Investigation #1) by Albany Walker

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Homecoming Homicide Book Cover Homecoming Homicide
Magical Bureau of Investigation #1
Albany Walker
Paranormal Romance - Reverse Harem
Albany Publishing
September 23, 2021
Kindle Unlimited


“Hey Frankie, we need ya.”

One phone call, five words, and I’m back in the town I swore I’d never return to.

Hill Crest Library smelled bad, and it wasn’t just the corpse in front of me causing it. The once beautiful building had fallen into disrepair over the past few years.

Belinda the new librarian was doing her best to clean it up, but a dead body wasn’t helping matters.

Dad needs help to solve the murder, so that’s what I’m here to do, then get out of town before anyone even knows I’m back

The case should be easy for an MBI agent, even a newly minted one like me, but before I can check into the hotel my three reasons for leaving, corner me in the lobby.

My life just got a lot more complicated.

Homecoming Homicide is a Cozy style Slow Burn RH with an adorkable Heroine and Three not so normal Fellas thrown into the mix.


Homecoming Homicide is book one in the Magical Bureau of Investigation by Albany Walker.

This is a new to me author and I’m not sure what I was expected from this reverse harem. With the series titled Magical Bureau of Investigation I think I was expecting more of a mystery with the romance coming into play in some way.

Frankie is an MBI agent and her father, who is the Police Chief, needs her help back home. She’s avoided going home for years, but returns to help him out.

I liked that each character has their own type of unique gift. I also enjoyed the MBI aspect and Frankie’s familiar.

What I didn’t care for was the reunion; between our lead Frankie and her three guys. Frankie was blindsided, kidnapped, isolated, and not given any space to do her job. The guys are bullies in different ways and give her half ass explanations on why they never made things right sooner. To top it off they expected her to drop the life she’s building and just pick up where things left off way back when. Now, I’ve read stuff were this has happened before and it’s worked, but this time around it just didn’t sit right with me.

Not much happens in the investigation department. It’s lacking in that area. Also, the story and resolution are not complete in this novel and you will have to pick up the next book to find out were things go and if the characters will reconcile.

Homecoming Homicide was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

Rated: 2 Stars

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12 comments on “Review: Homecoming Homicide (Magical Bureau of Investigation #1) by Albany Walker

  1. Thanks for your honest review. I might still read this one…

    • Happy Reading!

  2. Thanks for the review. I’m glad I don’t have to bother with this one.

    • You are welcome. I read the 3 book series and it didn’t get better. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Pushy romance characters get me irritated, too. Glad the rest of it was all to the good.
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    • It’s a 3 book series and I read it all. It didn’t get much better, but Frankie’s familiar was fun and enjoyable. The series wasn’t for me. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Thanks for sharing your review with me, Angela! Have a sunshiny day!

    • You are welcome. Thank you for visiting!

  5. Great review, Angela! I saw the cover/title and thought the same as you. I was thinking, yea a new paranormal mystery/UF to add to my list. But based on your review, I can tell this one isn’t for me.
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    • I read the full 3 books for the Magical Bureau of Investigations and it really didn’t get any better. The only memorable thing is the Frankie’s familiar. It didn’t turn out how I was expecting. Thanks for visiting and checking out my review.

  6. This sounds like one that I would love to read this fall season.

    • Happy Reading!