Graphic Audio Review: Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic, #1) by Devon Monk

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Death and Relaxation Book Cover Death and Relaxation
Ordinary Magic, #1
Devon Monk
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Mystery
Graphic Audio
October 17, 2020
6 hours, 45 minutes


Monsters, gods, and mayhem....

Police Chief Delaney Reed can handle the Valkyries, werewolves, gill-men and other paranormal creatures who call the small beach town of Ordinary, Oregon their home. It’s the vacationing gods who keep her up at night.

With the famous rhubarb festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she's finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love.

No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god.

Catching a murderer, wrestling a god power, and re-scheduling the apocalypse? Just another day on the job in Ordinary. Falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to keep the secrets of her town secret? That’s gonna take some work.

Performed by Colleen Delany, Henry Kramer, Amanda Forstrom, Karen Novack, Nick DePinto, Matthew Bassett, Terence Aselford, Richard Rohan, Jason B McIntosh, Holly Vagley, Lolita Horne, Michael Glenn, Chris Genebach, Jessica Lauren Ball, Faith Potts, David Jourdan, Kimberly Gilbert, Michael John Casey, Joy Jones, Scott McCormick, Tony Nam, Eleanor Todd, Jonathon Church, Ken Jackson, Lise Bruneau, Zeke Alton, Chris Stinson, Elizabeth Jernigan, Bradley Smith.


Death and Relaxation is book one in the Ordinary Magic series by Devon Monk.

I’ve had my eye on the Ordinary Magic series for some time now. I’ve seen many good reviews recommending the series. When I found out it was also published as a full cast graphic audio I decided it was time to dive in.

If you don’t know yet what a Graphic Audio is its a Dramatized Adaptation with a full cast of narrators making it a movie for the mind.

The town of Ordinary, Oregon is anything but!

We are introduced to Delaney Reed and the Reed family. They have been the caretakers, law, and protectors of Ordinary since the begging. Their family has a big responsibility to protect both mortal and supernaturals.

Delaney is through into the deep end with her first big case and passing on a gods power to its next protector. She and her sisters work together to track down the perpetrator and solve the case. And, to make things more difficult Delaney’s ex-boyfriend comes into time along with her long-time crush. What’s a girl to do?

We’re treated to a light mystery, a dash of romance, and humor. Monk did a wonderful job creating the bonds between the people of Ordinary. I especially enjoyed the relationship between the Reed sisters.

The romance might or might not happen between her long-time crush. I was a bit upset with how he wants it and once he gets it he backs off and says we can’t be together. Its hurtful to Delaney, so I’m not a fan at the moment on the romance aspect.

Graphic Audio: The first time I listened to a GA I was surprised with how much I enjoyed the added sound effects and full cast of characters. Death and Relaxation is no exception. I had a blast with all the voices, each stood out, and the added effects added to the drama. The only thing I didn’t care for was the sound effect for the gods powers, when it wakes up, its a bit loud and distracting in the story.

I was surprised with how much I enjoyed Death and Relaxation. It was a decent start to the series and had some interesting things in it. I plan to continue listening to the Ordinary Magic series in Graphic Audios.

Rated: 3 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

4 comments on “Graphic Audio Review: Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic, #1) by Devon Monk

  1. I just blew through the Graphic Audios of the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews and this book was a sample at the back of one. I was interested so I’m glad to see what you thought of it.

    • I loved the Graphic Audio for Innkeeper Chronicles. This was a nice listen and I plan to listen on. Thanks for visiting!

  2. I really liked a few of Monk’s previous series. I have read this one and bought the rest in the series but haven’t fit them in yet. I hope to read a few on Graphic audio too. I haven’t tried that yet.
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    • I’ve had Monk on my TBR for a while now. I had this as a free ebook, but when I saw my library had the Graphic Audio I thought that’s the way to go. I’m going to keep listening and I’m glad the library cares them. Thanks for visiting and I’m looking forward to your thoughts the rest in the series.