Disclosure: I acquired the Kindle edition of this book when it was offered free on Amazon. I do not know the author nor have I ever communicated with her about this book or any other matter. I am an author of historical romance, contemporary gothic romance, and assorted non-fiction.
Trigger warning for an animal death.
Karen Hightower is a very serious Witch in 1990s New York City. This is not a cutesy little comedy mystery. In fact, it was more gruesome and gritty than I normally enjoy.
Her Witch name is Bast, and she frequents a lot of Neopagan, Witchy places in Manhattan, hangs out with Witches of a variety of traditions. One of her friends turns up dead, apparently killed by some form of magic, and Bast sets out to identify the killer. The big clue is that the victim's athame, or ritual dagger, is missing. Thus the qualification for this Bingo category. It could also have qualified for Amateur Sleuth since Bast knows the police can't be called in and she will have to solve this on her own. Or for Supernatural, or Spellbound.
This book is one of three in the Bell, Book, and Murder collection, which also includes Book of Moons and Bowl of Night. It's roughly 150 pages long; I read it comfortably in a few hours. The writing is fine and the presentation is fine.
But, if you're not already familiar with the practices of modern Witchcraft, a lot of the technical (?) aspects of the story may go over your head. That's why I only rated it 3-stars; I think a lot of readers just won't get it. If I weren't already reading tons of background information for Forgotten Magic, including many of the books casually referenced in Speak Daggers to Her, most of this wouldn't have meant anything to me at all.
I'm not sure if I'm going to read the other two books in the collection. Maybe, maybe not.