Death & Magic by Steven J. PembertonMy rating:
A murder mystery in a set in a magical world, this book does indeed revolve around the two elements of its title. But it also focuses on Adramal, a young woman who leaves her home town to escape a difficult relationship with her father, and finds herself embroiled in events far beyond her understanding as she also has to deal with more typical teenage concerns like bullying and first romance.
There are hints at a great deal of epic history in this world, and I hope more of this will come out in the sequel. Overall, a great read, and I'm looking forwards to more.