Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Last Chants

Posted on

Lia Matera’s latest Willa Jansson mystery boasts an energetic, though improbable, setup: San Francisco attorney Jansson comes to the rescue of an elderly, gun-toting family friend, whose assistant — a shaman named Billy Seawuit — has just been murdered. Suspects include Willa’s septuagenarian pal, the head of a local tech company who hired Seawuit as a consultant and his Amazonian wife, and, oh yes, the demigod Pan. It ends up being much ado about little, all set to a loopy New Age beat (get ready for drumming-induced vision questing). The real pleasure is Willa, who alternates between humor and annoyance at her predicament — and whose love-hate relationship with men strikes a chord with many female fans. If only the plot of Last Chants was as easy to buy. B-