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LUCY HERON

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Full Name: Lucy Heron
Series Name: Cast Files of an Urban Witch
Codename: Agent 485
Nationality: American
Organization: Silver Griffins
Occupation Agent

Creator: Martha Carr, Michael Anderle
Time Span: 2021 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

Lucy Heron is an agent with the Silver Griffins.

Now, we are not told a whole lot about the nature of the Silver Griffins. It is obviously a large organization because references to its L.A. office show it containing a large number of staff members, all of them scurrying around as they go about doing, well, whatever they are supposed to be doing. And that is just one office as we are led to believe that there are offices all over the world. Big group. Lots of responsibilities.

What the people of the Silver Griffins do is to keep order in the magic world. Yep, magic. Mind you, this is the same world you and I live in all without knowing that magical beings exist around us. Gnomes, elves, fairies, beings like that (I almost typed 'creatures' but that would have been rude). These and many more exotic lifeforms that we humans know about only because of fairy tales coexist with us and many of them have access to magic artifacts as well as innate abilities to do very strange things. And fighting to keep everything safe and orderly and, most importantly, beyond human awareness, is the organization that Heron belongs to, the Silver Griffins.

An important point here: despite the odd name for her employer, Heron is not a griffin. She is a witch. The tag line for her adventures let us know that she is an 'urban witch' who is 'fighting supernatural crime from a minivan while keeping the magical world a secret'. She is a very good looking human (well?!?) woman who lives in a very nice house in the nice neighborhood of Echo Park. She is married to Charlie, and is the mother of three children: Dylan, boy, 12, Ashley, girl, 8, and Eddie, boy, 3.

She is also Agent 485 with the Griffins. She has been an operative with that organization for over a decade when we first meet her and she is doing a fine job (well, not in her mind) balancing the duties of an undercover agent fighting magical infractions while also being part of the local PTA and baking. She is a whiz at baking.

BOOKS

Number of Books:8
First Appearance:2021
Last Appearance:2021

1 Secret Agent Mom Secret Agent Mom
Written by Martha Carr, Michael Anderle
Copyright: 2021

"Fighting supernatural crime from a minivan while keeping the magical world a secret is a fulltime job. Then there's the PTA bake sale and the neighborhood barbecue. Hard to balance even with a wand.
And now, a monstrous loan shark is spreading his shadowy empire from a hidden kemana. Mix in a tribe of ancient witches and tunnel-dwelling magical misfits. 
Turns out, Los Angeles is hiding a lot of secrets just underneath your feet. 
Can Lucy put the bad guys behind Trevilsom bars and still get home in time for family dinner?"
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2 The Mom Identity The Mom Identity
Written by Martha Carr, Michael Anderle
Copyright: 2021

"Silver Griffins Agent 485 Lucy Heron is on the trail of a string of magical thefts. But first, she has to pick up the kids from school. Talk about trying to find a life and work balance.
Dylan is in that awkward middle school phase when magic can turn a friend into a frog and back again. Did anyone notice? And third-grader Ashley keeps recruiting friends for her own secret agency to fight magical crime."
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3 One Mom Army One Mom Army
Written by Martha Carr, Assorted
Copyright: 2021

"Leave it to a Magical Mom to clean up the streets of the city of Los Angeles. Lucy Heron, Agent 485 is on the job, and trying to keep things together at home.
It’s not an easy job…. Especially when pipes are bursting, your kids are trying to solve crimes and a dangerous new monster is polluting the city. Gives a whole new meaning to the LA smog. More people, magical and mundane, are getting sick from breathing in the poisoned air. Do Lucy and her team have a way to fight back the invisible foe?"
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4 Rogue Mom Rogue Mom
Written by Martha Carr, Michael Anderle
Copyright: 2021

"Has anyone noticed Los Angeles is going to the monsters?? The City of Angels is under attack and the Silver Griffins are calling all agents. What monster is making the rounds and threatening to expose magic? Mr. No has returned and is invading dreams. The sinister Dwarf has figured out how to sap away magicals' dreams and aspirations. Silver Griffins Agent 485 Lucy Heron is on it!"
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5 Mom's The Word Mom's The Word
Written by Martha Carr, Michael Anderle
Copyright: 2021

"Magical medieval artifacts are on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They are the perfect target for magical thieves. Look out Lucy Heron. It's not the usual menace looking to steal a strange magical crown. Good thing Lucy and the Silver Griffins are on the case. Meanwhile, the Underfoot Brigade are on a case of their own. Monsters are in the underground tunnels. Time to find out why."
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6 Ogres and Mom Ogres and Mom
Written by Martha Carr, Michael Anderle
Copyright: 2021

"Lucy Heron knew Los Angles was a little weird, but dangerous magic is upping the ante and making art 3D.At first, it was just one incident, but trouble never stops there. Graffiti is peeling itself off the walls and starting fights on the streets of L.A.. Paintings are coming to life and stepping out of their frames. Tucked at the bottom of the art is the only clue - the tag, VX.Can the Silver Griffin Agent tag the art back before humans start to notice it's not part of a movie? And what is happening at a strange tattoo parlor? The Silver Griffins will need to cover the entire city to put a stop to it."

7 Mom's Got This Mom's Got This
Written by Martha Carr, Michael Anderle
Copyright: 2021

"It’s getting harder to keep magic hidden from the mundane population of Los Angeles. Good thing Lucy Heron and the Silver Griffins are working overtime to keep it a secret. Will it be enough?
More magicals are flexing their powers. Nuada Industries’ magical owner is trying to take out the competitors so he can grow his business. But something’s off about Finn Nuada. There’s something hinky about what he’s doing.
Meanwhile, the younger Herons have their own battle. The Underfoot Brigade have been finding ancient Tolderai sites. Will their discoveries help or hurt the Tolderai?"
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8 A Mom, A Wand, And A Mission A Mom, A Wand, And A Mission
Written by Martha Carr, Michael Anderle
Copyright: 2021

"Is it just a nightmare or a premonition? The suburban witch, Lucy Heron isn’t sure, but she has a bad feeling something is coming, not just for her family, but the entire city. Sometimes intuition isn’t wrong…
Shadow Men are on the prowl, trying to return the world to shadow by fulfilling a prophecy. A prophecy that would plunge Los Angeles, then the world, into darkness.
It could be the end of the world as humans know it."
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MY COMMENTS

No one has ever accused me of being what I would call a serious spy literature expert. I mean, I know all about all the series that are considered top of the line and I have enjoyed them and would agree with real experts' judgments. But ...

My goodness, how I enjoy a frivolous (not a bad word in this context) series crafted just to have fun. Would I compare Lucy Heron to George Smiley or Quiller? Nope. But then again, neither Smiley nor Quiller have had to deal with goblins.

I had such fun with this series. The books read so quickly and easily that except for time out for a lot of chortles, they flew by. Figuratively, of course.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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