Apprentice wizard Adramal, daughter of a well-known wizard, is shipped off to a new magic academy, where her father won't hamper her magical growth. On her way, she finds herself involved in a murder investigation. The authorities believe a wizard has committed the murders -- something wizards are sworn against.
Part fantasy, part murder mystery, Death & Magic is an enjoyable read.
I remember saying something about this book to a friend who went, "Oh, magic student gets sent to a magical academy. Must be a Hogwarts ripoff." And I remember thinking, well, no, not at all. Adramal is adept enough that the authorities reluctantly bring her into their investigation, into a murder that happens in a nearby village. The school is set up differently from Hogwarts. And Adramal herself is no goggle-eyed magical newbie.
So my verdict is that it's worth a look. And hey, I see here that the author has written a sequel. Guess I'll have to add it to the TBR pile.