A.Z. Louise’s 2023 Off-Time Jive is a stand-alone fantasy mystery novella.
Old Magic is dangerous. New Magic is safer but is fueled by happiness and is the domain of African Americans (Negros in the vernacular of the 1920s when the novel is set). This is a problem for New Magic practitioner Bessie Knox, formerly of the Bronx Academy of Magic. Thanks to a recent magical calamity, Knox’s supply of joy is meagre.
Knox’s problems will only get worse.