The character is well-drawn with a strong voice. Definitely recommended. In this first in the series book, Thulu and Fiona have a detective agency that caters to those who are already dead. The In the classic form of the detective story, the client in this case comes to the detective agency with a seemingly simple case, find a missing locket. However, the cases are never that simple, and it soon becomes apparent that the locket is of great value.
Gabriel, an enemy of the client, wants to use the portal to open the way for supernatural creatures to come to Earth and feed on humans. Gabriel is an angel who threatens Thulu and Fiona and their families, so the stakes raise even higher. This is a different take on the usual type of detective story, and the usual type of fantasy novel. The typical "good and bad" characters are reversed which adds a unique component to the book where the reader has to envision a society where these roles are reversed.
It's a different concept that is likely to keep the reader reading a good mystery. There are three books in this series. When a local fortune teller announces that a couple is likely to divorce soon, everyone goes to the shop run by Carly Bel Hartwell for a love potion, one of her many potions.
Carly takes advantage of the rush in sales in the small town of Hitching Post, Alabama.
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However, the run on magic stops when a man is found dead in the shop, and Carly has to prove that she was not the person who bumped off the town lawyer, who was involved in investigating a case of embezzlement. Of course, she has the help of her ex-boyfriend, who happens to belong to the local police force and her family, many of whom also have special powers used in commercial ways. There are a number of cozy mystery series that involve witchcraft and good magic.
This is probably one of the best of them. The characters are charming and the mysteries are well-done. The fantasy aspects are important to the mystery, but do not overwhelm the series. This high-tension thriller starts off with a murder at the auction house, Sotheby's. The murder was apparently set off by an Iroquois ritual mask that is found next to the murder victim.
One of the main characters, Livia who is a vampire, was supposed to be allowed to view the mask before the auction, but she cannot since it is evidence of a crime. Her suitor, Spencer, is attacked by a wolf in Central Park before he can meet up with Livia. Fortunately, he's a vampire, so the damage is not lasting. Together with a Catholic priest, they begin to investigate the crimes. It soon becomes apparent that the mask, the murder and the wolf are related through a plot that would potentially destroy the world at the next full moon.
This is the second book in the series and the first to introduce werewolves to the series. The depth of the novel increases as the supernatural world that Thomas, Livia and Spencer live within. This series reads like a top-notch thriller with the addition of supernatural elements.
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Definitely worth checking out. Instead the state of displaced Jews is located in Sitka, Alaska. Chabon used real-life historical documents which suggested just such a plan to relocate the Jewish population. In the fictional world, the country of Israel was lost to the Arabs shortly after its inception and the plans moved these people to Alaska instead.
Against this intriguing backdrop Chabon creates the familiar alcoholic detective who finds a dead man in his flophouse with an unfinished game of chess as the only dying clue in the case. The detective involves his partner as the case turns into a matter with ties to the mafia and possibly the detective's ex-wife. The book was nominated in multiple genres, scoring a number of science-fiction award nominations because of the alternate universe presented in the novel, mystery award nominations for the mystery within.
Chabon is a Pulitzer winner for his other non-genre works, and he's made forays into mystery fiction before which his wife writes with novels about Sherlock Holmes and others. When a clown is murdered in Ankh-Morpork, it would appear that the funnyman had a secret, that Ankh-Morpork has a royal heir, who has not been informed of his role and has not served.
As a result, the kingdom has become chaotic with a troll vs dwarf war likely to explode at any time, and the new monarch serves as the Night Watch commander, and once under Sam Vimes whose ancestor killed the last monarch of the realm. Equal parts of humor and suspense will keep the readers reading and laughing through the book. The series of some Discworld books is widely popular and has been for nearly 25 years.
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There are spin-offs, short story collections and the like. The author was knighted in and passed away in His creations live on. Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens to find her husband, who is a werewolf, howling uncontrollably before he rushes out of their home and disappears. Alexia has her own powers. She was born without a soul and therefore can transform supernatural creatures into humans temporarily, and can exorcise ghosts.
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Soldiers decide to investigate the disappearance upon the order of no-less-than Queen Victoria. Alexia must travel to Scotland in a dirigible of all things and learn about her husband's past while trying to navigate the world of pack dynamics for werewolves. This book does end with a cliffhanger that almost forces the reader to continue the series, but it doesn't take away from the sparkling wit and supernatural world presented here.
This is a delightful series that merges together the 19th century novel of manners with an all-out supernatural adventure. The series is called the parasol protectorate, giving a nod to the fact that Alexia Maccon relies heavily on this weapon for her protection. Well worth a read. The book is set in an alternate universe where Richard the Lion-Hearted did not die in Instead he went on to procreate and his heirs rule a combined Anglo-French empire. In this book, the pair visit the convention of healers and sorcerers in London, and when one of the conventioneers is the victim in a locked room murder, Sean is accused of the crime and is thrown in the Tower of London, of course.
Darcy manages to get his sidekick out as bodies pile up, and the pair have to come up with a solution to a tricky murder. The thought that went into creating this world is phenomenal. There's no Reformation or Martin Luther because of the change of events, and other marked changes to society are noticed because of the prolonged life of Richard. Definitely worth checking out for the strong mystery elements with an impossible crime. Well done locked room murders are to be savored. Kan Savasci: a legend, a warrior, a mage… hero and villain. Tears of a Heart marks the tale of a young man, Aeden, who unwittingly shapes the world.
The writing is beautiful, layered, and timely. Chase Blackwood weaves an intricate tale that hints at so much more. And that may be its greatest challenge. Tears of a Heart, the first book in the series, was beautifully written, and interesting.
It shows us an amazing world filled with detail and depth, but for a portion of it, just a touch slow. The writing, such beautiful writing, overshadows this, as does the ending. Tower of the Arkein , the next book in the series, is where the story truly begins to unfold, and where Chase Blackwood shines as an author. It is fast paced, full of action, adventure, and love. A very strong entry in the fantasy genre, and if the next book is equally as good, expect it to make quite a splash. You can buy on Amazon now.
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Rossignol French for nightingale which is where the title comes from is missing. She was once a happy singer, but since meeting the Cavendishes, who run their own management company, she has begun to sing only the saddest of songs. These songs are so tragic that the audience members frequently off themselves after a performance.
She only performs in the small part of London where magic and the supernatural exist. However, when John Taylor, the private eye with the unique ability to find anything, has been hired by Rossignol's parents and must looking for her, the Cavendishes have gone missing, and he has to meet up with this modern day Medusa and possibly pay with his life. Taylor also has his own problems in that the powers-that-be want him to pay for shutting down the power grid in the magical part of London.
This series has a strong mystery presence in it, and each book has its own stand-alone mystery plot. These books are well-written and thought-provoking. Definitely worth looking up this series. Zoe Miller is an archaeologist at first glance, but she's also a member of the Fangborn, an organization of werewolves and other supernaturals. The Fangborn fights evil, and Zoe needs their help after her cousin is kidnapped by a Russian baddie.
The mythical creatures take some getting used to; they're not the same movie tropes that the readers are used to. It turns out that the kidnapping was done to bring Zoe out in the open to help retrieve Pandora's Box, which still has its potential to end the world as it's known. Therefore, the Fangborn with the help of Zoe, who has claimed her past, must fight against those who would destroy the world.
Dana Cameron continues to win award after award for her Fangborn series. She's written a number of short stories that continue to be nominated. This is the second book in Jones' series, and the book has a thriller edge to it. At the outermost regions of the kingdom, young men are going missing and are later found dead. The authorities believe that only a few men have died, but in fact the number is much higher.
Dubric Byerly, head of security at Castle Faldorrahm, know the exact number because he's cursed to have all the victims' ghosts follow him around. So when the latest victim's ghost doesn't not show up to demand justice, he knows the young man must still be alive but Dubric knows that it's just a matter of time before the killer ends the young man's life. He has to act fast to find the killer before he strikes again. Jones uses a unique set of skills to allow the characters to handle some forensics in the book, not what would be expected in a fantasy novel where the characters feel more medieval than modern.
This is the second book in the series, but all the books are recommended to anyone who likes fantasy. Patricia C. America must confront Islamic terrorism with full force. What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the terrorist attack. Rapp then moves on to Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.
Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue…or Theo himself.
Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts—before he becomes its prey? Lastly, a classic from Jo Nesbo: The Snowman is still a popular title. One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow.
But this is a killer who makes his own rules.
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