Malcolm Pryce is one of my favourite mystery authors given his ability to effortlessly weave together complex plot threads within an absurdist framework. This new book – please let it be the start of a new series! – steps away from his Aberystwyth Noir roots and plonks us in post war England just before the nationalisation of the railway network. Jack Wenlock is the last ‘Gosling’, legendary railway detectives who dedicate their lives to serving the British public. Times are changing however and Jack’s job is set to be phased out. When a tenacious woman called Jenny tracks him down and asks […]
Meet Kera Watson. Barista. Ex-marine. Dog owner. Clipboard wielder. Her life was fairly boring until the day she intervened to protect someone and ended up dead….sorta. Her second chance at life, courtesy of Vig the Viking, saw her reincarnated as a Crow. Sure she has to follow the whims of a goddess and deal with a fairly crazy set of fellow Valkyries but she has a licence to kill, the strength to pull it off and a cute Viking crushing on her. What more could a girl want?
Aidan has always wanted Lily and she has always wanted him. Tragedy separated them 10 years ago but Lily’s come home to Cedar Ridge for work and Aidan’s determined not to let his second chance slip through his fingers.
When Prudence “Rue” Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, our favourite metanatural, scores a dirigible from her beloved adopted vampire father, she and a motley crew head off to India to source the perfect blend of tea. Naturally she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of epic proportions and just as naturally she manages to prevail against the odds.
I tried really hard to like this one as I have been a GhostWalker fan for years but I just couldn’t get past Wyatt’s behaviour. This one ought to have been a kick-ass book as Wyatt Fortenot had proven himself a cool secondary character in Night Game. This time round he claims the seductive Pepper and the three cute but deadly infants that she cares for.
Most well-bred 19th century ladies would have an attack of vapours if their financial prospects suddenly turned bad but Ophelia Flax and Prue Bright are American actresses rather than ladies and are made of sterner stuff. Ophelia wheedles jobs as maids for them in a fantastical Black Forest castle complete with Snow White’s cottage. Things take a turn for the worst when their employer’s husband is poisoned and Prue becomes the main suspect.
Jessica McClain is special. She’s the only female werewolf in existence and her mere presence is enough to send the wolves into a frothing frenzy. A mercenary hunts her down but he’s hot so Jessica decides being rescued isn’t in her best interests. Cue some cheesy dialogue and the kind of plot we’ve seen time and time again.
Sherry Crane gets drawn into the Immortal world when the perky Stephanie, mini-matchmaker in the making, tried to escape the big bad Leonius. When Sherry and Basil are informed they are both life partners, they don’t query it or get to spend much time together without the Argeneau bunch interfering.
Makenna aka Mac left her life as a seedy tabloid journalist behind to become North America’s only seer for SPI (a kind of Men in Black for supernatural creatures instead of aliens). A few gruesome murders sets the team off after a Grendel who intends to reveal the existence of supernatural creatures at Times Square’s New Years Eve celebrations.
Audrey Bloom once again finds herself in the midst of a murder. She’s been hired to design bouquets for a bell crazy bride on wedding reality tv show (try saying that three times fast). It ought to be a great opportunity for the store but the hosts are nowhere near as nice as they appear on camera. Audrey isn’t exactly surprised when the most obnoxious one is murdered but decides to intervene when her ex, Brad, becomes a suspect.