Review: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

August 14, 2013 Reviews 4 Comments

Review: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa BornikovaThis Case is Gonna Kill Me by Philippa Bornikova
Series: Linnet Ellery #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tor on 4 September 2012
Pages: 320
Reading Challenges: 2013 Bachelorette Challenge
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I’m not sure why the blurb says this book is like Anita Blake’s series as it is more like The Pelican Brief where conspiracies abound. This Case is Gonna Kill Me centres around Linnet, a bright young thing working at a prestigious law firm. She hopes to one day become a partner but her species (human) is her biggest problem. Hiring her was a political move on the part of one of the partners which the others resented. Instead of sinking her teeth into juicy cases, she’s assigned to an unpopular lawyer named Chip whose career prospects are non-existent. When a werewolf attacks and murders Chip, Linnet inherits his cases and the enmity of whoever had Chip killed.

Many would crumble when faced with the kind of hostility Linnet endures at work. She however finds a way to assert herself and prove she is worthy of the job. There is one scene where she takes on a particularly sleezy male that made me want to shout “brava”. I liked that Linnet remained a fairly fragile as human. All she had to protect herself was her wits yet she survived a number of vicious physical and social attacks.

Bornikova’s world is really interesting. Supernatural creatures revealed their existence in the 1960s and the humans couldn’t do much about it as the supes were entrenched in the upper echelons of society. Lawyers? Vampires. Military? Werewolves. Actors? Fae aka Alfar. By 2010 (when the novel is set), the legal system has caught up and Chip’s case is a prime example of this. There is quite a bit of info dumping, probably because this is the first in the series. Unfortunately some of it affected the pacing more than I would have liked and didn’t value add. There is a strong feminist vibe that runs through this novel and although I expect that from many urban fantasies, it was interesting to see it play out in a legal setting.

This is a really enjoyable blend of legal drama, mystery, suspense and urban fantasy.

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