A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca

I stumbled across A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca on one of my regular trawls through NetGalley and became intrigued by both the cover and description, which is always a good sign. The book is the first in the Maradaine Constabulary series, set in the fictional port city of Maradaine and following the investigative struggles of its police officers. This brings us to our two main characters, Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling, who are put together as partners at the beginning of the book. Satrine is new to…

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Although I had wanted to read In the Shadow of Blackbirdssince I saw it on a blog somewhere, I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened it. The synopsis is intriguing but it doesn’t give a whole lot away – which I came to see as a good thing the further I read. Mary Shelley Black lives in a time of upheaval and her personal life isn’t any less hectic; her mother isn’t around, her father has been imprisoned as a traitor, and her sweetheart, Stephen, has left to…

Shifting Selves

[color-box]Shifting Selves by Mia Marshall (Elements #2) Match Books (April 2013), Ebook: 342 pages, Urban Fantasy / Mystery Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] So I guess Carolyn, my lovely boss here at BCC, picked up on my not-so-subtle plea to review book two in the Elements series, Shifting Selves, last month, because I found it right at the top of my to-review list come August. As you can imagine, if you read my review of August’s BCC Book of the Month, Broken Elements, I just about did…


[color-box]Broken Elements by Mia Marshall (Elements #1) Match Books (Feb 2013), Ebook: 332 pages, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Mystery Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] I am going to try extremely hard not to gush about this book, but it will be difficult. Truth is, I’m hooked. I’ve drunk the kool-aid. The world of Broken Elements seeped into my mind, sucked me into its world, and left me with a serious book hangover. If you can’t tell, I was kind of impressed. At the beginning of Broken Elements we meet Aidan and Sera,…

Janni Nell - Allegra Fairweather

Allegra Fairweather (Allegra Fairweather Mystery #1) by Janni Nell Carina Press (June 2010) | Ebook, 205 pages Paranormal Mystery I’m pretty used to the first person narrative and some of my favourite series are from the first person perspective, so while reading this book I couldn’t help comparing it to them. What I found frustrating was that Casper (Allegra’s guardian angel and love interest), seemed to have an interesting back story. We’re told a little bit but not much, and I really wanted to know more about him and his life as…

Juliet Blackwell - Secondhand Spirits

Secondhand Spirits (Witchcraft Mystery #1) by Juliet Blackwell | Signet (July 2009) Paperback, 313 pages | Paranormal Mystery Secondhand Spirits is a cosy paranormal mystery. It’s warm, inviting and cute. I had fun reading this book, the first in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. Lily Ivory is a witch who has settled down in San Francisco after moving around for many years. She owns a vintage clothes shop and is enjoying putting down some roots and has even begun to make friends, especially with her two co-workers, Maya and Bronwyn….

Victoria Laurie - What's A Ghoul to Do-

What’s A Ghoul To Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery #1) by Victoria Laurie | Signet (April 2007) Paperback: 292 pages | Paranormal Mystery I’ve had this series on my shelf for a long time, and as it was All Hallow’s Eve and I fancied a mystery I thought it was a good time to start Victoria Laurie’s Ghost Hunter Mystery series. I really enjoyed Laurie’s writing. It’s a nice easy writing style and the pages flew by pretty quickly. The characters are fun, especially MJ’s African Grey parrot who sits on her shoulder…


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