Death Be Blue by Katie Epstein
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 29 Sep 2017
My initial thoughts on Death be Blue were mixed. I thought it would be your run of the mill urban fantasy mystery. Once I got past the introduction, however, the novel improved immensely. The plot became more complex and the characters had more depth. Portiside City exists on a plane adjacent to earth. Here the fae, shifters, gifted humans and other beings live in harmony. Crime is policed by Enforcer Field Agents of the Portiside City Agency, such as Terra Vane and her partner Kaleb. The pursuit of a serial killer leads to the discovery of a dangerous drug and a conspiracy that may reach the highest level.
Terra Vane is a human psychic working for the Portiside City Agency. Like many human / female leads in urban fantasy novels she can be extremely stubborn, impulsive and reluctant to accept help. Terra doesn’t have a chip on her shoulder, she h...
Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 04 Oct 2017
If you enjoy the Miss Fisher Mysteries you will enjoy Vivian Conroy’s charming series featuring Lady Alkmene and reporter Jake Dubois. Set against the glittering backdrop of England in the 1920’s these stories have murder, suspense and just a hint of romance.
In Fatal Masquerade, Lady Alkmene accompanies her friend Denise to a grand party at her father’s estate. No expense is spared in preparing for the event, and a who’s who of business and aristocracy is expected to attend. Lady Alkmene’s first surprise is finding her friend Jake Dubois in attendance. Her second is finding yet another body - that of an insolent footman with an eye for the finer things in life and a taste for blackmail.
Vivian Conroy is a good writer of cosy mysteries, but I have to say her Lady Alkmene Demysteries are the best I’ve read so far. The plots are complex without being over complicated, and...