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Another One Bites the Dust by Chris Marie Green

Another One Bites the Dust: Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire by Chris Marie GreenIntrepid ghost heroine, Jensen, returns in Another One Bites the Dust, book two in the highly original Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series. Picking up a few weeks after the events of book one, Jensen and her ghost friends, along with still-alive psychic Amanda Lee, attempt to make the best of their situation: realizing that even though they uncovered a killer, a dark spirit of some sort was released through a portal in the process. As a result, not only do they have the dark spirit to contend with, but also the ire of Wendy, the young woman (able to see and speak with ghosts) upset with Jensen for having gone inside the head of her older brother, Gavin, numerous times to determine whether or not he was the murderer of Amanda Lee’s lover (he was not). Read More »

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne RiceIt has been years since Akasha tried to destroy the vampire nation descended from her, but was thwarted by Lestat, the other vampires of the Coven of the Articulate, and the ancient twins, Maharet and Mekare. Now, a new Voice is rousing old vampires from their sleep, pushing them to destroy the younger generations the world over. Read More »

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson) by Darynda JonesCharlotte “Charley” Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper, is back for Seventh Grave and No Body, the next in Darynda Jones’ sassy Grave series.

In this seventh installment, Charley investigates a string of seemingly unconnected suicides. Her investigation is hampered by the threat of a pack of slavering hellhounds sent by Satan himself to rip the reaper to shreds. Not even Reyes, her steamy fiancée (who is, coincidentally, the Son of Satan) knows how to fight the dozen demon dogs. Read More »

Undone Deeds by Mark Del Franco

Undone Deeds (Connor Grey) by Mark Del FrancoIn the sixth novel in the Connor Grey series, Mark Del Franco takes the reader deeper into the escalating situation between the Elves and the Faerie contingents, and now things are right on the brink of war. Disabled druid, Connor, always seems to make more enemies than friends, including the Murdocks–with the exception of Leo Murdock, Connor’s steadfast friend in the Boston Police Department Homicide division. Connor is wanted by the authorities in the aftermath of the Guildhouse’s destruction and the death of the Elven King, even though he actually saved lives in the situation. Read More »

A Stake In Murder by Donald Allen Kirch

A Stake In Murder by Donald Allen Kirch“Don’t talk to your food,” the vampire Anton keeps reminding himself. It is good advice that he has difficulty following, because, after all, eating should be fun. The fun ends, however, when he is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Phoenix and is staked and his body burned. At least it seems that is an ending to Anton, until several years later in Los Angeles when a series of murders sets off an alarm in the Special Investigations Unit of the FBI. Read More »

The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel by L. Jagi Lamplighter

The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel L. Jagi LamplighterWhen we last saw Rachel Griffin, she was decompressing after the exciting events of her first week at Roanoke Academy. Participating in epic battles and seeing her friends and instructors wounded and dying affected Rachel deeply, and she was even more aware of her mediocre progress in the study of magic. After agreeing to be Gaius’s girlfriend, she discovered that her family disapproved greatly of a thirteen-year-old having a boyfriend, and especially one who had publicly humiliated her brother, Peter. Read More »

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale (Dark Quest Books) by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-MohamedTo a young Persian, England was a cold, wet, unwelcoming place. As the second son of a jewel trader, his prospects were dim as his brother would eventually inherit the business and become head of the family. Fortunately, his father recognized his talent and great skill with mechanics and Baba Ali was sent to England to apprentice under a Professor of Mechanics and an Artificer. Although he desperately missed his father and the warmth of his homeland, Baba was sustained by his faith in Allah and the grand opportunity to learn and tinker with all things mechanical. Read More »

Rogue Soul by Linsey Hall

Rogue Soul (The Mythean Arcana) (Volume 3) by Linsey HallThe Underworld of the Celtic Gods is a cold, emotionless place. Once they freely roamed the Earth, taking their pleasures and exercising their powers with wild abandon. However, now they are confined to their Underworld, tied by their own laws and living in a state of cold perfection. For one who had once been mortal, the world of the Gods feels more like a prison and after two thousand years of such imprisonment, Ana, Celtic Goddess of War, is willing to risk everything to escape it and return to the world of the mortals. In order to do so, though, she has to enlist the help of the very man whose life she took to attain Godhood. Read More »

Death Goes Postal by Larry and Rosemary Mild

Death Goes Postal by Larry and Rosemary MildWhen Dan and Rivka Sherman accept Edythe Bender’s offer to take over the Olde Victorian Bookstore, they know they are in for a lot of work. The stress of running their first business is a given, what was not expected is that they would be smack-dab in the middle of an international murder and theft investigation. Can they help solve the mystery before it is too late? Read More »

Blond Cargo by John Lansing

Blond Cargo by John LansingRetired policeman-turned-private investigator Jack Bertolino is at an impasse. When the daughter of a mafia boss has gone missing, her father comes straight to Bertolino looking to cash in on the favor Jack owes him. Does he follow his gut and help Vincent Cardona, or does he abide by the law and call the cops? Determined to even the playing field and loosen Cardona’s hold on him, Bertolino takes the case. But will it be his last? Read More »

Blood Sin by Jenn Lyons

Blood Sin (Blood Chimera) (Volume 2) by Jenn LyonsJackson Pastor is between a hard place and well, a hard place. As a former Special Forces operator and now working for “Kidnap and Recuse,” there isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done, but nothing could prepare him for getting his throat ripped out and waking up as a Maran – a vampire. And as he discovered, Maran are born, not made. As it turned out, there was a lot of things he hadn’t known when he thought he was human! He has a mentor whose teaching style is akin to throwing someone in the deep end of the pool to learn to swim, and he’s been sucked into working for a special FBI Task Force who deals with supernatural bad guys and situations, and he bears a strong and loathing hatred for the FBI.
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The Unexpected Enlightenement of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi LampligtherThirteen-year-old Rachel Griffin was excited about being at Roanoke Academy, where she planned to learn absolutely everything and excel in all seven of the Magical Arts. Rachel’s prodigious memory enabled her to read a passage just once, never to forget, and she had the ability to play back a memory and notice smaller details that were unclear while the event was happening. On Rachel’s first morning at Roanoke, she awakened early, hearing a large black raven with blood red eyes talking with a miniature lion, the familiar of one of her roommates. Read More »

Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel by Jacqueline Carey

Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel by Jacqueline CareyDaisy Johanssen, half-human/half-demon liaison between the Norse goddess of the dead, Hel, and the mundane authorities in the town of Pemkowet, Michigan, located directly above the goddess’ domain, returns in Autumn Bones, the terrific second installment in the highly original Agent of Hel series. A few weeks have passed since the end of the previous book, and Daisy has been dating Sinclair, a Jamaican transplant to town who operates a supernatural tour–supported and encouraged by the town’s visitor’s bureau in an effort to capitalize on the local eldritch (non-human) activity. Read More »

Unveiled by Jamie Wyman

Unveiled (Etudes in C# Book 2) by Jamie WymanMeet Cat Sharp, technomage now in the service of Loki, who won her soul in a card game of the gods. Unveiled, book two in the Etudes in C# series, opens with Loki contacting Cat via a dream, telling her to meet him in a specific location outside of Las Vegas. Cat’s aggravation at being summoned turns to horror when she arrives and learns her new assignment: finding the killer of the woman whose body has been crucified to the back of a tow truck. Loki describes the woman, the daughter of a friend of his, as “unique.” Not understanding why Loki has chosen her for the case, Cat nonetheless does her best by examining the gruesome scene. Read More »

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren SmithJane Seyton was inexplicably drawn to Stormclyffe Hall when she saw a picture of it while working on research for her dissertation. After writing numerous letters to the Earl, she was finally allowed to visit, but was told to wait until renovations were completed. Taking matters into her own hands, Jane waited four months, and then booked a flight, eager to tour Stormclyffe Hall and learn all she could about the curse that haunted the Carlisle family. Read More »

Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

Rogue with a Brogue: A Scandalous Highlanders Novel by Suzanne EnochMary Campbell knew the hatred her family had for the MacLawrys, and yet she dared to dance with Arran MacLawry at a masquerade ball. Almost betrothed to a young man deemed acceptable by her parents, she found herself falling for Arran’s charming personality, even though she was aware that Arran had no idea who she was. When Arran showed up outside her door the next morning, she was surprised, but pleased, and happily accepted his luncheon invitation for the next day. Read More »

The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell

The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell The Severed Streets is Paul Cornell’s follow-up to London Falling, a novel in which the city of London is a prominent and mysterious character itself. DI Quill and his small team investigae weird happenings in London for the Metropolitan Police Department. They have barely recovered from their harrowing ordeal with ancient witch, Mora Losely, when they have to catch a supernatural killer who wears the façade of Jack the Ripper. This killer can seemingly squeeze through walls to get to his prey, all prominent men around the city. Read More »

Rush by Joan Swan

Rush (Phoenix Rising) by Joan Swan Rush is the third book in the Phoenix Rising series about a team of firefighters who were exposed to hazardous chemicals in a government warehouse fire. Team members all manifested a different paranormal power after the fire and their lives were up-ended in the ensuing government cover-up. As they later learned, the chemicals were a secret project inside a secret project to create Super Soldiers. Read More »

Blaze by Joan Swan

Blaze by Joan SwanA close-knit team of firefighters have their lives changed forever after battling a chemical fire in a secret government warehouse. One of their members is lost to the fire and the rest develop mysterious powers that have destroyed their career, friendships and in some cases, family members. They have gone their separate ways in order to rebuild their lives, but stay in close contact-–with the exception of Keira and Luke. In addition to being teammates, they had a personal, loving relationship that could not stand the strain of the after-effects of the fire. Destiny is not done with them yet, however. Read More »