"A witty romantic mystery with a twist that will satisfy readers"
In a break from her usual type of story, Monette Michaels
pens a witty romantic mystery with a twist that will
Abigail Merriweather Gooden is from a long line of
powerful witches, as well as being a darn good lawyer in
Austin, TX. Though she doesn't advertise her magickal
abilities, all of the supernatural beings in the city know
her skill, and bring their cases to her. Her latest case,
defending men's club owner Jurnik Golub, a vampire, will
bring some changes in to her life.
Lucan "Luc" Knight is the PI on the case. Jurnik is under
fire for the murder of one of his former exotic dancers,
who was also an ex-girlfriend of his, but he's innocent.
Luc needs to find the real killer and exonerate Jurnik,
and he uses his own special abilities to help. For he just
happens to be a shape shifter with some pretty impressive
other powers he keeps secret.
Luc and Abbie become partners as they race against time to
solve the mystery and protect their client. But danger
mounts, as does their mutual attraction, the closer they
get to solving the mystery, putting their lives at risk.
Meanwhile they begin to wonder about becoming partners in
more ways then one.
This is a refreshing unique story that will appeal to
readers of romance, mystery, or paranormal. All three are
blended into a plot that zigs and zags to a rather
surprising ending. Though the paranormal element is
necessary to the plot, it is not the central theme, but
takes more of a back seat to the murder mystery. This
reviewer enjoyed the mystery, which did have plenty of
magick surrounding it, but wouldn't have minded seeing
even more focus on the paranormal aspects of the story,
especially Jurnik's vampirism. It is touched on and part
of the reason for the mystery, but it could have been
expanded on a little more.
There are many characters that add to the story, be they
mere-mortals or supernatural beings. Abbie and Luc are the
central characters who get in to all kinds of scrapes as
the rush to find the real murderer. However, one will love
Abbie's vivacious mother Ilana, who is pretty powerful in
her own right... and just happens to be dating Abbie's
newest client. Then there is Abbie's Uncle Vidal who has
quite a female following, and is known for performing
séances now and again, which will be crucial to solving
this case. Of course, there have to be the "bad" guys as
well since this is a murder mystery and there are some
found. There is the slimy opposing council Jeffrey Walden
III, who has been trying to attract some attraction from
Abbie for quite some time. There are some other great
villains as well, but this reviewer doesn't want to give
anything away by mentioning names.
Readers will enjoy this different kind of story and upon
finishing it, will be impatiently waiting for the next
book in the proposed series by this talented author.
Reviewed by Kelley Hartsell
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted August 24, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 12, 2007