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"a fantastic new world, wonderfully blending romance, mystery, and non-stop action"

When FBI agent Lily Yu goes off to North Caroline with, Rule Turner -- her Lupi mate and Lu Nuncio of the Nokolai werewolf clan -- to finally take custody of his son, they run into more than they bargained for. What starts out as mostly family and clan business quickly escalates into a case involving death magic, wraiths, and possessions.

What at first seems to be a cut-and-dry case of Rule assuming custody of his son, Toby, soon turns into a family drama when his mostly absent mother returns and decides to fight to keep her guardianship. In addition to Rule's family problems, he must also deal with lingering effects of assuming the mantle of the rival Leidolf werewolf clan. In the previous book, the mantle is forced upon Rule by Leidolf's Rho in an attempt to kill him. Fortunately for Rule, that ploy backfires, but Rule is now left in the unheard of position of being the heir to not one, but two clans. With the Leidolf Rho on his death bed, Rule agrees to come to Leidolf's territory to help take care of clan business.

As if Lupi politics and family drama wasn't enough to deal with, Lily soon finds herself knee-deep in homicides and death magic. After several locals are murdered, Lily soon discovers that there is more to the cases than what is on the surface. A deadly and confused wraith is on the loose and Lily, with the help of her friends, must find out how to stop it before it strikes again.

Mortal Sins is the fifth book in Eileen Wilks' bestselling series, World of the Lupi. I've followed this series from its inception with the first World of the Lupi novella back in 1993 and I have never failed to love immersing myself in Rule and Lily's world. Wilks has managed to create a fantastic new world, wonderfully blending romance, mystery, and non-stop action. Mortal Sins is a masterfully told story that fans of the paranormal genre will not want to miss.

Even though the publisher markets these books as paranormal romance, I'd say they fall more under the urban fantasy category since the series centers mostly on the lives of Rule and Lily. Aside from Night Season, which focused more on the romance of two other prominent characters; Rule and Lily seem to be the overall leading characters. I'd highly recommend reading the books in order. There are a lot of cause and effects from previous books that influence the story line in Mortal Sins and first time readers of the series might be left with a lot of questions regarding previous events.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted May 6, 2009

SUMMARY

**PNR STAFF TOP PICK**

Welcome to Eileen Wilks’s world of the lupi, of “strange magic [and] fantastic realms,”* where some sins are so dark and unlikely, no one thought to forbid them…

FBI agent Lily Yu is in North Carolina with her lover and mate Rule Turner, lu nuncio of the Nokolai werewolf clan, where he is to take custody of his son from the boy’s grandmother. It’s a purely personal trip until Rule, in wolf form, finds three bodies in a shallow grave. They carry the stench of death magic, which makes the murders a federal crime. Lily takes charge of the investigation, and soon realizes that nothing adds up—not the motives, not even the accused killer, who’s behind bars when death strikes again.

But murder, however bizarre, is an everyday affair for Lily, who was a homicide cop before being recruited into the FBI’s Magical Crimes Division. A more personal shock arrives in the person of Rule’s son’s mother. Why is she challenging Rule’s long standing plan to bring his son to live among the Nokolai?

But family must take a back seat when the violence escalates, and there’s no rhyme or reason for the killer’s next strike—a killer who may not even be of this world...

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Children of the Lupi reading order::
  1. Tempting Danger - October 2004
  2. Mortal Danger - November 2005
  3. Blood Lines - January 2007
  4. Night Season - January 2008
  5. Mortal Sins - February 2009
Lupi Novellas:
  • Lover Beware "Only Human" - July 2003
  • Cravings "Originally Human" - July 2004
  • On the Prowl "Inhuman" - August 2007
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    Mortal Sins
    (World of the Lupi: Book 5)
    by Eileen Wilks

    Berkley Pub Group
    February 1, 2009
    Available: February 3, 2009
    ISBN #0425225526
    EAN #9780425225523
    352 pages
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    Other Books by
    Eileen Wilks

    Death Magic
    Tied With a Bow
    Blood Challenge
    Blood Magic
    Inked
    The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2
    Night Season
    On the Prowl
    Blood Lines
    Mortal Danger
    Tempting Danger
    With Private Eyes
    Lover Beware
    Broken Silence
    Midnight Choices
    All I Want for Christmas
    Charmed
    Rough Around the Edges


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