"Fast-paced with lots of action!"

Azalea is an artist, following ancient traditions and techniques learned from previous Shibari masters. Instead of brushes, she uses silk scarves; instead of a canvas, she uses the human body. The one thing she hasn't yet done is choose an apprentice. Shibari is an art that is learned at the right hand of a master—it is not something that can be learned alone. It is the Shibari master's job to choose an apprentice, and the training can take years.

Now a serial killer is imitating Azalea's style, using her knots and her scarves and leaving a trail of death across Tokyo. Unable and unwilling to break her clients' confidence, Azalea finds herself the prime suspect in the investigation.

Police detective Keveri Newman finds himself investigating a series of murders, and it becomes evident that they are work of a serial killer. The murders are unique, even for a veteran police officer. Kev has never before seen murder victims posed in such intimate ways, limbs bound in delicate knots with rare blue silk.

The evidence points to only one suspect: Azalea.

Azalea and Kev are drawn to each other—one mysterious and elegant, the other brash and cynical. They give in to their attraction, coming together in a meeting of mysterious and cynical. Kev also becomes Azalea's alibi, for that same night the killer strikes again.

Unfortunately for the couple, the killer knows that to get to Azalea, she must be separated from the one person who can protect her.

I loved this book. It starts with action, and the action doesn't stop until the book ends. It was fast paced and full of suspense, and kept me engaged from the first page to the last. The characters are well thought-out, and I thought that their actions—and their attraction—were believable. I liked how Azalea's mysteriousness and quiet elegance was a foil to Kev's brashness, bluntness and cynicism.

I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!

Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted October 16, 2009


A woman bound to secrecy. A man bound to protect her.

Azalea’s canvas is the human body. Her brushes—the colorful silk scarves and ancient ways passed down from a long line of Shibari masters. She has bound the rich and powerful, the beautiful and talented. But she has yet to find the one person worthy to trust with her age-old secrets.

Now a serial killer is imitating her unique style, leaving a trail of death across Tokyo. She knows she is in danger, but to reveal her alibi to the grave-eyed investigator would mean doing the unthinkable—breaking her clients’ confidence.

In all his years on the force, Keveri Newman has never seen murder victims posed as lovers, limbs bound in exceedingly rare silk. Down to the last knot, the evidence points to only one suspect: Azalea. A woman who redefines elegance and mystery, who asks the impossible—for him to trust her.

Azalea is drawn to the plain-spoken, cynical detective with hands as wickedly skillful as her own. A third murder inextricably ties them to a single purpose, because that night, she wasn’t alone. She was with Kev. And the killer knows the only way to get to her is to separate her from the one man who can protect her…

Genre: Romantic SciFi-Futuristic, Red Hots!
Length: Novella

Warning: Here be futuristic car chases across Tokyo downtown, in the rain, with no lights and no caffeine in the bloodstream. That’s love, baby.

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Killing Silk
by Nathalie Gray

Samhain Publishing
August 1, 2009
Available: August 18, 2009
ISBN #1605047279
EAN #9781605047270
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