Friday, January 20, 2012

Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman

Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman
2011, Luna
Series: Book 3 of Paranormal Scene Investigations

Synopsis: When magic goes wrong, who are you going to call?

The name's Torres, Bonnie Torres, and I'm a paranormal scene investigator—rooting out the truth about crimes of magic. It's dangerous and boring and scary and fascinating. Though not everyone in the Cosa Nostradamus is happy we're around, which can make things…tricky.

Working two cases—looking into a murder for the NYPD, and a rich man's break-in—should be well within our abilities. But when things start getting weird in the Electric Apple, Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations is stretched to the limits, trying to keep one step ahead and out of trouble. Add in rumors of a powerful creature gunning for us and it's not just our rep on the line this time—if we don't solve this case, everyone will suffer.

Fortunately, around here, when the going gets weird, the weird hire us.…

Why read: Requested from Netgalley

What impressed me: Bonnie and Ben. With each book, their connection (metaphysically or whatnot) becomes more and more evident. Their struggle against it becomes almost laughable, yet remains completely realistic. Now we're finally getting to the point where it needs to be accepted and where they can go from here since it's obviously not going away, but getting stronger. And now that the others are becoming more aware of the connection, a blatant move is going to be made. It has to be.

What disappointed me: As we go further along in the series, I find that the magic is being explained less fully. While this makes sense in the scope of any series, the originality of the magic in these books can make it a little difficult to follow sometimes where things aren't spelled out completely for the reader.

Recommended: For fans of the series, definitely. Others will want to start at the beginning to fully appreciate the character development.

Continue series: Yup. The cases themselves are always interesting, but more than that, I find myself very invested in Bonnie and Ben's relationship.

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