Saturday, October 22, 2011
137) Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman
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.
My Review :
Tricks of the Trade is the third installment in the Paranormal Scene Investigations Series. I really enjoyed the first two books and was looking forward to this third part. However I have to say straight off that this wasn't my favourite so far. It wasn't bad but it just didn't have that certain something that the other books had.
I don't want to give anything away about the plot but it seemed a little dull compared to the last two books. It was nice to have a slower, easier and not so complicated story but it lacked the excitement and suspense that were present in books one and two. Never the less I enjoyed Tricks of the Trade but I have to admit I was expecting something more powerful.
There is a lot to like about this series. The concept is different and unique which is always refreshing in the Paranormal Genre. I love the CSI aspect but with magic. It has been done before but the author has put her own twists on it and made it her own.
The main character is nice and easy to get along with. She doesn't try to be more than she is and just does her job. No over the top super powers or abilities. Also the location rocks. New York is an amazing city that I have had the luck to visit and it is nice to be on the streets again with the PUPI's.
Well worth checking out this series if you haven't already. If you are waiting for this new release then don't rush. Put it on your wishlist for Christmas or buy it for yourself with all those book vouchers you get for the holidays.
***Tricks of the Trade is due for release on the 15th November***