Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Shadow Inquiries
Publisher: Ace
Date published: April 2011
ISBN: 9780441020386
Mass Market Paperback
Urban fantasy
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Five bodies show up in the Everglades and P.I. Sylvie Lightner tries to pass them onto the proper authorities. But Sylvie specializes in the strange and unexplainable, so when those bodies rise and shape-shift, she is suddenly in the middle of the case. Of course, this is not going to be easy. She finds out that a sorcerer is combining alchemy, shape-shifting and death magic and as more bodies are being discovered, Sylvie needs to stop him. She is also trying to stay one step ahead of her enemies and there is a god trying to awaken. When she needs help, she will find it, but perhaps not where she expects it. Then there’s her long-distance relationship that is also not easy. Still, a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do and firstly, the sorcerer has to be found and she has to try and not become one of his dead bodies.

Lyn Benedict is a great author. She writes great characters, a great story and puts in a bit of humor to make you smile. Her heroine is not perfect and sometimes it seems she’s stumbling along but it all turns out well in the end. I will have to get the previous books in this series to understand some of the things happening in this book, although it didn’t spoil my enjoyment. Even though there is a lot going on in this book, it doesn’t get complicated nor do you lose your way. Ms. Benedict keeps it all together revealing each thing just when you want it to be revealed. I must warn you that you need to sit down with this book with plenty of time as you will not want to put it down. I think this is a great urban fantasy book.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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