Monthly Archives: November 2009

Some series just get better and better. Bound to Shadows is the eighth installment in the Riley Jensen series, and is the best so far.

Riley has finally found her wolf's soul mate, and he's a killer. Not a nice, fuzzy killer, either, but a cold-blooded, mercenary sunovabitch. Just her luck. Now she has to deal with ...him, fight for her life with Quinn, and track down the vampire behind two puzzling series of murders.

If you're a Riley fan, this is a good 'un.

Some books have the best fantasies. Part of why I love Kim Harrison's books are because I want to live in a church beside a graveyard, and have pixies and gargoyles in residence. Unclean Spirits is even better. Jayne (pronounced juh-NAY) has inherited her uncle's demon-fighting legacy. People who need help, a few dozen houses around the world filled with books and weird paraphernalia, and three hot guys to explore it with.  Oh yeah.

The writing is clear and sharp, the characters flawed but likable, and the plot is fast-moving and entertaining. Unclean Spirits is the first book in the series, and Darker Angels, also good, is out as well.

Love Sookie Stackhouse? Would you believe I like Harper Connelly better? Only a little bit, but it's true. Grave Secret is the fourth book in Charlaine Harris's series about a woman who can find the dead. There is Harper, and a few psychics, but otherwise the books are free of werewolves and vampires and such. The writing has a visceral, simple quality that is a bit darker than the Stackhouse books, and the world has a stark believability that I find very appealing.

In Grave Secret, Harper and Tolliver find themselves reluctantly embroiled in a mystery of inheritance, and even more reluctantly in a family mystery when Tolliver's father is released from prison.

If you've never read this series, start from the beginning, with Grave Sight.

Grave Secret

<a href="">Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1)</a>