Author: Jess Haines
Series: Book #1 in the H&W Investigations series
Number of pages: 337 pages
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: 1 May 2010
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Kindle store, Book Depository
Grade: 4 stars
Goodreads appetizer: Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm - if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend - a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing - and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil - whether she likes it or not...
Guest review by Liz
My thoughts: I think this was one of the first books I downloaded onto my kindle. It came recommended to me as it is in the genre that I tend to read most. The book is told in the first person perspective of Shiarra Waynest the main character. She is mortal, living in our time. She works with her best friend Sara running a private investigation firm called H&W Investigations. Usually they track down missing people or offer surveillance. What they don’t deal with are “the Others”. These are supernatural beings who have made themselves known to the world only recently. They include vampires, werewolves and mages.
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