Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Chick and the Dead by Casey Daniels

The Chick and the Dead
Casey Daniels
Avon Books
March 2007

Pepper Martin sees dead people. Things haven’t always been that way, but ever since she bumped her head in the cemetery she seems to be popular among the ghosts. With a temporary lay-off from her job as a tour guide at the cemetery, Pepper finds herself with another case to solve and the perfect job to help her along. When Didi Bowman materializes and asks Pepper to prove that her sister Merilee is not the author famous for So Far the Dawn, that it’s actually Didi’s work, Pepper would like to run in the opposite direction. Knowing first hand that ghosts won’t give up until they’ve gotten what they want, Pepper gets busy trying to find the proof she needs to prove Didi’s case and taking a position on Merilee’s staff is just the way to do it.

Quinn, the sexy Homicide detective, has plenty of questions for Pepper and clearly has more than a passing interest in getting to know her better. The mysterious Dan Callahan appears with cryptic messages, and having no real explanations he hastily disappears, leaving Pepper to wonder who or what he actually is.

The Chick and the Dead is book two in the Pepper Martin Mystery series. Ms. Daniels is definitely a hot new voice in paranormal mystery and this intriguing series is quickly gaining attention from readers of both genres. Well-written, the story unfolds at a comfortably steady pace and swiftly gains the reader’s attention with a captivating storyline and tantalizing characters.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur

Kissing Sin
Keri Arthur
Dell – Spectra
February 2007

Riley Jenson, born half vampire and half werewolf, has quickly become a commodity that some very scary people want a piece of. It isn’t so much her they want, it’s her blood. With Riley’s blood comes the answer to stronger, faster, more resistant soldiers and these men will stop at nothing to hold that power.

Riley awakens covered in blood and immediately realizes she’s in deep trouble. Unsure of where she is or how she got there Riley’s thoughts center on escape. Riley finds Kade, a horse shifter, being held captive in the stables among others of his kind and they waste little time plotting and executing their escape. With creatures hot on their trail they manage to outmaneuver them long enough for a rescue, but how long will she remain free before another attempt is made on claiming her life?

Kissing Sin is the second book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series. The action and adventure starts on page one and continues through every page of this fabulous read. Several sexy and very diverse men have their eye on Riley, but settling down is not on her to do list just yet.

Ms. Arthur is a marvelously creative author, and has built a solid world for her characters to reside in. Fast paced and filled with deliciously sexy characters, readers will find Kissing Sin a fantastic urban fantasy with a hot serving of romance that continues to sizzle long after the last page is read.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews