Shadow Stitcher: An Everland Mystery by Misha Handman

The mean streets and crumpled suits of crime noir intermingle with icons of a children’s classic, creating a detective tale where the endless joy isn't completely gone but has become frayed and dirty. Decades ago, the adult world reached Neverland. The glorious war between the pirates and the Lost Boys has been replaced by politics, … Continue reading Shadow Stitcher: An Everland Mystery by Misha Handman

Deal or No Deal: A Case from the Midnight Eye Files by William Meikle

Meikle crafts a tale of a detective with a love of mundane spirits finding himself facing the supernatural kind. There’s nothing unusual about private eyes being asked to find people. However, rather than the usual tale of a missing family member, Derek Adams’ latest client shares a tale of university friends selling their souls for … Continue reading Deal or No Deal: A Case from the Midnight Eye Files by William Meikle

Bona Fides by Ash B Whitley

Whitley blends para-science with modern espionage tropes, creating a novel that is both gritty, street-level superhero action and James-Bondian thriller. One moment Rowan Miller was a young woman looking forward to university, the next she found herself undetectable to other people. Being a living ghost is great for watching lectures, but after four years of … Continue reading Bona Fides by Ash B Whitley

Demonic Crisis Management for the Modern Vampire by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends a youthful viewpoint with a complex universe, creating another modern vampire tale that is fast-paced and deep. This novel is the sixteenth volume of Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers for previous volumes might cross your path ahead. After two years as a vampire, Sarah Wright’s plan to remain with her family continues to … Continue reading Demonic Crisis Management for the Modern Vampire by Matthew S. Cox

A Bit Batty

With the opera cape flaring wide behind his besuited arms Count Dracula seems almost to taunt the world with the obviousness of his bat-nature. Viewed purely as cinematography, the image is powerful and pleasing but would Dracula be so obvious? It is easy to suggest it comes from an overweening arrogance or a dissonance from … Continue reading A Bit Batty

The Summer of Completely Usual Strangeness by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends a nuanced spin on urban fantasy tropes with character-driven drama and fast-paced action, providing another engaging instalment of modern vampire story. This novel is the fifteenth volume of Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers for previous volumes might cross your path ahead. Ashley’s decision to secretly become a vampire has freed Sarah from angst … Continue reading The Summer of Completely Usual Strangeness by Matthew S. Cox

A String of Seriously Unlucky Events by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues his vampire series, both revealing new aspects of his mystical society and raising engaging questions of how much influence over events vampires can actually wield. This novel is the fourteeth volume of Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers for previous volumes might cross your path ahead. After a year as a vampire, Sarah’s life … Continue reading A String of Seriously Unlucky Events by Matthew S. Cox

Vegas Valkyries by Cynthia Vespia

Vespia mixes aspects of Norse mythology with a modern Las Vegas, creating an urban fantasy tale that will appeal to readers who enjoy a fresh take on well-known tropes. This novel is the second in Vespia’s Vegas Vendettas series. Reading beyond this point is gambling on spoilers for the first book. When Sigr, Kava, and … Continue reading Vegas Valkyries by Cynthia Vespia

A Cauldron of Hot Coffee by Samantha Silver

Silver lightly flavours cosy mysteries with magic, creating crimes that aren’t always solved by investigative skill alone but can still be solved by readers who aren’t themselves witches. When Eliza Emory’s father dies just after she finishes college, she assumes she’s on her own; however, a series of impossible incidents during her first day at … Continue reading A Cauldron of Hot Coffee by Samantha Silver