Once again, this is a novel that I received as an advanced reader copy. So, my version may vary slightly from yours.
Do you ever long for the days of those hard-boiled detective stories? Those wonderful pulp style stories that dived right into things and barely gave you a chance to breathe because you had to know what was happening next?
That is the very base of this novel. A hard-boiled detective story that is reminiscent of the days of pulp-style fiction with a modern flare and set in a world of paranormal fantasy.
Vera Shadow, our main character is in many ways the epitome of the stereotypical detective from many of those old detective stories. She drinks, she smokes, she has a soft spot for a long pair of legs and a pretty face. That fact that she has horns and a tail and is... well a SHE, really makes this tale a fun and interesting read. As the story unfolds, Enkelli shows you exactly what makes her stand apart from the expected tropes.
One thing that Enkelli did do, was keep the atmosphere of the 1920-1930 era feel of the environment. From nightclubs to the attitudes of cops to even the colourful descriptive language that one would expect in this style of novel that often had me grinning. And of course, a nice smattering of terrible weather that sets the mood.
As for the plot itself, I loved it. This is a story that accomplishes what it sets out to do with style and flare. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guess. And, not to spoil thins, but that ending! Dang.
Although I have heard nothing of the sort, from the title and that ending I can only hope that there will be more Vera Shadow Mysteries in the future.
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