Review: Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman

Paranormal Scene Investigations #3

The Blurb: 

WHEN MAGIC GOES WRONG, WHO ARE YOU GOING TO CALL? 

The name’s Torres, Bonnie Torres, and I’m a paranormal scene investigator—rooting out the truth about crimes of magic. It’s dangerous and boring and scary and fascinating. Though not everyone in the Cosa Nostradamus is happy we’re around, which can make things…tricky. 

Working two cases—looking into a murder for the NYPD, and a rich man’s break-in—should be well within our abilities. But when things start getting weird in the Electric Apple, Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations is stretched to the limits, trying to keep one step ahead and out of trouble. Add in rumors of a powerful creature gunning for us and it’s not just our rep on the line this time—if we don’t solve this case, everyone will suffer. 

Fortunately, around here, when the going gets weird, the weird hire us.

My Review:

Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m a total Laura Anne geek. Whatever. I can do nothing but embrace my fangirlishness, apparently. Plus, I couldn’t resist requesting this book on NetGalley and that means you get a review. So here. Have one.

This is the 3rd book in the series and I think it’s really hitting it’s stride now. The mystery in this one doesn’t quite have the political/social significance of the last, but it’s just as twisty. And Gilman comes up with the perfect didn’t-see-it-coming-but-couldn’t-end-up-anywhere-else ending (again).

Honestly, the only complaint I have with this is that I’m a little ‘meh’ about the romance. But I’m almost always a little ‘meh’ about the romance, so I’m fine with that. (An aside: an urban fantasy with a romance I’m not ‘meh’ about? Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series. Read it. Live it. Love it.)

I liked Bonnie a lot more in this one. Maybe it’s the little-bit-less self-assured, little-bit-more insecure vibe she’s giving off here. She was kind of arrogant before, so I’m enjoying seeing her get broken down a smidgen.

So. Yeah. Have you read Gilman yet or are you procrastinating? Well, stop that. Go get one. You know you want to. (This book releases November 15th per Their Majesties at Amazon </sarcasm> so you have 5 days to get caught up and buy this one!)