Saturday, August 1, 2009
Review: Unshapely Things
This is the first book in the Connor Grey series by Mark Del Franco and an ACE Fantasy.
In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead. The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has more "important" crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement.
Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator-whose magical abilities were crippled after a run-in with a radical environmentalist elf. As Connor battles red tape and his own shortcomings, he realizes that the murders are not random, but part of an ancient magical ritual. And if Connor can't figure out the killer's M.O., the culmination of the spell might just bring about a worldwide cataclysm.
This book is a murder/mystery - it just has elves, trolls, flits, fairies and druids to go along with the humans. :)
I did enjoy this read - but not as much as some books I've read from ACE. If you take out the fantasy elements of the 'supernaturals' it would read as a typical thriller/mystery.
Unshapely Things is well written and Connor Grey is a pretty interesting character - but he's no Harry Dresden.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.