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.

Book Blurb:

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.

M

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6 comments:

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

I've seen this book around and wondered about it. I appreciate your thoughts on it. Thanks for the review.

Blodeuedd said...

Nice review, honest too.
This book would perhaps not go all the way for me either then

Lea said...

Nice review Michelle!!

Sounds interesting, but not stellar!! lol

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ;)

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Best
L

Michelle G said...

Donna,

You are welcome. It was an interesting read - it just didn't have that 'punch'.

B,

I know you aren't into the whodunnits - unless it's Stephanie Plum. :) I wish we could get more Stephanie books faster. LOL

Lea,

I hope you have a wonderful day as well. :)

Thanks for stopping by ladies.

M

Danni said...

Nice review, I love reviews that don't hold back. Happy reading! :)

Michelle G said...

Danni,

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. :)

I'm glad you liked the review. Stop by any time. :)

M