River Marked

By Patricia Briggs; narrated by Lorelei King

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Penguin Audio, 2011

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery, mythic fiction

Series: Mercy Thompson; 6

Format: Audiobook – MP3

ISBN: 9781101436547

Audience: Adult

Length: 8 hours, 54 minutes

Setting: Columbia River Gorge – OR & WA,  Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Mercy and Adam finally get to spend some alone time together for their honeymoon.  No vampires, no other werewolves – it’s just the two of them camping along the Columbia River.  However, Mercy’s connection to coyotes and Coyote, means that chaos will find her.  This time chaos takes the form of a monster that lives in the river. Continue reading

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Silver Borne

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2008

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery

Series: Mercy Thompson; 5

ISBN: 9780441018192

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 342

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Mercy is still adjusting to pack life; this is made more difficult by the fact that there are pack members who resent her becoming pack.  Additionally, she has a magical book that needs to be returned to its owner, but he can’t be found.  She also has a roommate who is in desperate need of her help and attention. Continue reading

Bone Crossed

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery, vampire

Series: Mercy Thompson; 4

ISBN: 9780441016761

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 309

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), & Spokane, WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Marsilia, the head of the local vampires, discovers that Mercy killed Andre, one of her favorite vampires, she takes her revenge by torturing Mercy’s friend (and vampire), Stefan.  When the consequences of this action do not bring the intended results, Mercy worries that her friends’ lives are at risk.  If Mercy had known that Marsilia knew she had killed Andre, she would never have agreed to mate Adam. Continue reading

Iron Kissed

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2008

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery

Series: Mercy Thompson; 3

ISBN: 9780441015665

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 287

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Mercy’s friend and mentor, Zee, is charged with a murder which he didn’t commit, Mercy does all she can to prove his innocence.  This becomes problematic because Zee is one of the fae and the fae do not like outsiders, like Mercy, poking their noses’ in their business. Continue reading

Blood Bound

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2007

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery, vampire

Series: Mercy Thompson; 2

ISBN: 9780441014736

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 292

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland,Kennewick, &Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Mercy’s friend, Stefan, asks her for a favor in the middle of the night, she can’t say no.  She is indebted to the vampire for his help in Moon Called.  Unfortunately for Mercy, helping Stefan ends up leading her to great peril with a demon vampire. Continue reading

Moon Called

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2006

Genre: Fantasy, paranormal mystery, contemporary fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson; 1

ISBN: 9780441013814

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 288

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA & Aspen Creek, MT

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Mercy Thompson was repairing a VW Jetta transmission when a werewolf walked into her garage.  Once her nose got away from oil and grease, she was able to smell him for what he was quickly.  Mercy is a walker, or shape shifter, able to transform into a coyote, which makes her sense of smell very acute.  She was also raised by werewolves so she was able to tell that this one needed a lot of help. Continue reading

The Mystery of Grace

By Charles de Lint

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Tor, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, mythic fiction, paranormal

ISBN: 9780765317568

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 269

Setting: Solona, Arizona (along the San Pedro River and I-10)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Grace Quintero’s grandfather died, she started smoking again.  Her abuelo was not only a kind and gracious man; he was also the one who helped Grace discover her calling – restoring classic Ford cars.  After his death, Grace had such a hard time that she succumbed to her old smoking habit.  They say that smoking can kill a person; in this case it’s true.  If she hadn’t needed that pack of smokes, she wouldn’t have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.  To make matters worse, after her death Grace is stuck in her neighborhood with a few other people who had the misfortune of dying in the vicinity.  There’s no escape from this limbo except twice a year when the dead can return to the land of the living.  Complicating her existence even more, on her first trip back Grace falls in love. Continue reading