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

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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

Greywalker

By Kat Richardson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, c2006, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, vampire, mystery, suspense, thriller

Series: Greywalker series; 1

ISBN: 9780451461322

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 352

Setting: Seattle, WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Harper Blaine is a small time private investigator who had an extremely nasty encounter with a man she was investigating.  He attacked her and she died – for two minutes.  Following her return to the living, things just haven’t been the same for Harper.  Even after most of the bruises have faded, she just doesn’t feel right.  Things get really foggy at times, she gets vertigo, and she keeps seeing strange things and encountering scary situations.  She has become a Greywalker – someone who can move into the Grey, a place where this world overlaps with another.  Luckily for Harper, she is put in contact with a couple who can help her deal with her situation, if she lets them.  Unfortunately, she still has to work and her jobs have taken a much darker turn. Continue reading