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1.26.2012

Review: Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee

Banshee Charmer (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #1) by Tiffany Allee
Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Novella
Ebook $2.99 (novella, ENTANGLED)
When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.
Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworld Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…

Author Site: tiffanyallee.com

Promising start to a new Paranormal 'cop' series (4 stars)

I prefer opening my review with my own summary of the storyline but BANSHEE CHARMER's blurb is spot on. So let's jump into what I thought about it shall we?

Since getting burned about eight books into the Anita Blake series I've had a tough time with finding a paranormal 'cop' series that doesn't fall off into the sexual side of the story. I like steamy love scenes as much as anyone but when it devolves the overall series into every-other-chapter nookie I just don't enjoy it. I love a good crime to solve and the thicker the mystery the better. BANSHEE CHARMER manages to introduce what I hope will become a great series.

I really like Mac. My only beef with her was her lack of follow-up on Aiden's credentials. She struck me as smarter than that. I do wish Allee had given us a little bit more to work with as far as the world building and what paranormal races are in it yet she gives what she gives well. No disjointed info dumps, hallelujah! The chemistry between Aiden and Mac honestly felt transparent. He's hot. She's hot. She's something other. He's something other. I just didn't feel it. There was too much of the telling and not enough showing of the chemistry. It happens sometimes with first person narrative and was one big flaw I found here.

The mystery was transparent from page one. Don't expect any surprises. This was definitely more about getting Mac and Aiden between the sheets than a real crime solving plot but as a short story there couldn't have been much more dragging it out.

As a novella I thought it was pretty good but I really wasn't thrilled with it as an introduction to a new series. I hope the first full-length novel has stronger legs to stand on. Overall, I liked it though, it was entertaining and has the potential for a great series to follow. If you're in the mood for something steamy and cop-py I think it's a light read for a rainy day.



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Getting Naughty Between the Stacks


Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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