Title: The Infernal Detective
When Riga Hayworth finds a dead body in her bedroom a week before her wedding, it’s par for the course. When the corpse drives off with her fiancée… That’s a problem.
Riga knows dead. More intimately than she’d like. So when a murdered photographer gets up and walks away, she’s believes there’s necromancy afoot. And when she discovers that several of her wedding guests are under the influence of dark magic, she’s certain. But how can she catch a killer and stop a necromancer when even her nearest and dearest are lying to her?
Murder. The undead. Irritating relatives. The Infernal Detective is a fast-paced, paranormal mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, and magic lies just beyond the veil.
Author: Kirsten Weiss
Published: 21 May 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
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This is the 4th in the series, and while there were places and moments that I wished I understood all of the references from past books, I didn’t find that my understanding of the current storyline was compromised by not being familiar with the earlier books in the series.
We meet Riga, a paranormal PI and a witch who seems to have some issue with her powers not working properly, either too much juice or none at all. I liked Riga, even as she annoyed me occasionally with her immature whingy behaviors. Engaged and just a week from the wedding, she and Donovan have caved to pressure for a larger wedding, and this pre-party is where the story starts.
From a dead guest in a bedroom with a door frozen shut, the story starts with a bang and keeps on with the fast-paced tympanic rhythm to the end. Necormancers, disappearances, dark magic, talking gargoyles and a mob boss with a crush, Riga Hayworth has few moments to breathe. Add in her aunts: delightfully funny and eccentric enough to provide interest while managing to frustrate Riga to no end and gargoyle Brigitte was an unusual and delightful addition to the story, fearsome in look alone.
This was a story that managed to skirt the edges of the dark themes with humor and lightness in the characters that are so well-intentioned they just shine through the doom. Donovan and Riga are a couple that feels well-matched and comfortable together, and their relationship is one that feels solid, even as Riga often seems to question it.
I liked this story, and may find some “free reading” time to read the first three in this series.