Doug Meeks was kind enough to send over his review for one of the books featured in the New Series Alerts post below. He had gotten his hands on an early copy of Gail Z. Martin‘s Deadly Curiosities, the first book in the Deadly Curiosities series, and really liked what he found. It is always a bonus when the first book of a new world starts out strong…
What Doug said…
This is a very multilayered plot and I loved it. Characters that you will like but a couple could have stood to have been fleshed out a wee bit more.
The synopsis is woefully inadequate to describe this book, it is filled with action, intrigue, drama but surprisingly almost no romance (at least not yet, this is book 1).
The villains are delightfully evil, the crimes are horrific and you get pulled into the motivation to find and stop this paranormal killer before things get even worse.
Oddly, even though the vampire Sorren is the big hunk of a hero, his actual participation in this novel is limited a bit, the larger part of this story revolves around Cassidy and her partner Teag. Obviously, when the “big guns” are required Sorren is there along with a couple of other interesting characters pulled in along the way.
So we have haunted objects creating havoc, we have a long thought dead evil sorcerer, throw in a demon and some minions and a good time is to be had by all.
The other thing is that Carrie and Teag both grow in understanding and power by the end of the novel, authors tend to keep their characters as clueless as they started in many books, I like to see normal development.
I am giving this 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 for Amazon/Goodreads) even though I thought our plucky heroine veered very close to TSTL territory a couple of times. Great reading and can’t wait for more (same as with her Ascending Kingdoms fantasy, I need more books Gail Martin!)
So, there you have it. Looks like Gail Martin is starting things out right.