The Book of Souls (The Inspector McLean Mysteries)
by James Oswald
4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon
At the turn of the Millennium, Detective Constable Anthony McLean’s fiancée was abducted, raped and murdered by antiquarian book dealer Donald Anderson, the notorious Christmas Killer. Every winter since has been a time of nightmares. So when in the space of a few short weeks Anderson is killed in prison, McLean’s tenement building is burned down, and a young woman’s body is found murdered using Anderson’s MO, it’s hardly surprising that McLean starts to go off the rails.
Short-listed for the prestigious Crime Writers Association (CWA) Debut Dagger prize, this is the second of the Detective Inspector McLean Mysteries.
For ten years, leading up to the turn of the millennium, the Christmas Killer worked his evil on the city of Edinburgh. Every year, in the run-up to the festivities, a young woman would go missing. Then, in the week between Christmas and Hogmanay, her body would be found, throat cut, stripped naked, washed clean and laid out in running water. Ten years, ten women. And the last of these was Kirsty Summers, fiancée to Detective Constable Anthony McLean.
No one is quite sure how he found Donald Anderson, least of all McLean himself. But something took him to the old man's antiquarian bookshop, and something else made the Christmas Killer let down his guard. In a cellar under the shop they found his torture chamber. Anderson went to prison and the murders - or at least those murders - finally stopped.
Twelve years on, Anderson is killed by a fellow inmate. Christmas is coming, and the body of a young woman is found, naked, washed, laid out in running water, her throat cut. She has been missing for a week.
Detective Inspector McLean had finally put his past behind him. Now it seems it wasn't ready to let him go.
Keys to the Coven (Demonic Intervention Series)
by Vicky Loebel
4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon
To become a demon, you must die in complete and utter despair. Three hundred years ago, Max passed that test with flying colors and joined the afterlife resolving never again to have innocent blood on his hands. Now a successful Demonic Intervention Agent, Max has been given the job of breaking a young woman's family curse. But what she doesn't know, what Max can't bring himself to tell her, is that completing his mission almost certainly means her death.
When Felicity Woodsen inherits her mother's coven, she learns each firstborn Woodsen daughter must become the consort of an evil-arch demon. Felicity's only hope is to ally with the mysteriously charming Max. But is saving her body from one demon worth the price of losing her soul to another?
Roxashael became a demon when his Roman captors sent his family, one by one to be devoured by lions. The lesson was clear: power is good; lots of power is better. Two-thousand years later, Rocky has power. He's purchased hundreds of souls, and he's created the Minsk Homunculus, a magic artifact that, by binding a human witch as his consort, turns him into an arch-demon and places him above the goody-two-shoes laws of karma.
Unfortunately, Rocky made a mistake. He fell in love with Felicity's mother and in a moment of weakness promised to give up his demon-consort charm. Now Felicity's mother is dead, the Minsk Homunculus is slated for destruction, and Rocky's power as an arch-demon is about to end.
No demon can break a promise. If Rocky refuses to give up the Minsk Homunculus, he'll become the lowest, most abject slave in Hell.
But then, why break promises when they're so easy to corrupt?
*Caution: This book contains violence, strong sexual themes, moderately explicit sex between consenting adults, (unfulfilled) threats against children, and one completely gratuitous reference to unicorns. Not intended for readers under 18.
bu Heather Allen Dencker
4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Winged Descent is centered around three very different people whose lives intertwine without warning when mythology and reality collide in a small town in South Carolina.
Kendrick is a direct descendant of the god Apollo, and the future ruler of his planet, Centaura. He is one of a mixed breed comprised of centaur and human, and has just arrived to Earth with others of his kind. His race is intent on finding human mates after discovering they cannot reproduce with one another.
Savannah is the owner of a beachside shop that caters to tourists in Folly Beach. Her life is forever changed when she takes a walk on the beach one morning and meets Kendrick, a person she never dreamed could have existed.
Conner is a high school English teacher in Atlanta who has been Savannah's best friend for the past six years. He looks forward to spending every summer vacation with her, but discovers that this will be no ordinary summer when he sees that Savannah already has a houseguest- one who Conner immediately dislikes and distrusts.
Relationships are threatened, lives are thrown into upheaval, and the battle for the right to be on Earth ensues as the centaurs find that the decision to come to Earth is not without its consequences.
Told from all three characters' viewpoints, Winged Descent brings the ancient mythical battle between the Centaurs and the Lapiths to the modern world.
The Old World (The Old World Series)
by Jill D. Hidy
4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon
The Old World: Where modern day Greece, meets old world mythology.
Still reeling from the sudden and tragic death of her parents, 22 year old Aria escapes to her family’s vacation home in Greece. But when a simple dream opens a portal into another dimension, Aria finds herself immersed in a world her parents sacrificed everything to keep her from. A world ruled by vengeful gods but where love can be measured by a mere touch.
Guided by the family she never knew existed, Aria begins to learn of a prophecy with the power to turn gods against one another in a war that could seal not only her fate but the fate of the man she is forbidden to love – a man who’s identity alone can change her life forever.
Some say love is blind but in The Old World, bloodlines run deep and family comes first…even if it means sacrificing your own.