Tricks of the Trade (Paranormal Scene Investigations #3)
The name's Torres, Bonnie Torres, and I'm a paranormal scene investigator—rooting out the truth about crimes of magic. It's dangerous and boring and scary and fascinating. Though not everyone in the Cosa Nostradamus is happy we're around, which can make things…tricky.
Members of the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations (P.U.P.I.), often referred to as puppies, function extremely well as a team. A year of solving crimes together made them pretty confident about their skills and it allowed them to get to know each other really well. They even have an 87% success rate, something that Ian Stosser likes to mention as often as possible. Sharon and Nifty are still battling for leadership, but their power struggle doesn’t affect everyday work. If a ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
Tricks of the Trade, by Laura Anne Gilman, features a group of individuals that have various talents that allow them to investigate crimes against the paranormal community and hopefully solve them without stepping on the wrong toes. These people are called the Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations unit, or PUPI’s for short.
PUPI’s are supposed to be an independent agency that looks into Cosa Nostradamus incidents, like murder, and mayhe ...more
There are so many good things I want to say about this book and Laura's writing. First, it is truly intelligent. I have to look up words! I love learning new things so this is great. I'm not saying that you need a dictionary at hand but once in a while I do look something up. I think it's indicative of not writing to the Lowest Common Denominator. It's quality writing and quality Urban Fantasy with a mystery bent.
It is also one of the best tho ...more
Tricks of the Trade is the third of the Paranormal Scene Investigations, as the publisher calls the urban fantasies about Bonita Torres, Talent (that’s a human magic-user to you) and now a PUPI, a Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigator. That unaffiliated part is important, because Bonnie, her teammates and two bosses are trying to create something that has never existed before – people who evaluate the Facts of a magic crime, taking no side.
Less than a year into this grand experiment, ther ...more
I’m a huge fan of Laura Anne Gilman’s urban fantasy Retrievers series, so I was really excited when she began publishing the spin-off Paranormal Scenes Investigation series featuring Bonnie Torres. If you’re a fan of CSI-type shows and urban fantasy, I think you’ll really enjoy reading about Bonnie and the other PUPIs (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations – pronounced puppies) as they investigate magical crimes. While I ...more
I remember the smile spreading across my face the first time I read Cosa Nostradamus in Laura Anne Gilman's Staying Dead. The inside joke is of the type that is "funny always", because I'm still smiling every time I see it in the offshoot series, Paranormal Scene Investigations. The Cosa Nostradamus is never exactly translated, but I can make an educated guess. If the Cosa Nostra of Mafia fame is "Our Thing" then Cosa Nostradamusis "magic thing" or "magic fam ...more
What impressed me: Bonnie and Ben. With each book, their connection (metaphysically or whatnot) becomes more and more evident. Their struggle against it becomes almost laughable, yet remains completely realistic. Now we're finally getting to the point where it needs to be accepted and where they can go from here since it's obviously not going away, but getting stronger. And now that the others are becoming more aware of the connection, a blatant move is going to ...more
The pieces are all there for Laura Anne Gilman’s Tricks of the Trade. Your enjoyment will simply depend on your tastes as a reader. If you want mystery, there is tons of it. If you want mythical creatures, you get that too with a little comedy along the way. Basically, it delivers what it promises. Our protagonists are detectives of the PUPI (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations) organization. It’s supposed to be pronounced as “puppy”, but my Kind ...more
In this book, Bonnie Torres is the lead character. Her boss and Top Dog, Benjamin, have to figure out wha ...more
I think that what really set this book apart in my mind is the way Ms. Gilman explains the group dynamic of the PUPS as a pack. There are the Big Dogs which as the bosses and then the working team with the alpha dogs and all. The working team is ...more
Bonnie Torres is a talent in fact all the investigators are talent. Bonnie and one of her bosses are fighting what they call merge. Their talent is drawn toge ...more
Bonnie's still hard at work along with her fellow teammates working paranormal crime scenes to get to the root of the offense. They've slowly been able to establish some credibility, though nothing is ever easy as they are treading in untested waters. Working two cases at once shouldn't have posed a problem, but then some crazy things start happening and everything gets turned upside down. To make matters worse a faceless creature is loose i ...more
Another fun entry in a (can I still call it new?) new series. There's plenty of mystery and plot to go around, and the characters are growing and evolving. Best of all, the sexual tension between the lead character and her romantic interest is used to enhance the story not to replace it.
I'm really glad Laura can balance the romance with the plot. She's a wonderful storyteller and it's good to see that without losing it to a overly explicit relationship that makes you want to bathe in hand saniti...more
Favorite Lines: “I don’t think people are meant to share that much, that openly, without the option to say no. It goes against all our self-protective instincts, that loss of choice, and having to trust someone else to keep those private places safe.” (p. 283, egalley)
Tricks of the Trade is book three in Laura Anne Gilman’s Paranormal Scene Investigations. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this series is the paranormal version of CSI. I’ve got to admit that I enjoyed this book more than the prev ...more
I enjoyed Tricks of the Trade. It's doesn't move at a breakneck speed, but it's not slow. It just kind of advances at a very steady, moderate kind of pace.
Tricks of the Trade is the third in Paranormal Scene Investigations. It's like a magic CSI: NY. Sometime between the last book and this one, the team got a new player and I really think Ms. Gilman ought to do a short story or two detailing her interview and subsequent disaster in the field (referred to by the characters, but not in any detail. ...more
Laura Anne Gilman
Luna, November 2011
Who keeps the Cosa Nostradamus on the up-and-up, so to speak, when it comes to criminal events? Bonnie Torres and her colleagues in an elite crime-fighting unit, the PUPI—Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations—are dedicated to looking for the truth in magic-related crimes. Created by Ian Stosser and his partner, Ben Venec, PUPI is all about investigating crimes involving the Cosa Nostradamus, the ...more
Favorite Quote: “The world we live in isn’t black and white…it’s always been shades of gray “
Tricks Of The Trade is the 3rd book in Ms. Gilman’s CSI like paranormal series-Paranormal Investigations. Heavy with criminal investigative lingo and procedures, this steady paced urban fantasy combines multiple criminal cases with personal crisis’s to keep the reader well engaged to the end. Innovative world building coupled with rich characte ...more
An Excellent prologue where ...more
Now, I'm a shipper at heart. I want everyone to end up with someone. It's a personality flaw that I've come to accept about myself. Part of me wants Ben and Bonnie to throw caution to the wind and do something crazy and part of me loves the ...more
Once the story got rolling, though, it was a fun read. The relationship plotlines weren't of the sort that I personally fi ...more
It was the same old continuation of the ongoing saga: the investigations were the same old, the relationships continued with the same old. There was no epiphany, no innovations, no new characters, no introductory concepts. That’s a big NO, for anything injecting freshness into the series.
The story went on for way too long, dragging out the investigations to the poi ...more
I'm really liking this series and will definitely read book four shortly! I liked the way the crimes were investigated. With two cases, Bonnie couldn't head both investigations so the team was split though both teams ev ...more
By thirty, she was all three. She's a little focused that way (when not being distracted by -oooh shiny!).
After fifteen years working in NY publishing, Laura Anne became a full-time writer, with more than twenty novels under her various bylines, including the Nebula Award-nominated Vineart War trilo ...more