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Under Suspicion (Underworld Detection Agency #3)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  788 ratings  ·  83 reviews
She's the new head of the Underworld Detection Agency's strangest division. What a nightmare. . .Being a human immune to magic helped Sophie Lawson get promoted. It's also made her a major, very reluctant player in a game that stretches beyond even the Underworld. Having handsome buttoned-down Englishman Will as her new guardian is one tempting blessing, especially since s ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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Under Suspicion (The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles) by Hannah Jayne (My star rating here will not meet with Amazons star system so please forgive me for that)

If anything proves the adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” then this series and their covers does. These covers have absolutely NOTHING to do with the books themselves. The heroine is as far from being a kick-ass, leather wearing, weapon toting person, as I am to an Olympic Luger.

I realize that not every author wants her/his
"In my imagination I am Sophie Lawson, Badass Investigator, Paranormak Specialist. I wear black leather, like a second skin; I wield a sexy, jeweled sword; I have the kind of hair that flies in gorgeous wisps over my naked, carved shoulders."

When Sophie Lawson an employee with the Underworld Detection agency begins noticing that paranormals including clients of hers are coming up missing. Determined to figure out what evil is lurking to destroy paranormals true to Sophie nature she goes against
Fangs for the Fantasy
When a client doesn’t show up for an appointment, Sophie decides she needs to investigate. She quickly finds that the client isn’t the only one to disappear – or face violence

Faced with the complete indifference of her boss, colleagues and friends, Sophie decides she will track down the attacker.

Sophie is one of the most frustrating protagonists I’ve ever come across. She is supposed to be in her 30s but she is grossly immature and ridiculously incapable. She acts like a particularly inept teena
4.5 stars

The third book of the Underworld Detection Agency series is here and Hannah Jayne made her miracle again! “Under Suspicion” is as good as the previous two books. This urban fantasy story is different from other books of this genre because it’s more funnier. I love that there are many mentions to modern TV shows, movies and books. The characters are great. Even the ones that the reader won’t really like, are very well-written.

Sophie, as we know is immune to magic, and now she has troubl
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: More of the same in this book I’m afraid, but with some actual romance.

Opening Sentence: You’d think by the time a guy had gained immortality, he’d tire of copying his butt on the office copy machine.

The Review:

For Sophie Lawson, being the spawn of Satan has its good points and bad points. In the case of this story, Sophie’s genetic gift of magical immunity has allowed her to be placed as the chief of the UDA’s Fallen Angel Division. Also,
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Vampires, Werewolf, and Angels
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author

Sophie Lawson is back! Hannah Jayne does it again and this time Sophie gets deeply involved in a dangerous case. I really enjoy Jayne’s writing and her very dynamic characters that she has created, plus adding some humor in the mix makes it all that more entertaining.

Sophie is a rare “human” known as the Vessel and she even has her very own Guardian Will,
There are spoilers for the previous books in this review.

Six months after the end of the last book, Sophie is still trying to come to grips with the fact that Mr. Sampson is gone while the changes in the department seem to be trending towards the ousting of employees that aren’t bloodsuckers who are replaced by those who are, with Vlad being one of those promoted, making him Sophie’s new boss. To add to the tension, Alex is getting ready to go to Buffalo for a few weeks for a stakeout for the FB
I am a fan of this series but I was very disappointed with this book. I had trouble getting through it. At times it dragged and the main character Sophie Lawson was not only annoying but disgusting. Everyone has flaws but she stole the show. From her eating habits, peeing on herself and her stupidity was something even I couldn't take after a few pages in. Hopefully in the next book she cleans up her act. If not I am resigning from the UDA.
I have enjoyed this series so far, but this book is a letdown. Sophie becomes more paranoid as those around her disappear and no one at the UDE seems remotely interested, despite the very obvious evidence.
The sole plucky heroine against the world; making stupid decisions, with those closest around her acting against type, building to a huge , somewhat forced conspiracy.
Humorous. Would have been really good if secondary characters weren't morons and the plot obvious. What's worse, the editing. Did anyone proof read this thing? "Kale handled over her precious stack (of folders)." "Will started pulling dollars bills from his billfold."
Basic Plot: Someone is murdering underworlders and Sophie Lawson seems to be at the heart of it all.

This book's plot seemed a bit more streamlined. It all made sense, so the writing is definitely improving. The pacing was pretty good. Sophie continues to amuse with her inadvertent ineptness and chasing of red herrings. Her romantic issues continue to complicate themselves as Alex goes out of town and she gets entangled with her watcher, Will.

There's a pretty serious cliffhanger at the end of the

Just terrible. Another simple premise if no one believes Sophie when she sates someone is murdering the Underworld folk. Gets attacked by unknown assailant again. Mouth full of blood again. Bloody scratches on face again. Sophie's gotta have a boatload if facial scars at this point. Nina her best friend vampire aloof and attracted to another worthless male. Gee guess how that's going to turn out?

Vlad Sophie's new boss?!?! Unbelievable

I am done with this series. Repetitive and does not hold
Sophie Lawson is settling nicely into her job as the UDA's new head of the Fallen Angel Division. Her newly identified role as Vessel of Souls...well, that's still not sitting well. No one likes to be human Tupperware :)

Several demons have gone missing while more others have been attacked. What started out as something that may have been coincidental becomes something worse and it all seems to have ties to Sophie. Everyone quickly becomes a suspect in Sophie's mind, mainly because her suspicions
Reviews of Books 1 & 2:

Under Wraps:
Under Attack:

Oh silly, silly breather, you!

The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles is a series and as such, I would highly suggest you start by reading Book 1 and Book 2 before picking up Under Suspicion. This review will most likely contain Book 1 & 2 spoilers. Turn back's not too late.....

I'm going to assume that because you have continued to r
Under Suspicion is the third book in the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles by Hannah Jayne and an Urban Fantasy from Kensington.


She’s the new head of the Underworld Detection Agency’s strangest division. What a nightmare...

Being a human immune to magic helped Sophie Lawson get promoted. It’s also made her a major, very reluctant player in a game that stretches beyond even the Underworld.

When a frightening number of demons start disappearing around the city, Sophie suspects that an Arm
Lucy Dosch
Love this series.

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Sophie Lawson is the only human working at the Underworld Detection Agency. The Underworld Detection Agency monitors, regulates and assists demons in the San Francisco area, sort of like the Social Security Office for demons. Sophie’s mother and grandmother were Seers, so Sophie is the only human or “breather” on staff since she is immune to magics and glamours.

In this chapter of the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles, Sophie has noticed
The Underworld Detection Agency is one of those series that is fun and easy to read, where the protagonist is more flighty than kickass and where the secondary characters are there for more comic relief than anything else. In my review for the last book, I compared this series to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and I believe that that comparison still holds true. Sophie definitely still bumbles her way through the situations she gets herself into and she still has two guys vying for her ...more
After being set up for elimination by different otherworldly creatures, has Sophie Lawson become paranoid? Or is someone truly out to eliminate her, once and for all? When Demons who report to Sophie at the Underworld Detection Agency start mysteriously disappearing, she does as she should and reports the missing to her new boss, the cynical vampire Dixon, who does not take anything she says seriously. As the missing and dead count rises, none of the Demons want Sophie handling their cases, fear ...more
Sophie Lawson has been having a hard time at her job in the Underworld, what with the Vampires taking over, her boss missing, and staff cuts but when her boss does not believe there is a hunt on paranormals Sophie takes care of her own. Being not quite human, and yet not quite paranormal has left her out of many social circles and has lost her Alex her past boyfriend. Alone and yet with her Guardian Will Sophie starts to take on the night and investigate what is going wrong in the Underworld wh ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Sophie Lawson has gotten a promotion at the Underworld Detection Agency. She’s the new Head of the Fallen Angel Division. Since that job doesn’t really take up a lot of her time she’s also taking care of other clients. Until some of her clients start turning up dead and many of her still alive clients decide it would be wiser and safer to see someone else. Now, Sophie has even more time to investigate why demons are being attacked or outright murdered.

During all of this her vampire roommate Nin
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Sophie not only got her job back at the Underworld Detection Agency, but a promotion to head of the fallen angel division. So life is looking up, at least until her clients start disappearing that is. Sophie instantly suspects that there is some nefarious plot going on despite everyone else having doubts. Regardless, she is determined to get to the bottom of things, and lucky for her she has an oh so yummy guardian to help protect her while

Strange events are occurring in the city: a dragon and a centaur were murdered, was attacked a banshee, a witch has been invested and Sophia also has almost died.

Sophia, then decides to investigate on their own, Alex is away on business, but she is no Will, in fact, unlike the old days her friend Nina and her nephew, Vlad does not want help because they believe that his suspicions are unfounded and events occurring, as well concidenze.

The first two hundred pages of the book are then devoted to
While the author did keep me interested enough to read through the whole book and I'm still hoping that the next book will be worth the read, I was really irritated with this one. Sophie walks a fine line between adorably awkward and an irritating waste of space. The first two books dealt with it well and you loved that the character wasn't just another female kick ass urban fantasy hero. That was washed away in this one as she deluded herself and therefore us about her feelings, stuffed her fac ...more
This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure

My opinion:
I liked this book but something is missing in my opinion. The writing style is better than in the precedent book, the rhythm of action is just what it should be but there is a mix of things that don’t add up to me.
So in this book we still have several kind of paranormal creatures, demon but mostly we have vampires, witches, and a banshee and a centaur as well as a werewolf., other are cited but those are the one we
Nikki Brandyberry
A new position at the UDA ensures Sophie will have her hands full yet again. If she can keep it that is. The vampires are infiltrating every position at the UDA and Sophie fears her new job might not be hers for long. Especially if she keeps defying orders not to investigate the disappearances and attacks of her clients.

Along with her guardian Will, Sophie sets out to figure out who or what is attacking everyone around her and why vampires seem to be the only ones unaffected.

Sophie Lawson is bac
Sherie Davis
I am still enjoying this series, but there are some things that are starting to bug me. Like how much time the heroine spends crying. Also, how the people around her, some of them supposedly her friends, don't take her seriously. I think this is supposed to be funny, and it is some of the time, but it's also upsetting that her friends think so little of her. I found the situation with Vlad particularly frustrating. He and his VERM buddies are taking over the UDA and basically trying to give her ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Expected publication: May 1st 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Under Suspicion finds our reluctant heroine Sophie Lawson with a new job title (head of the Fallen Angel Department for the Underground Detection Agency) and worries that she may be out of a job shortly if her boss, Dixon Andrade, continues to fill positions with vampires only.

Sophie, if you haven’t read the series before, is immune to magic of any kind and the so called guardian of s
Joshua Burns
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Under Suspicion details a rather inauspicious week or two in the life of Sophie Marceau...ah, correction...Sophie Lawson, flubbing Underworld crime fighter. Note: Underworld refers to a law firm of sorts, which, true, is well underground, about twenty floors, but specializes usually in the distribution of alimony between dragon mates, the licensing of wizards to practice magic, insurance for vampires (so long as they don't bite any humans that do not sign a written agre
I liked the previous book but Sophia was so childish in this one that I almost didn't finish it. However I like Mrs. Jayne's books and decided what the hell, but it was just as boring to the end. I kept thinking that maybe something drastic would happen...but no such luck. The ending was interesting... until you see in the preview of the next book who is the person at the door. And here I thought maybe her father will FINALY come along, I like the idea of the Satan daddy. I did not like that she ...more
Jenny's review:

These two books are from the series The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles, featuring Sophie, a normal young woman who works at the UDA. Normal being that she is human, while those around her are usually not. She has feelings for a fallen angel Alex, and also cannot stop thinking about her guardian, Will. In these two books Sophie is trying to solve the mystery of her clients that have gone missing. It started with her former boss at the UDA, who has disappeared and is feared
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