The Taken (Celestial Blues #1)
Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he's been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soulâ€”Katherine "Kit" Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get...more
Meet one of the two main characters, rockabilly girl Katherine "Kit" Craig. She's an eternally optimistic and peppy reporter whose best friend and co-worker, Nicole, was just murdered while following a lead. ...more
Pettersson has a truly impressive writing style with descriptions that are clever and incredibly vivid. She also possesses a talent for world building, providing enough detail so ...more
400 pages of “I am so rockabilly no one understands me. This is a lifestyle not just me playing dress up. I should be working on the murder mystery ...more
Consider the protagonists. They are pretty bland and stereotypical. Kit Craig, the female lead, gets a few points for originality for being a rockabilly girl, but her rockabilly persona doesn't fit in with the rest of her character. It's almost as though that part of her exists simply ...more
The Taken wasn't going horribly, I just had trouble believing this whole rockabilly business. I can definitely understand somebody liking the style of a different era but it was just too weird for me here. A journalist speaking in the vernacular of another time? How would people understand what you're talking about! And smoking because it was part of the lifestyle! She divorced her husband (which btw, wasn't done in the 50s) so she could deviate from the norm...after all, I'm sure that ...more
Much like the cover, this book is an interesting mix of new and old. I think the black & white artwork with a splash of colour does a good job of summing up this story in a nutshell. Griffin's fifty years dead and Kit is all about the rockabilly (50's lifestyle). In that respect, they compliment each other well. The main plot revolves around a murder investigation which I really enjoyed because it kept me guessing but in the end, I just couldn't get past the 3rd perso ...more
Griffin Shaw is a "busted" angel who finds himself trying to protect Girl Friday and rockabilly enthusiast, Katherine "Kit" Craig from some very influential people. These men don't want their prostitution ring investigated and they will kill Kit to stop her. Grif helps K ...more
Griffin Shaw is an angel, of sorts, who ferries the recently departed to their next stop. Originally he was a `50s Vegas PI, but since he can't get past the murder of himself and his wife he is stuck on angelic escort detail. Then in a moment of compassion he breaks the rules and is punished by becoming flesh and blood again. He's also forced into the company of one Kit Craig, a rockabilly reporter who is marked for death because of Grif's lapse. S ...more
The Taken begins with a murder and leads us on an investigation that kept me intrigued and guessing until the very end. Originally I thought I was going to be reading a new paranormal romance series but upon completing this book, I'm going to place it in ...more
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Noir/Mystery Thriller Reading Level: Adult
Disclosure: I received a free paperback galley (uncorrected proof) from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets... and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered ...more
It's almost a talent to make a book ...more
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in preparation for an Event that LITERAL ADDICTION was doing with Vicki in mid-June 2012. I'm a fan of Ms. Pettersson's, and seeing that this was the first in a new series I was seriously intrigued. Not to mention that the blurb was original and that peaked my interests even more.
In preparation of the read I did a little research and saw that the pre-release reader reviews were qui ...more
Initially, The Taken didn't fully grab my attention because I had a hard time grasping the rockabilly influences of Katherine "Kit" Craig and the story took it's time sketching out details surrounding the characters. I just couldn't see any fascination in rockabilly lifestyle, and in all honesty I didn't realize that people followed this type of living, in past. The story took it's time pulling together the characters' hows, whys and how comes, which made it for slow read for the first ...more
I didn't like the rockabilly theme or the conveniently 1950's PI ...more
I was really surprised by the number of stars and positive reviews this book has. The dialogue was repetitive and simplistic, as was the exposition that went along with the story itself. Which is a shame, because the story idea was actually very interesting. It was just overshadowed by the same points over and over. (Nicole is ...more
A Centurion's gig should be simple. Someone dies a sudden and violent death, he shows up to escort the terminally confused into the Everlast. That's how it's supposed to go, anyway. Doesn't mean it always goes that way.
It's not that former PI and current angel Griffin Shaw doesn't sympathize with the hooker who got her throat sliced by her last john. She's dead. It sucks. He knows, because fifty years ago he was murdered, too. He deals with it. Mostly.
So okay, he's not ...more
Flummoxed by the death of her best friend and newspaper photographer, Katerine "Kit" Craig embarks on a journey of discovery to answer the questions: Who killed Nicole and why?
Katherine is an investigative reporter at her family's newspaper. Kit and Nic were ...more
Griffin Shaw was murdered 50 years ago. He's now a Centurion and basically helps souls cross over. There's a more intricate process than simp ...more
Griffin Shaw is a Centurion, which means it is his job to find the newly dead and escort them to the Everlast. However when he botches a ...more
I have to say straight away that Celestial Blues is a very different series from what Miss Pettersson wrote previously, as in it's not an urban fantasy. I was expecting one and to my (pleasant) surprise discovered that The Taken was a sort of a murder mystery with slight paranormal elements and distinct noir-ish undertones.
To give it a better definition I would describe it as a love child of Carole Nelson Douglas and Chris F. Holm.
Kit Craig is a intrepid small scale journ ...more
A seedy Las Vegas motel room. A dead hooker (or is she?) A lesser angel (and former PI) named Grif here for another Take. A nosy girl reporter out for vengeance. Sounds good so far, right? Oh, it totally is. When Griffin Shaw comes to collect this Take, he has no idea that it will set him on a course that will force him to examine his former life, and unlife. After a small act of kindness angers his bosses, he’s forced bac ...more
A summer of teen dr ...more
THE TAKEN asks you to buy into two main conceits: the Rockabilly lifestyle that defines Kit Craig a ...more
I have to admit that the beginning of this book was a bit uneven. It had it's moments, but did meander quite a bit toward the middle. Also, although I did enjoy both the main characters, I have to admit that it did bug me that their was SO much about her being a "billie" (person who loves rockabilly). I understood why some characters couldn't get over i ...more
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"I'm not fallen," he said roughly.
"Then what are you?"
He shrugged. "Busted.”