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Pack of Lies (Paranormal Scene Investigations #2)

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My name is Bonita Torres, and eight months ago I was an unemployed college graduate without a plan. Now I'm an investigator with the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team of New York. Pretty awesome, right?

The Cosa Nostradamus, the magical community, isn't quick to give up its secrets, though. Not even to fellow members. Not even when it's in their best inter
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Published January 18th 2011 by Luna (first published January 17th 2011)
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3.5 Stars

I read the first book in this series, Hard Magic in August of 2014, and I'm having trouble remembering a lot of the plot and specifics regarding the characters. It was a pleasant enough read, but definitely felt light. In fact, I even recommended it for those looking for lighter Urban Fantasy fare. After reading this book, I'm not sure I'd stick by that recommendation. This book goes to a much darker place.

*Trigger Warning*
This book contains an attempted rape, murder, and related con
May 25, 2011 Chichipio rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A solid 3-star, but never even close to being a 4.

With the introductions out of the way, there was more time to explore the team and its dynamic. While I enjoyed how the worked the case and nobody was too annoying, I still can't feel a strong connection to any of the characters. With other series, when someone disappears for chapters at a time, I start getting a little anxious and mad at the author for not including that character in that particular scene and other crazy fanboy things that make
A very Cranky 3 stars

There were some really interesting things about this book that would definitely be a fun read for a lot of people interested in this genre – (it's like your typical crime scene procedural/ let's solve the mystery but with magic ala urban fantasy) but.... there was also a lot of things about this book that I found very annoying. And these things made me very cranky because I really like this author and this very cool world that she has created. First, the annoying.

First Pers
Apr 06, 2014 Julia rated it it was ok
Unfortunately this main character was built up to be a 22yo club girl...which she just wasn't. So she has casual sex, but wait no then she says all her relationships are relationships, and knows what four clubs are called and gets in with the bouncer. None of these details went very far in making it believable. It would have been better to just let her be just a regular 22 yo. I really just couldn't reconcile the so-called character trait that the author wanted to give her with who she was in th ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
I loved the first book in this series but this one has some serious problems. First off the POV is limited to Bonnie but the big mystery within the group is Ian's sister who has set out to destroy the paranormal investigators that her brother co-runs. And there's not a good enough reason for her apparently insane actions. Apparently she's a believer in the status quo so much so that she continues to bring the investigators down despite the disastrous consequences of her actions. Maybe it has som ...more
Barbara ★
The agents of PUPI (Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations) are Bonita Torres, Nick, Sharon, Pietr and Nifty with bosses Benjamin Venec and Ian Stosser. They investigate mysteries that occur in the Fae community that may or may not involve humans. They are a completely non-biased group that delve for the truth no matter the consequences.

The mystery in this installment revolves around an immortal unicorn, it's human virgin and two rapists/muggers. When the rapist attacks the girl, the uni
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Nov 29, 2010 Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha) rated it really liked it
Pack of Lies is the second book in Laura Anne Gilman’s PSI series & it is such a better read then book 1. Now we have the scene set from book one, we are familiar with the characters & their habits. Plus the plot in this book goes more indepth than that of book 1. Pack of Lies is just more fun to read!

It’s now eight months after the events in Hard Magic & Bonnie has settled (as much as she can) into her new job with PUPI in New York City. Bonnie & her co-workers are called in to
Mar 20, 2011 Sherri rated it really liked it
I really liked this second book in the Paranormal Scene Investigations series. I enjoyed it even more than the first one, mainly because of the chemistry that is developing between Bonnie and Ben. I can't wait to see how it evolves in future books.

For those that have not read any of the PSI series, it it sort of like paranormal CSI. The team uses their paranormal skills or Talents to solve crimes. The crime in this book is very complex, full of political ramications, and I didn't fully figure i
Mar 25, 2011 Carol. rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. Downgraded partly because the underlying mystery surrounds an attempted rape, and I prefer my escapist fantasies to not spend so much time ruminating over what rape means and how it's threat can change connections to other people. Otherwise very enjoyable, with a solution to the mystery that was quite clever. It's second in a series, but is very readable as a stand-alone book, although I might have benefited from reading Gilman's Retriever series, as it is set in the same ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Kt rated it really liked it
The PUPI team gets a case that seems pretty open and shut. However, they quickly realize things are much more complicated. Tensions rise between the humans and the fatae and it will only take a single spark to ignite a dangerous showdown. Its up to the team to get to the bottom of the case before it's too late. Meanwhile other tensions are brewing as unexplained events happen between Bonnie and Ben making it harder for her to ignore her feelings for him. It seems almost everything is this book i ...more
Katharine Kimbriel
May 21, 2011 Katharine Kimbriel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans, LAG fans, fans of unusual mysteries
Recommended to Katharine by: Found on my own!
Pack of Lies is the second 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 team mates 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.

Eight months into this grand experiment, there are a f
Jeanne Satre
Nov 06, 2012 Jeanne Satre rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The author often rehashes details from the previous book, to the extent it feels like it would be considerably shorter without their inclusion. The relationship between the characters - especially the protagonist and her boss - is at times deeply cliched and somewhat cringe-inducing. The writing itself has not improved from the previous book, and I feel it may have regressed.

This book includes the first real 'action scene' in the series, and the methods used within show a worrying lack of imagi
Mar 12, 2016 Samantha rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, discarded, 2016
I didn't really love the first book, but I was hoping the second would possibly be better. That hope was in vain. The second was bad enough that I tossed it about 25% of the way through.

While in the first book we're treated to Bonnie wanting to screw virtually every male she sees, in the second book a client is raped (or almost raped--the book can't really seem to decide which. If she was raped it was like a three second rape from start to finish, which isn't even possible since it takes longer
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This was the second book in the Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman and read by Romy Nordlinger. I started this audiobook soon after the conclusion of Hard Magic. It was easy to dive right back into the story, though the author did give us a bit of a catch up at the beginning for those new to the series or just needing a refresher.

Once again we followed Bonita Torres, young magic user and member of the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team in New York. After the su
Pack of Lies is the second book in the Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne-Gilman. It is just as good as the first one. Maybe a little better because the very first paragraph grabs you.

There are a lot of reasons I really liked this book. It moves fast, there is plenty of drama and the potential for a soul mate. Not sure; it reads like that, but no one is accepting it as such.

There is also a unicorn. I like unicorns (almost as much as I like dragons and there are dragons in this too!) a
Jan 14, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by:
Shelves: para-other
P.U.P.I (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations) is back and taking on a case that makes the unaffiliated portion of their name rather important. The fatae is a group that consists of all pure magical creatures. When a fatae is forced to kill a Talent (magic user) during an attack, P.U.P.I is called in to find what really happened.

The case centers around an attempted rape and this really gets under Bonita's skin. She's so free and open with her sexuality that someone using sex as a wea
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

I have always been a sucker for magic mixed with realism, for me, mundane details about a fantastical premise make everything that much more enjoyable and plausible. Laura Anne Gilman is a master at this style of storytelling, and easily juggles realistic mystery, racial and political infighting, and a rich magical tradition. All of these elements were a slam dunk in her Retrievers series and continue to delight in
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Jan 10, 2011 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it
On the heels of Gilman's Hard Magic, Pack of Lies is the second book in the Paranormal Scene Investigations series. I was impressed with the debut and so had high expectations for this novel to be equally as entertaining.
In Pack of Lies, the PUPI team have been involved in a handful of cases in the intervening 8 months but are still struggling to be accepted. The Council has engaged them in a new case that seems to be open and shut but it quickly becomes apparent that not all is as it seems. Th
Feb 09, 2011 Angeloflight rated it it was amazing
Pack of Lies begins a few months after Hard Magic, and there's a lot of action right from the beginning.

This time PUPI is investigating an attempted rape and this really disturbs Bonita since she's so open about her sexuality and she can't understand how some people can use sex to hurt. For some time she became really paranoid around men, wich I totally understood (heck I would be even more paranoid).

What should have been an easy case got to be more complicated them they expected. Things start g
I'm happy to say that this book was just as good as I'd hoped it would be. The first book in this series was a bit slow getting going. Despite having the same system of magic and location as Gilman's Retrievers series, everything still needed to be laid out, plus the new ideas behind the paranormal investigations needed to be explored. In this book Gilman was able to jump right in, and to focus on a great plot with fun characters.

Unlike me, Gilman has a real talent for making her stories come a
Ana (Owl Always Be Reading)
This is the second book to the Paranormal Scene Investigation series. I have to first say that I did not read the first book and for that reason I felt a little lost and confused, but overall it was a pretty good read.

Bonnie Torres is an investigator for Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations also known as P.U.P.I. Her and her teammates investigate magic crimes and but try to focus on the facts and the evidence rather than getting mixed in all the political stuff. Right off the bat, the
Oct 31, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Original review at http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspo... on January 17, 2011

Laura Anne Gilman
Harlequin Luna Books Imprint
Release Date 01/18/2011 (Amazon date)
E-ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
No remuneration was exchanged

I love this genre: the good, the bad, and even the ugly books that seem to be propagating like rabbits through the universe.

The speculative fiction genres are on an uptick at
Jan 20, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
The second book of the Paranormal Scene Investigations series (after Hard Magic) finds Bonita Torres and the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations (PUPI) team still settling down months after the events of their last case. Tensions between people - both with Talent and those without - and the Fatae has never been that settled, but an attack on a young woman with her Fatae companion, which results in the death of one of the attackers, quickly devolves from an open-and-shut case to one th ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is the second book in the Paranormal Scene Investigations Series and I did not get a chance to read the first book, Hard Magic. I was easily able to start with book 2 and not feel like I was missing any valuable information. I like when a book in a series can also stand on its own so this was a good thing in my opinion. The main character Bonnie is a member of P.U.P.I (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations). The team is like a paranormal CSI and I really liked following along as ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I like this series. This is the second book in this series but the third one I have read in the last two days.
PUPI has now been open for 8 months. They are all working well together as a team. Still a lot of people don't want them around afraid of what they might find.
Ian is excited about a case they just recieved. It is new and the first one they actually get to the scene before the evidence gets smudged. Unlucky for Bonnie she is the best of gleaning and remembering everything so she gets to
Jun 19, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Pack of Lies
By Laura Anne Gilman
Copyright February 2011
Publisher Luna

My name is Bonita Torres, and eight months ago I was an unemployed college graduate without a plan. Now I'm an investigator with the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team of New York. Pretty awesome, right?
The Cosa Nostradamus, the magical community, isn't quick to give up its secrets, though. Not even to fellow members. Not even when it's in their best interests. So we've been busting our tails, perfecting our fo
May 01, 2012 Estara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked the 1st in the series
Recommended to Estara by: enjoyed the 1st one recommended by Kari Spelling
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Natasha Chowdory
Oct 21, 2012 Natasha Chowdory rated it really liked it
After reading the first one, I went and downloaded this to my Kindle straight away. I wasn't disappointed, I wrote a short review of the other book, because I think this book is more indicative of what the author wants to do, and also it's just a better book than the first. It isn't as one-dimensional as the first, in that all the characters are given more space to develop and we get to see the 'Pack' interract in different settings which adds some variety to them just being in the office. My on ...more
Pack of Lies is a decent crime-investigation type of novel mixed with a lot of magic and paranormal.

The world is fairly interesting, following the usual urban-fantasy traits: modern setting - check, magic - check, secret paranormal society - check. The magic model is one of more interesting ones, because it is very much science, as in, it follows exact rules, and knowledge is everything. This is especially fascinating, because in this world there are a lot of unknowns about magic: no one is real
Angela  M
Jan 26, 2011 Angela M rated it really liked it
While I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Hard Magic, this book really took the series to a new level. Book one was a lot of character and world development. This book on the other hand really threw us into the action. The team is put on the job of a new investigation from the beginning, and although it seems like a cut and dry case, they soon find out that it's not what the expected, and a lot is on the line.

The main character of this book is a kick-butt, never holding back, smart-m
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