Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Under Wraps (Underworld Detection Agency, #1)” as Want to Read:
Under Wraps (Underworld Detection Agency, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Under Wraps (Underworld Detection Agency #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,794 Ratings  ·  302 Reviews
Sophie Lawson 32, human narrator, sees through magic veils, works for the Underworld Detective Agency below San Francisco Police HQ. Her boss Pete is a handsome werewolf - missing. Her roommate Nina is a fashionista vampire with teen nephew Vlad. Her new partner gorgeous detective Parker Hayes is not what he seems. A killer takes eyes, blood, hearts - is Sophie next?
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Kensington
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Hounded by Kevin HearneDragon Bound by Thea HarrisonFirst Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesKindling the Moon by Jenn BennettThe Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
2011 Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Debuts
24th out of 108 books — 584 voters
Divergent by Veronica RothUnearthly by Cynthia HandDelirium by Lauren OliverBloodlines by Richelle MeadWither by Lauren DeStefano
First In Series (2011)
230th out of 418 books — 997 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 07, 2012 Felicia rated it liked it
I have to review this on my shelves because THIS COVER IS SO MISLEADING I CANT EVEN STAND IT IM SO MAD!!!!!

So, I do NOT like the really frothy romantic comedy-type chick-lit books, and that's why I feel like my rating does not represent this book well, but I feel like the publisher is being PAID TO SELL A BOOK to the CORRECT AUDIENCE and this cover implies:

-Badass chick
-Edgy world
-There might be fire or crap blowing up in the background



I don't even know how to rate
May 11, 2011 Rochelle rated it did not like it
This book was dreadful. The author and the editor should be ashamed to their core for putting this out there.

1. In case you've ignored all the other reviews, the cover is completely and totally wrong.

2. The 'hero' is a complete and utter asshole. Not bad boy asshole, but very racist and crude, drunk, Republican brother in law at Thanksgiving asshole. And the author seems to think that the readers should overlook this and root for him to get laid by the heroine because he is so hot. Seriously.

The cover of this book might make you think of Kate Daniels or Mercy Thompson. This is nothing like those books. It is like comparing Star Wars to Spaceballs. Absolute silliness. Which is fun, once you get used to it. It made me laugh a lot.

Our "hero" is named Sophie. She works at the Underworld Detective Agency, which is located below ground under the San Francisco PD, as a secretary to a werewolf. Actually, she's an administrative assistant so don't be buying her a cake on Secretary's Day or s
Mar 20, 2012 Kati rated it did not like it
That was AWFUL! I can't remember the last time I read such a terrible book. I made it through 150 pages and then I had to drop it because it was so bad! I can't believe this got published in the first place and some people actually like it. The jumpy plot aside, the heroine was such a manhungry wimp that I wanted to slap her. She made me embarrassed of being a woman, that has never happened before!

She is all about fluffy baths and fluffy bathrobes and fluffy bread while watching reruns of Gossip
Oct 18, 2014 Darcy rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book, the synopsis sounded good, but for me at least, the execution wasn't there. Sophie seemed to me to be a boy crazy bubble head. I couldn't stand the way random thoughts would pop into her head, about men, being on a case and thinking it was going to be like CSI. After 60 pages of this I had to give it up. This one just wasn't for me.
If you are judging Under Wraps by its cover, resplendent in leather and holding a sword, magic immune leading lady Sophie - who works for the Underword Detection Agency - looks like shes ready to kick backside and take names. This is not the case, instead, the Underworld Detection Agency is really much more like Social Services for the supernatural (Fill that out in triplicate. Next.) And Sophie who is far more likely to be found in twin sets, pencil skirts and sensible shoes is executive assist ...more
Ann aka Iftcan
Ok, the cover on this book is more than a bit misleading. Fortunately, I KNEW that, having read the reviews over on Its more UF-lite than anything else. The heroine is a "plain Jane, vanilla norm" who works at the Underworld Detection Agency as the administrative assistant to the head of the SF branch. And, despite the Detection part of the name--think more Social Services than Mickey Spillane.

Sophie Lawson joins the legions of other red-haired heroines of UF chronicles, except that
Grace Fonseca
Apr 10, 2011 Grace Fonseca rated it it was amazing
Don't let the cover fool you. This book was awesome. I loved the characters and the world building. Really like the twists and turns that this book took. I really didn't expect a lot of the turns that this book took.

What I liked about this book was that this book had a mystery in it. I'm a sucker for a good mystery. The mystery starts off like any other mystery would. Detective Parker Hayes comes to the UDA which is short for the Underworld Detective Agency, where our heroine Sophie Lawson work
Fiendishly Bookish
3.5 Stars.

Hannah Jayne’s light-hearted debut Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles Under Wraps centers on breather Sophie Lawson a seer (who has yet to come into her powers) and who works in the rather unusual UDA, 37 floors below the San Francisco Police Department. Beneath the hilly streets of above, the UDA handles the immigration, immersion, law and enforcement, inter-species disputes, and general hub of the Underworld population. Think MIB but for the Underworld or the civil servant offic

Ghadeer A
Apr 20, 2011 Ghadeer A rated it it was ok
2,5 stars
Well covers can be deceiving ,there was a redheaded chick and there was a sword but that is all she is no Kate Daniels I can tell you.
The story wasn't that bad but the heroine cries ALOT I mean she is 32 going on 12 it is like she's in a constant case of PMS really .it was annoying .And since the story was told from her POV it was rather confusing to get what she really feels about some people and she did somethings that did not make sense at all.( like the scene in the club with the 2
Kenya Wright
GRANTED I barely got to 4% on my kindle.

-The author thinks she's funny but she is not.

-The main character was annoying.... Great advice to someone writing a book is that the first chapter should tell you what the entire book will be about. for example: murder mystery... the protagonist finds a dead body in first chapter. the first chap in this book said: This is about an annoying awkwardly hormone driven adult woman. You will be listening more to her dumb thoughts then learning about the world
Mar 03, 2014 Kim rated it did not like it
Shelves: has-read
With every new book you read, especially in the paranormal detective genre, you take it with a grain of salt. Some work out fabulously and some, not so much. This one fell in the not some much category. I'm not saying I HATED it, but I can't say I really liked it either. What most of the reviewers says is true. The front cover really has absolutely nothing to do with the book. It's almost like they took small fragments of the storyline to make up a model for the cover. The fact that the main her ...more
Marilou Goodwin
Jun 16, 2011 Marilou Goodwin rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finish
First sentence: This is why I didn't do magic.

Moves on to show the dragon in her office is breathing angry fire on a "Gestalt witch and UDA Accounts Payable shark" or possibly Nina the vampire, settled in an overly-dramatic sitcom-style fight. Then: "I looked over the counter and did a sweep of the UDA waiting room. It was crowded, shin to shoulder, with the usual eleven o'clock crowd of minotaurs, gargoyles, Kholog demons, and trolls...."

Where I stopped reading?

Next page, page 5. There's a qui
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

The cover art for UNDER WRAPS is completely gorgeous. It’s also completely wrong for this story. Just by looking at it, you would expect a dark, gritty urban fantasy featuring a tough and sexy protagonist, right? Wrong. UNDER WRAPS has a decidedly more playful, chick lit tone with a hapless heroine who is almost the polar opposite of the fierce looking model on the cover. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does give the wrong impression.

Now that
Mar 07, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I have really been looking for something different to read, but stay in the world of Vampires, Werewolves, Fae etc. Under Wraps is just what I was looking for and much much more! Sophie works for the UDA the underworld Detective Agency. She is the only mortal living there; well she’s kind of mortal her ability to not be affected by magic helps out in a world where everyone uses magic in the Underworld. Her boss Sampson is a hot werewolf, her best friend is a vampire, and her grandmother was a se ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Ruby rated it really liked it
This review was first posted on

Under Wraps is that rare gem of a novel--something you find quite by accident and without knowing much about it. I found it during one of my incredibly long searches on Amazon, and after I featured it one WoW, Hannah contacted me to offer a copy for review. I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad I did. Hannah Jayne's debut is fun, funny, sexy and deliciously creative. The book world is full of Urban Fantasies. It takes talent to stand o
May 19, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
Under Wraps is the first book in the Underworld Detection Agency. I would have to agree that the cover of the book is definitely misleading and doesn’t portray out heroine correctly. Sophie has no clue how to use any weapons to protect herself or anyone else for that matter. The only thing they get close is her hair color. Maybe Jayne is looking into Sophie’s head when she daydreams that she can be like her vampire roommate Nina, and dress in leather, or believing that she can be another Charlie ...more
Joshua Burns
Dec 29, 2012 Joshua Burns rated it really liked it
As seen on

I am tempted to take Under Wraps to town for its bland title, throwaway drama, annoyingly plain narrator, and revolving door of side characters which come off more as caricatures. But that would be to waste gas. Under Wraps excels at shining light on the little guy, specifically a troll by the name of Steve, who refers to himself in the third person, dresses like a porno agent, smells funky as rotten potatoes, cheese, and rotisserie chicken, moves furniture in Sophie's o
Jun 27, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This cover has caused a bit of a stir among readers.

So, without giving too much of the story away. I'll tell you how I feel about this book now that I have finished it.

It was a slow start for me, because as it has been stated by others . . the cover and story don't match 100%. So, that in itself threw me for a loop. However, once I got past the first few chapters . . I was hooked. At one point I was laughing so hard, my 3 yr old told me to quiet down. I myself, never felt like I had the book fig
Jun 12, 2016 Zarah rated it it was ok

You know, I read a lot and I don't like everything I read. In fact, I seem to be having a stunningly bad year for books. Ive read very few books that I thought wonderful (though those that I loved, I really LOVED), a lot of mediocre ones and have DNFed more books than ever. But there haven't been many that I can say that I thought the writing was fine but I disliked every character in the book. I can say that about Under Wraps. I have to even.

I thought the heroine was whiney and TSTL, and he
Amanda The Book Slayer
This book just wasn't for me. The back and forth between her thinking she was a badass and than being a wimp annoyed me. Parker, I mean Alex ran hot and cold throughout as well. I think my favorite character was Vlad and really that is just sad. This book fell short for me in so many ways.
Some funny moments and an interesting premise, so a mostly enjoyable read. Sophie tends to have lots of similar thoughts and I could have used some more action, but I will continue in the series to see how things progress.
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 26, 2011 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was ok
Quick & Dirty: The suspense and danger of this story sizzle out and was never fully fleshed out. Unfortunately, this entry to the paranormal subgenre barely registers.

Opening Sentence: This was why I didn’t do magic.

The Review:

Sophie Lawson has been tasked with assisting detective Parker Hayes’ murder investigation. Matters are further complicated when her boss goes missing. Sophie and Parker work together to solve the murders and find out what happened to her boss.

Under Wraps is the first b
Apr 30, 2013 Dawn rated it it was ok
Sophie Lawson is an administrative assistant in the UDA (Underworld Detection Agency) and her boss Mr. Sampson is a werewolf. Life is full or forms and business as usual until a series of human murders occur and the chief of police thinks supernatural help is needed to solve the crimes. The chief send Parker Hayes to the UDA for information and he ends up with Sophie as a partner. Together they need to figure out if the murders are by a human or a supernatural person.

This is definitely a light
Fangs for the Fantasy
Dec 12, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it
Sophie works for the UDA – the Underworld Detective Agency. The regulatory body that keeps an eye on San Francisco’s supernaturals, making sure they keep their heads down, making sure they follow the rules and making sure they submit the correct forms in triplicate.

But people have been dying in the city, brutally murdered, in ways that seem supernatural. The police – with detective Hayes as investigating officer – want some expert help on the supernatural denizens of the city. Sophie, as an (alm
Jul 05, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
This was a great book, many have complained that the cover does not match the story itself. With that said this book was funny and witty. You fall in love with all the characters.

Sophie Lawson is an administrative assitant in the Underworld Detective Agency. Which is a DMV for the undead and magical beings. Most humans do not know the existance of the agency let alone work there. Sophie is a human in which magic has no effect on. When a series of murders take place in San Francisco leading to t
Apr 19, 2012 Kt rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Sophie Lawson has an unusual job. She works for the Underworld Detection Agency, assisting the creatures that go bump in the night to make their transition into the regular world. Unlike the rest of the staff, she's human. Although, she isn't quite ordinary as magic cannot touch nor harm her, she has complete immunity. If they knew, other humans would think her insane for immersing herself in this world, but to Sophie, it's just everyday lif
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Verushka

On first glance from the cover, this seems to be a relatively run-of-the-mill underworld fantasy, but I have never known a book to have such a misleading cover before. Sophie, our heroine is exactly the opposite of the woman in the cover, in fact. Sophie is the only human who works as an executive assistant to the kindly werewolf head of the Underworld Detection Agency, Mr Sampson. Think of the agency as underworld bureaucracy in one place. Her b
Jan 01, 2016 Lexie rated it it was ok
Let's go through the 'Guaranteed to Get Lexie's Attention' Checklist:
+ Chick with Sword on Cover CHECK
+ More Snarkiness then you can toss a boot at CHECK
+ Sassy Paranormal Best Friend CHECK
+ Interesting City CHECK

So it has all these things. Theory states that if you give a Lexie her favorite tropes she is BOUND to enjoy the book.

Well I was never very good at science.

The problem is Jayne tried entirely too hard to make Sophie the sassiest, coolest non-magical person in the entirety of Urban Fanta
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “Anyone under three feet tall gives me the creeps; including my kids.“

Sophie Lawson is an “executive assistant” for the head of the UAD-Underworld Detection Agency. Considered a “norm” or “breather” in this all supernatural word, Sophie’s claim to fame is that she is a null. Meaning nothing magical works on her or against her. So Sophie spends her days wrangling all that is supernatural into neat productive beings. Rath
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Urban Fantasy ser...: October BOTM: UNDER WRAPS by Hannah Jayne 4 16 Oct 14, 2015 03:51PM  
  • Red Hot Fury (Shades of Fury, #1)
  • Ascension (Dark Breed, #1)
  • Hunted by the Others (H&W Investigations, #1)
  • Right Hand Magic (Golgotham, #1)
  • A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair, #1)
  • Embers (Anya Kalinczyk, #1)
  • Trance (MetaWars, #1)
  • Highborn (Dark Redemption, #1)
  • Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee, #1)
  • Deadtown (Deadtown, #1)
  • Deadworld (Jackie Rutledge #1)
  • Skin Deep (Laura Blackstone, #1)
  • Don't Kill The Messenger (Messenger, #1)
  • Viper Moon (Earth Witches, #1)
  • Blood of Eden (Sloane Skye, #1)
  • Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend (Hex, #5)
  • Shadow Kin (The Half-Light City, #1)
  • Confessions of a Demon (Allay, #1)
Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enor ...more
More about Hannah Jayne...

Other Books in the Series

Underworld Detection Agency (6 books)
  • Under Attack (Underworld Detection Agency, #2)
  • Under Suspicion (Underworld Detection Agency, #3)
  • Under the Gun (Underworld Detection Agency, #4)
  • Under A Spell (Underworld Detection Agency, #5)
  • Under the Final Moon (Underworld Detection Agency, #6)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“I wanted to be afraid, especially when I saw the long,thin sword he carried in his hand, but I couldn't.

The man was wearing a Snuggie.”
“Fanpires ?"
"Breathers who pretend to be vampires. Anytime a new vampire movie comes out, they're out in the droves. Thanks a lot, Twilight.”
More quotes…