This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (Linnet Ellery #1)
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This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (Linnet Ellery #1)

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What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Ve...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Tor Books
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Aug 17, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of female-centered UF and chick-lit.
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: Tasha Turner

I'll go with my initial thoughts:

Strangely, it doesn't suck.

If it sounds like I'm damning with faint praise, I don't mean to disparage; it's that in a genre packed with poorly-written tropes, I've become used to disappointment.

The basic story surrounds a twenty-something woman, fresh out of law school; vampires, Alfar (fae) and werewolves out of the closet; questions of identity, dating, rolling briefcases and shopping; and yet I didn't roll my eyes once. If you've followed any of my reviews, yo...more
Carly
Imagine a place where the lawyers are literal bloodsuckers, movie star glamor isn't just a metaphor, and where the top CEOs really are "lead wolves". Welcome to Linnet Ellery's world. In the 1960s, the fantastic creatures came out of hiding, and humans discovered that vampires, werewolves, and elves weren't only real but were effectively running the world. It's now 2010, and most humans have become accustomed to a world led by these "spooks," or, to use the politically correct term, "the Powers....more
Jeffrey
"This Case is Gonna Kill Me" is unique in the oversaturated urban fantasy area. Its an enjoyable blend of the action packed legal thriller set in a re-imagined present day world filled with vampires, werewolves and elves. It’s a winning combination.

The vampires, werewolves and elfs came out of the “closet” and have risen to powerful positions in society, owning industry, running their own law firms, and now interacting openly with their former “prey”. The world has learned to accommodate these...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2012/08/...

When Linnet Ellery begins working at the White-Fang (yep, vampires) law firm of Ishmael, McGillary, and Gold, she realizes rather quickly that her professional life may be a bit boring for a while. Taken under the wing of lawyer Chip Westin, she’s recruited to help out on a case that’s been in litigation for many years. Stagnation seems inevitable, until a werewolf invades the law firm one evening, brutally murdering Chip,...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Sep 25, 2012 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/07/this-case-is-gonna-kill-me-excerpt
In case you're the kind of person who cares, the cover on here is not the correct one. This had at least two preliminary covers — one showed the main character from the neck down, holding a briefcase; the other (currently displayed) shows a woman who looks a little gothy but very sour and cross. In the version I read, the cover shows a blonde lady wearing the same clothes as the gothy one.

Something that bothered me slightly: this was presented (here, here, here) as the debut of a new author. In...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Paranormal legal urban fantasy set in a richly detailed world but with a character that is hard to connect with and many questions left unanswered this novel may not appeal to all.

Opening Sentence: “This case is gonna kill me.”

The Review:

Fresh out of college, Linnet Ellory gets the opportunity to work for one of the best law firms in New York City. She is given the worst job as a lawyer, working on a case that has been in and out of court fo...more
Ami
I am sorry, but I just cannot take a character seriously, when this adult lawyer-third in class at Yale, is calling her parents "Mommy" and "Daddy". I lose any respect for her when she keeps describing "Daddy this, Daddy that". NO. JUST. NO.

In addition, I feel like Linnet in the whole book, either screams, cries, sobs -- and I don't see any evidence of her being smart and wins a case based on her own merit. Oh, and also from being a 'victim' of her player-of-a-boss then jump into sexual relation...more
Shauna
This Case Is Gonna Kill Me is written by Phillipa Bornikova, a pseudonym of Melinda Snodgrass. Which I only mention because it sounds so perfect a name for a Harry Potter character. I'll admit, the bastardized English versions of Irish names and place names more often than not amount to sheer gobbledegook, but Snodgrass is just a brilliant name.

3.5 stars. Predictable, but that won't keep me from reading the next in series.
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
I don't know that I would compare this to Anita Blake...(at least from what I have read of that series) I ended up trying the Audio when it was available with one of Audibles "2 for 1 Credit" sales, I liked the Narrator and thought it was worth a try. It was a little weird listening at first as the narrator also does the Dulcie O'Neil series so those were the characters I heard for like the first hour...but then they took on their own life.

I really like Linnet, I could of done without some of he...more
Yodamom
Review to comeLinnet Ellery a young female human lawyer at a male vampire law firm tackles more than just the good ole' boy club. She faces, werewolves, Elves, catty women, back stabbing co-workers, sneaky lawyers, liars and bad sex. She was taken/given as a child to live in a vampire home, fostering and is comfortable in their world. Well she thought she was, everything is about to get tangled and twisted. She is stuck in a non-ending case with one of the law firm lessor lawyers. Well, it was n...more
Mara
Ah, the joy of "lying" blurbs.

-This book had nothing in common with The Firm or the Anita Blake series, as long as you don't consider "things in common" the setting (a law firm). (I can't really find anything in common with AB.)

-The phrase "After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases" is false. Linnet does nothing wrong, except finding herself between two partners in conflict. She is immediately assigned one "lost-hope" case.

-In this book, Linnet...more
Nafiza
Whoever named this novel must have been on crack because honestly, along with book covers, no, more than book covers, it is the titles of books that lure me in and This Case is Gonna Kill Me does not, in any way, attract me as a reader. The book could have been called so many other things that would have aptly, more attractively, reflected the story within but alas.

Moving on, the novel has a very interesting set up. Vampires, werewolves and fairies all inhabiting the world of law. Lawyering and...more
Stephen Ormsby
This is an awesome story. Linnett goes to work at a White Fang (read vampire) law firm after one of the partners recommends her. Quickly enough she learns she was hired as part of a power struggle between partners. Great start to a new job, huh? It couldn’t get worse you would reckon? Try having your boss ripped apart by a werewolf. That’s as far into the story as I am going, as I already feel I’ve gone too far.

I thought the new take on vampires and werewolves was great without displaying any of...more
Scooper Speaks
Favorite Lines: “I hardened and pressed my hips against hm while reaching down to cup his penis. He shifted off to the side, and I couldn’t reach him. Then his fingers were probing deep inside, but it felt more like an examination, testing the level of moisture between my legs.

And then he entered me with one hard lunge. I gasped, but it wasn’t from pleasure. I opened my eyes. He hung over me, taking his weight on his forearms. His brow was furrowed with concentration, but his expression was blan
...more
Debbie
ok -this story was ok - but there were parts that bugged the heck out of me and some were the author's fault and some were the publisher's fault..

there may be spoilers ahead...
first of all I hate that the author dropped designer names when describing clothing...it seemed so 'sex in the city' and reminded me of when you are watching a tv show and two of the characters start talking about the features in their Prius...but when I mentioned this to a friend she said it happens a lot in romance novel...more
Tracy
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Original World, Likable Heroine

Maybe it used to be a dog-eat-dog world, but since humans became aware of the existence of the Powers - vampires, werewolves, and elven Álfar who have been integrated into society and hold positions of power in the country and around the globe - it's a different sort of feeding frenzy altogether. Not that Linnet Ellery feels that way. She was fostered in a vampire Household and groomed for the law.

After graduating top of her class and passing the bar...more
Theresa
Thanks to John Grisham and Scott Turow legal thrillers have become a staple of popular fiction. In her first book, This Case Is Gonna Kill Me, Phillipa Bornikova attempts to add a new genre to the paranormal aisle by fusing urban fantasy with the legal-eagle mystery-- with middling results.

Linnet Ellery is fresh out of law school but, thanks to rich and influential parents, lands a job at a high powered "white fang" law firm run by vampires. She's assigned as an assistant to a low-ranking lawyer...more
Cynthia Armistead
This book was an unexpected delight. Lawyers? Meh. Even lawyers with paranormal spice.

But Linnet Ellery is no ordinary lawyer, even for a young lawyer in a White Fang law firm. She has no end of backbone and smarts, not to mention luck - or should I say Luck? Because fortune swirls around her like nobody else, making her a nexus of events and a little too conspicuous for her very discreet employers.

That's not to say that she doesn't make her share of mistakes - that wouldn't be any fun, now wo...more
Darrell
Some of the other reviews compare this character & world to that of Laura K. Hamilton's Anita Blake. I respectfully disagree. In Linnet Ellery's world the vampires and werewolves are the powers in society (collectively the Powers). Unlike Hamilton's world where the undead and shape-shifters are more behind the scene and not looking to control society. There also is the addition of the Elves. Which in this world, is a mixture of the Fae and the traditional Elves. This approach is unique for...more
Dr susan
I am very glad that I did not believe the RT book review for This Case is Gonna Kill Me. Linnet is a wonderful 'accidental' heroine. Bornikova's world is uniquely her own, and it is nothing like Anita Blake's or Mercy Thompson's; if the book had been like The Firm, I would not have made it through the first chapter. This Case is an enjoyable urban fantasy that deserves its own place in the genre. I cannot wait to find out where the story takes Linnet.
After reading This Case again, I have decided...more
Runningrabbit
I found this an incredibly well put together story. The writing was succinct and erudite, definitely being one of the better works I've read in contemporary literature in terms of vocabulary and articulation.

I liked the characters and considered the actions within the plot passing for pretty realistic and raging with commonsense and objective hindsight. Yehhh! for Phillipa - not many novels seem to garner an ounce of sense with actions where cause and effect seem to have no impact.

The suspense...more
Larry Lennhoff
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Darcy
I am not even sure how this book ended up on my radar, but I am sure glad that it did. There is a blurb on the book that labels this as John Grisham meets Buffy, and that is just what this book is. Part of it reads like a Grisham books, but it is filled with vamps and werewolves, which adds for some excitement among all the petty lawyer politics.

It is hard not to like Linnet, she is surprising down to earth, seems to know just where her place is in this world and is ok with it. Her being raised...more
Cherry Mischievous
Review:

I am not fond of books with too long a title. If this book didn't have Therese Plummer's name attached to it, I would never have bought it. I am obviously an old Therese Plummer fan, that usually means that the narrator would rate a 5 out of 5 even before I started listening to the audiobook. But I have learned that nice though her voice is, she is the kind of reader who is not for all genres. I don't think her personality fits this book at all. I find Therese Plummer's too "soft-hearted...more
Julia
It is clear that THIS CASE IS GONNA KILL ME is just the beginning for Linnet Ellery. A quirky mix of privilege and deprivation, I had a hard time bonding with her as more than just the narrator describing a great world. Still, Linnet is the sort of person who listens to that inner voice that tells to do the right thing (even when that means going head to head with a murderous werewolf with nothing more than hairspray), and I like her enough to want to read more.

Linnet's point of view makes for a...more
Dayla
Article first published as Book Review: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova on Blogcritics.

Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy for review

Set in New York City, This Case is Gonna Kill Me is an urban fantasy novel by Phillipa Bornikova that features vampires, werewolves, and fairies. Bornikova challenges the romanticized image of vampires, werewolves, and other mythical creatures in today’s literature. Her novel draws the reader in with its fast-paced an...more
Sarah
3.5/5 stars

This Case is Gonna Kill Me is one of those urban fantasy books that is a lot of fun on one hand, and kind of lacking a bit on the substance on the other. However, while I usually complain about that, minus a few small issues here and there, this book really stands on its own feet. This Case is Gonna Kill Me features a believable and engaging protagonist struggling through a prominent law firm. This isn’t a cheap urban fantasy thrill; rather it’s a cut above the rest. With an ending ni...more
Jenn
This book has been on my Want list for quite some time but I’ve been tightening up the ol’ book budget so I waited until it was released as a mass market paperback. I’m glad I was able to find it while I was in Florida since it’s an enjoyable and slightly different urban fantasy. It’s part legal procedural, part urban fantasy, and all good.

Linnet is nothing like your typical urban fantasy heroine. She doesn’t have superpowers, she doesn’t have magic, and she doesn’t have secret supernatural heri...more
Jane
Lawyers right? Boring. Lawyer Cases? Even more boring.
But this book about Lawyers and their cases? Not boring.

I actually really liked this. You think you're going to be bored, You think the book is going to suck, And then it turns around and pleasantly surprises you.

Unfortunately, I stopped reading exactly after Linett said 'Yes' to Ryan's offer, Because that really peeved me off. It's so obvious he's a jerk, I haven't read what happens next, but I already know he's going to be a jerk and do som...more
Art Lueder
A quick and entertaining book. In this universe the Vampires, Werewolves, and Alfar (Fae) came out in the 1960s and are pretty much ruling the world. Not that they weren't before but they are just more up front about it. Linnet Ellery comes from an affluent Connecticut family and was fostered by a Vampire home from the age of eight. She is fresh out of law school and beginning her career in a powerful "white fang" law firm. However she is put under the slovenly Chip Westin with a case that has b...more
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Phillipa Bornikova has been the story editor of a major network television series, a horse trainer, and an oil-company executive. She lives in the Southwest.

A pseudonym of Melinda M. Snodgrass (see her GR bio.)
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