The town of Harborsmouth is a hotbed of all things supernatural. When the supernatural community is in need of a little detective help, there is one p...moreThe town of Harborsmouth is a hotbed of all things supernatural. When the supernatural community is in need of a little detective help, there is one place to turn – Ivy Granger Physic Detective – owner of Private Eye. By touching an object, Ivy gets visions of the item’s owner, not always a good talent to have. To keep herself from be swamped, Ivy covers herself from head to foot and avoids all contact, again not so good when your beau is the hunky king of the local kelpie – Ceffyl Dwr, Ceff to Ivy.
Things are going well for Ivy and her roommate/BFF/partner/receptionist Jinx, ever since Ivy was instrumental in saving the city from some pretty nasty creatures. She is happy with Ceff and even gets to sneak away every once in a while to Sacred Heart Church to pet her favorite unicorn – Galliel. Well, there is one little bump in her bliss, Ivy recently discovered her father is none other than the king of Wisps, thus making Ivy half wisp and a princess. O.k. maybe there are two little bumps in her bliss, the other being Ceff’s ex-wife, Melusine who happens to be a sea serpent and crazy as they come. Still, things could be worse right?
Yep, you betcha they could and are about to get that way when Ivy realizes she is having problems handling her wisp abilities, going around glowing is frowned upon by the powers that be. Number one on her to do list, find someone who can help her find her father and train her to get a handle on the glowing bit. Bad things tend to come in threes, so Ivy shouldn’t be surprised to find her business suddenly swamped with distraught faerie parents, someone has been kidnapping kids in the faerie community. So control powers, find missing kids and keep from being killed. Just another day in the life of Ivy Granger – Psychic Detective.
I was introduced to Ms. Stevens’ writing with her YA Spirit Guide series and became a fan. Her heroines are just a little flawed, full of snarky humor, and surrounded by quirky yet loyal friends. After reading the first book of the series, I knew Ms. Stevens had the makings of another great story. She has landed firmly on her feet with this book, her characters are fun and quirky, just a little different and full of life, and they have become old friends. The supernatural world of Harborsmouth is so well built by Ms. Stevens, there are times I find myself tempted to do a Google search so I can go visit.
Ivy is growing into her powers, she is taking self-defense lessons from hunter, Jenna, so she can protect her city and friends, and she takes her responsibilities seriously. Her relationship with Ceff is moving along, even though she is tentative to touch. Ceff is completely smitten with her and willing to wait. Got to love a kelpie who is patient, right? Even BFF Jinx is taking a bigger role in her own protection. She is also taking lessons from Jenna and has found she is good with a crossbow. Of course, poor Jinx is as accident prone as her name implies, so I worry about her handling a sharp object but she seems to be doing o.k. with it. There are all sorts of other wonderful characters walking the pages of this story, we get to meet a very interesting cat sidhe – Sir Torn, and I have to say he is one smart cat. Evil, crazy Melusine is one formidable enemy, and she has help from a surprising source, nope I’m not saying who.
I love being told a good story and they just don’t get any better than this. There is romance, action, mystery, plenty of things that go bump in the night, all told with humor and style. As Ivy would say “mabs bones” who could ask for more? Well, I could of course, I’m just greedy that way, may I have some more Ms. Stevens?
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