I have been aware for a while that lesbian romances have become more popular than lesbian detective stories. I’ve always preferred the latter. I was wI have been aware for a while that lesbian romances have become more popular than lesbian detective stories. I’ve always preferred the latter. I was wandering in my local library, browsing my favourite shelves, when my eyes spotted ‘Hold of the Bone’ by Baxter Clare Trautman. At last, something to relax over the weekend!
LAPD Lieutenant L.A. Franco, aka Frank, thinks she is happy. She’s been sober for five years, she has a girlfriend, she is eligible for retirement, homicide has gone down in her area. She has a good life. But what does she really want in life? The corpse of a man long dead is discovered on a building site. Frank heads to the captivating Santa Lucia Mountains to talk to the deceased’s relatives and solve this cold case. There she meets Sal, the daughter of the dead man.
This lesbian crime novel is well written, light, mystical and detailed. It is a mixture of longing and search for fulfilment as far as Frank is concerned, but she is not totally aware of it. With guides, seen and unseen, and some unexpected ones, Frank eventually makes her decision. However there are twists and surprises along the way.
A fascinating read that might leave the readers wondering about their own lives and desires. ...more
Truthfully I only read the free sample from Amazon, but it is enough to see that it is a lesbian supernatural novel stretched over a hard-boiled P.I.Truthfully I only read the free sample from Amazon, but it is enough to see that it is a lesbian supernatural novel stretched over a hard-boiled P.I. canvas. Since Linda K. Hamilton wrote her Anita Blake series, many tried to write the lesbian version or thereabout. 'Iron & Velvet' is light reading. I haven't decided yet if I want to get the rest of the book....more
‘Whispers of the Dead’ is a detective story with a difference. The main character, and narrator, is a clairvoyant and a Wiccan. While Zoe’s main job i‘Whispers of the Dead’ is a detective story with a difference. The main character, and narrator, is a clairvoyant and a Wiccan. While Zoe’s main job is as a Tarot reader, her work as a consultant for the police seems to be taking her life over. She has a strong personality and the homicide detectives don’t seem to mind following her lead.
A series of murders, apparently ritual, are baffling the cops in the Baltimore area. Zoe is called to one of the crime scenes to shed some light. Despite seeing the bits and pieces of corpses and having a vision, she discards the possibility of a werewolf culprit as all lycanthropes have been killed. Then, what? Who? And who will be the next victim?
This captivating novel, while being action-packed, has room for Zoe’s supernatural visions and for the Wiccan spirituality. Zoe is a solitary Wiccan, but her best friend is the High Priestess of a local coven. However the nurse, in the hospital where Zoe stays for a short time after a murder attempt unconnected to the case, might not be as good a Wiccan.
While I enjoyed the flow, the humour, the well developed characters, and the Wiccan perspective of ‘Whispers of the Dead’, I noticed that the detectives basically let Zoe lead the case and almost consider her like one of their own, despite the fact that she is just a consultant.
‘Whispers of the Dead’ is an excellent read that echoes of the Anita Blake series written by Laurell K. Hamilton. A Wiccan novel.
Note: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ...more