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Nica of Los Angeles

(Frames #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  52 reviews
A fantasy adventure with detective and dystopian elements.

When rookie private eye Nica takes on a mysterious case, she enters a world of multiple dimensions called Frames, where buildings and lawn chairs can be sentient, where a stray cat has great powers, where books can be killers, and clouds can be spies. At home, Nica tackles missing persons cases, while in the larger
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Published September 4th 2014 by Smashwords
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Is writing, as somebody once said to me, the most conservative of the arts? As a teenager I was stopped in my tracks by an early (and very unVancelike) Jack Vance short story, and ever since I've been on the lookout for more of whatever it was that The Men Return did to my mind while reading it. It described a place utterly unlike our own Universe, a zone where even the laws of nature - the very fabric of reality itself - is strange, different...surreal. And it's no accident that I've had to use ...more
N.N. Light
Nica is a rookie private detective and even though she tried her best to not get involved, she's drawn into three weird cases. Before Nica has a chance to blink twice, the world she knows falls away and the truth is revealed. The world is made up of Frames where anything is possible and Nica is called upon to help defeat the Big Bad.

I have to admit, when I first started reading this book, I was totally confused. I didn't have any background information and immediately was drawn into the mind of
Ok, so the time it took me to read this is not an indication of my disinterest or lack of engagement to the story, instead I ended up doing NaNoWriMo and a massive work project in between August and Dec.

That aside, Nica's tale certainly contained a lot of interesting and original ideas. The world building was fresh and the characters rather amusing.

I think my favourite characters were Miles and Monk, purely because of the intellectual way they spoke and sense of humour. I also found I developed
Scott Peters
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a great first line: "The older I get the more feral I become." This delightfully headstrong internal pondering is the sort of thing you can expect from Nica, the witty rookie detective who heads up "Nica of Los Angeles" by Sue Perry.

When we meet Nica in her office, she's faced with the unpleasant task of trying to turn down a well drawn, strung out female client. A second client soon arrives; a couple begging for help tracking down a missing girl. Things turn weird when Nica takes a break
Christina McMullen
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love a book that defies genres and this is one that defies splendidly. Part pulp detective, part fantasy, part chick lit, with a dash of comedy to tie it all together, Nica of Los Angeles is an adventure from the very first page. No really, you may find yourself inexplicably exhausted after reading the first chapter. So much happens in so few words that I felt much like I do when I've had more caffeine than is advisable.
Nica is a private investigator who doesn't let things like licenses and ex
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Darlene by: Sue Perry
Ever give points just for its uniqueness? I knew I would from almost the first page of Nica of Los Angeles. In fact, that uniqueness nearly had me closing the book and moving on. What a loss that would have been! Instead, I substituted Frames with the thought of other dimensions. I could hear one of the scientists on the Science Channel talking about how another dimension would be as close as a breath away from us. Plopping that bit of science into my understanding of the story helped me believe ...more
Rachel Brune
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of both hard-boiled detective stories and speculative fiction, this book piqued my interest. Nica, the protagonist, is more Kinsey Millhone than Sam Spade, but the novel hooks you in and doesn't let go. A brand-new detective (so new she hasn't actually had time to apply for a license) Nica finds herself at the nexus of three separate cases which slowly but surely begin to entangle themselves and her. She soon discovers that this world is simply one of many parallel worlds, or Frames, an ...more
Shari Sakurai
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Nica of Los Angeles (Frames #1) is a very clever and gripping novel which incorporates two very different genres (mystery and fantasy) and combines them perfectly.

Nica is a rookie private investigator who, by two mysterious clients, is drawn into the world of Frames where different dimensions exist alongside each other. Whilst trying to get to grips with her altered reality, Nica is also trying to solve a missing person’s case in he
Carole P. Roman
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nica of Los Angles is a fantasy wrapped around a gritty detective story. Hard boiled, but inexperienced private investigator Veronica Sheridan Taggart Ambrose Taggart Ickovic finds herself with more clients than she can handle. A missing duffle, a missing teen, and a mystery of a blood soaked garden collide with strange visions. With the help of two very strange clients, and their inhaling device, she enters a new reality where buildings have conversations as though they are beings.

Inventive, ex
Louise White
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sue Perry's Nica in LA was a pleasure to read with plenty of action, adventure and suspense. I loved Nica's well rounded and adult character (Different from the soul searching angst of my usual YA genre.) She is a woman of many skills and plenty of life experience. Strong and self assured with a quick wit and generosity of spirit, it's clear that some may take advantage of her. 
The Frames was a concept very well done, and was intrigued by the characters, especially the fantastical that were intr
Pat Adeff
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys a good SciFi romp!
Recommended to Pat by: Sue Perry
I was given a copy of Sue Perry's book, Nica of Los Angeles (1st Ch) in exchange for an honest review. At first I had trouble getting into the story, but only because I haven't read that much SciFi. THAT SAID, once I got in the groove I truly enjoyed this feast for the mind! The main character, Nica, is a private detective (by default mostly) with a wicked self-deprecating sense of humor and tons of energy. Ms. Perry makes her very believable and likeable, and I found myself rooting for Nica in ...more
John Watt
1st of all I would like to thank Sue Perry and Goodreads for the opportunity to read and review this book. Nica is a witty, likable protagonist for this story and Perry does an excellent job of conveying her confusion in the early part of the story. The supporting characters are excellent, and the world(s) constantly goes from the mundane to the fantastical. The villains are sinister and creepy and just seemed to remind of that one person you know who can always walk through crap and still come ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
PDF copy from Author

Nica is a new private detective who lives in her office. She finds herself taking a case where she travels into different dimensions called Frames. There she encounters mysterious activities as she is finds herself involve despite herself.

Trying to cope with her real world cases and the concept of Frame Traveling as people around her are thrown into this world. That she ends up being accused of murder of one of her clients who is still alive in the Frame world and that her ba
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free pdf copy of Nica of Los Angeles from the author, Sue Perry, and was hooked from the beginning.

The main protagonist Nica's sarcastic, occasional stream-of-conscious narration felt very sincere (and was quite humorous!) Her ability to accept the unknown and frightening was courageous and inspiring. I really appreciated the strong female lead who was never defined by her looks nor limited by her gender.

I felt a bond to all the characters and a sense of loss (in a good way) when
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A unique storyline and a strong 3.5 rating, the novel opens up with Nica, hoping her new job as an investigator will be more interesting than her previous jobs. She has no idea how interesting it’s about to get when an other-worldly pair of clients walk into her office. What starts out as a detective mystery / thriller takes a right turn at the Twilight Zone, providing an unpredictable plot and a crazy set of characters. At times, I was reminded of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or Alice in W ...more
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Now this is Urban Fantasy the way I like to see done: immediate, perfect suspension of disbelief, widely divergent characters fully delineated, complex and riveting story lines, writing so good the pages practically turn themselves--and then when the last page is turned, the reader drifts awake from the dream: "Where's the next book? When? I want to reenter my dream!"
Jamie Pancake
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story about things not being as they seem on the surface. Nica is a PI who starts to see things in a new way when she is approached for detective work by three different clients. She has to learn how to deal with all of the revelations that she is experiencing, as well as travel through the frames without getting herself into too much trouble. When she is forbidden to travel within the frames and from communicating with her new friends, she will need to get creative in her detect ...more
Kelsi Martin
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Fantasy/Adventure book Nica of Los Angeles written by Sue Perry is about Nica, a self claimed private detective who bites off more than she can chew when she acquires new clients who are not from our frame.

My thoughts on this book when I began to read it, was that I thought it was weird. As I read the first and second chapters I began to notice the language used, I found it to be to pop culture as if the author was trying to hard to relate to the reader or make them laugh. Though the more I
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book started strong, maybe even a little too strong. I was expecting something a little more subtle than what I had gotten. The book jumps straight into the heart of things. The day started normal enough for Nica, but within the span of a few hours, normalcy fell away like a distant dream. It's easy to see the grand endeavour this story tries to set itself up for. Call me a harsh judge, but I think it fell a little short.

Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was gifted with the ebook of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is a promising first book in what I sincerely hope will be a trilogy, if not a series.

It has an intriguing premise, that there are dimensions similar to ours, ( called "Frames" in the book) that people can travel from. We, Earth humans in this Frame, are denied knowledge of it as a neutral party because of some war many millennia ago that is never fully explained or discussed. But many people from the
Bobbie  Bomber
True rating 4.5.

I was given a copy of Nica of Los Angeles by the author in exchange for a honest review.

Sue Parry really nailed a great balance between a gritty detective drama and a gripping urban fantasy that takes you on a interesting journey through different world, or rather frames, where you meet some truly wonderful characters that you just can't help but fall in love with. The plot is as fun as it is suspenseful so you just won't want to put the book down till you finish it.

My favorite t
Susan Lulgjuraj
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe Gumby is real? At least in Nica’s universe, there are Gumby people – and so much more.

In Sue Perry’s re-imagined universe, there are different frames that beings live in. We currently live in one, but there are thousands (maybe even millions) of others that are similar with subtle changes or altogether different. One of them is even filled with Gumby people who can stretch and contort into about any shape.

Nica is trying to get her life started over by becoming a private investigator. She i
Jaffa Kintigh
Nica, a down-on-her-luck PI with an even worse history of romance, narrates this first-of-a-series novel as she finds 3 cases and a twice ex-husband land in her lap in quick succession. From the beginning, her droll sense of humor strikes at the tone of detective noir.

"Are you, like, even listening to what I'm telling you?" the prospective client whined and flicked her hair, which lay like a doormat down her back. I pondered the chicken and egg of her. Which comes first, being a tweaker or bein
Andrea Stoeckel
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(FTC: I received this book from the author. And I thank her in advance for trust and generosity. However, I was not compensated otherwise and my opinions are my own. Now you know, and knowing's half the battle ;) )

I have to say I feel that this is one of the BEST books I have read this year, and that's saying a lot because dystopian is not a favorite genre. Dystopian crime mystery? Really? The first thing I said when I finished this ( and it wasn't necessarily an easy one day read) was:" I can h
LS Schulz
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to LS by: Sue Perry, the Author
I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Sue!

Although I don't usually read books similar to Nica of Los Angeles, when I saw the synopsis, I was intrigued and decided to enter the giveaway for a copy. I didn't win, but was approached by the author and offered a copy, which I am glad I accepted, because I did enjoy reading it.

There are many reviews already available that give some sort of synopsis of the story itself, so I am going to try not t
N.N. Light
I have to admit, when I first started reading this book, I was totally confused. I didn’t have any background information and immediately was drawn into the mind of Nica. It was intense and yet that intensity is like a character all its own when reading this book. Original and I loved it!

Nica is a rookie private detective and even though she tried her best to not get involved, she’s drawn into three weird cases. Before Nica has a chance to blink twice, the world she knows falls away and the trut
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique and engaging story! In “Nica of Los Angeles”, Sue Perry has created a reality filled with Frames. The Frames are linked together by Connectors and there are Travelers who move between the Frames. Some Frames are free and some are neutral, and the whole thing is overseen by the Framekeeps.

Nica has spent her life drifting from one husband to another and from job to job. She finds herself having inherited the lease on an office and decides to be a private detective. Her first day she gets
Naomi Bray
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book grips you from the first couple of paragraphs, you have to read on more and find out what case will come next will Nica find who/what she is looking for. I could not wait to find out how everything that happened with the inhalers was possible. I enjoyed Nica giving Monk and Miles their nicknames as it is something I would have had to do if I was in her situation. I wanted to find out if she would find out why Jay had disappeared, whether they would find him safe or not. Where Edith was ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is not an easy book to review nor was it always an easy book to read. That sounds like a bad thing so let me first say that the book was excellent and I thoroughly recommend it. Having said that I did struggle with the first half of the book. Perry has created a very complex and complicated world however she explains it very simply and just asks us to take her word that this is how things are. The main character, Nica, does exa
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this as free eBook from the author for a honest review. I like the book, this was the first book that I read in this genre. It was a mix between mystery and fantasy. Mystery is one of my favorite genre, and I didn't think I wanted to read fantasy. This book changed my mind, I enjoyed it and read it all in one day. After it got into the fantasy part I thought about not finishing, but I am glad that I finished it. Now I can't wait to read the next books to find out what happens to Nica. Also ...more
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