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Dire Straits

(Bo Blackman #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,773 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn't often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don't interest her as much as humans do. However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O'Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his mu ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published July 10th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 1st 2014)
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Dia as far as I remember there are basically 3 main "Triba" (Supernatural species) in this book: Vampires, Demons and Witches (there are black and white…moreas far as I remember there are basically 3 main "Triba" (Supernatural species) in this book: Vampires, Demons and Witches (there are black and white witches) but there are very brief mentions and 'cameos' of other species like ghosts.(less)

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2.5? 3? hmm...

It's pretty hard to rate, this book. It was boring a lot and then it got interesting. Then I decided to DNF it then hmm, some thing or another managed to change my mind.

So yes, I'm very confused right now. It was a bit too long and the MC was a bit annoying sometimes, but it still managed to keep me interesting.

I admit, I liked the story, I liked the idea. It was all a bit forced though, it felt pretty "fake" at times.

Sláinte Wanderlust
Bo is not introduced as kick-ass or bad ass, in fact she is rather mediocre apparently. As the book goes on we discover more about her & a-hell-of-a-lot of drama/action/craziness happens. I liked the story as it was rather original, the characters are likeable, the bad guy is not easy to guess & there is no cliff hanger - rather an ending that left me wanting more.

Because I wrote a tiny review I decided to leave you with some vamp eye candy.
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Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can forgive a lot of faults in a book--plot holes, mediocre writing, inconsistencies, etc.--if the story and the characters are compelling enough. Unfortunately, that was not the case here.

From the start, I found Bo unlikable. She claimed to be smart yet repeatedly said and did stupid things. A coworker noted that people seemed to like her though she had no friends to speak of. Indeed, while the powerful head of a vampire family seemed immediately drawn to and trusting of her (wth was that wit
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

A marvelously pleasant surprise of a book, with an intriguing plot surrounded by wonderful world-building, kick-butt action and yet another self-less heroine who shows promising signs of grower wiser and stronger.

This one is high on the list thus far of series I have read by this author. I can't wait to see what happens next after the poignant ending.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr, vampires, fiction
Bo may be a rookie P.I but even she senses something wrong when she finds herself in a room with a seriously injured demon she was sent to arrest and armed police about to arrive. Getting her target to safety is one thing, working out who tried to kill him and who wanted to frame her for murder is another. Is it someone she worked with at the agency? Or someone connected to her grandfather's past? And why are the Vampire houses suddenly so keen to recruit her?

The book starts as an on-the-run inv
So, I Read This Book Today
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dire Straits by Helen Harper, was right up my alley. Not having read her work before, I found I truly liked Bo Blackman as a person. Add to that a world populated by both humans and tribers, various and sundry types of demons. Bo is an employee of Dire Straits, a PI firm specializing in the ‘odd’ job or two. But when her whole office is slaughtered while she watches from her hidey-hole in the ceiling, things get bad. Especially when everyone seems to think Bo is the one who did the slaughtering. ...more
Praiz Sophyronja
Great book and allllll but I can't stop singing Money For Nothing...
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first book I've read by this author. It is also the first book in her Bo Blackman series. It sounded like something I'd enjoy but this was a huge miss for me. This was a vampire/demon kind of mystery.

A few of the low-lights:
mediocre characters: I didn't like them. I didn't hate them. They were just so so.
the writing: this was short sentence after short sentence. It felt like a long game of I Spy.
the story line: I liked that this was a mystery, but it lacked world building. If the
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well lets first talk about the positives... 1) I finished it 2)..... Yeah that's about it, to be honest.

This book really confused me from the get go. I found myself stopping a couple times when I first started this book, to double check and google if I had missed a book or if there was a series that I needed to read before starting this book.

The way the author went about describing things about the world etc, was written as if I was supposed to already know the information. The book didn’t feel
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This first book is about a woman who works as a PI; she is framed for what should have been a murder. Turns out she saved the daemon whose murder it would have been and the story goes from there. He has made a drug that makes make vampires complacent and completely susceptible to suggestion. This drug is being used by some psycho who wants revenge on vampires. In order to infiltrate the vampire families and find the one responsible Bo elects to become one, though she hopes to not fall pr
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
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Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
First in a series of stories about Bo Blackman, a rookie PI. On a routine assignment she becomes embroiled in dark and treacherous plot. Her life is threatened along with others around her. In an attempt to solve the murder mystery she goes undercover into the world of vampires. Not easy as she hates Bloodguzzlers..

I kept expecting a romance to develop, probably because that is my main genre. I felt it was alluded to now and then, but if it develops it will be in a future book. I enjoyed the ba
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
A bit tame, but enjoyable UF I felt that the heroine is a bit of a Mary Sue, and she basically fails in every endeavour.
It is quite mysterious why she is sought after by the big bad-ass vampire lord.
She is a rookie investigator, who just got lucky once.
But somehow it was still entertaining.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, so much better than most of the vampire UF out there! Sure, the heroine does some stupid things but really, if she was perfect there wouldn't be a story. Well written and interesting without the yawn inducing sex scenes so prevalent in this genre. I also bought the sequel.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was just OK, it was similar to other books I've read and some of the others I've read were much better.

The main character is Bo Blackman, a private investigator into paranormal stuff. At the start of the book she is put on the case of a daemon called Devlin, she saves his life but then following some events ends up being framed for his murder. And she finds herself in deeper trouble than she even thought possible.

There are secondary characters but none I found particularly noteworthy
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindleunlimited
I enjoyed Book 1. Books 3 to first half of 6 get a bit dark, not in a gory way so much as overall depressing (lack of wins, lack of good people about). Book 3 has a tacky cliff hanger ending - if you read 3 & 4 as one book it may not be so aggravating.

So, my overall for the series is just ok. The writing is excellent and it moves along well with twists and turns. I came to this author starting with Slouch Witch - that series is loads of fun. Then went to Wraith - also great marks. Not sure
I guess I've been reading too many paranormal series with female PI's. This one felt predictable with a hint of future romance. Still a good story but I guess I need a change to another genre.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2 1/2

I guess it's not an easy feat - these days and times - writing UF. So many try and flounder that a book with many faults may still be a good read.

Mmmm, maybe this is not the right way to start a review. Or maybe I'm too sleepy to be coherent. I'll try.

Dire Straits has many good points, but alas it has enough nits that they cancel each other. It's always pleasant when there's still something (tiny) fresh in the genre, but shaky world-buildings are a disappointment as they really impact the s
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
There were several tropes I usually enjoy, but the story never clicked together for me. I was expecting more of a "out there investigation" and less of a "vamp school who-dun-it". I also found the writing a bit too focused on every little detail/action, which made me want to skip paragraphs.
Leanne Crabtree
So this is my first full-length foray into paranormal/urban fantasy for a long time since I lost interest in the genre a year or so ago and I have to admit I got pulled into it.

I'm usually wary of urban fantasy books because I read books for the romance in them, be it a little flirting or a full on sex-fest, and this was more of a subtle he-wants-her-does-she-want-him sort of thing, though I think that Bo is a little oblivious right now--or purposely ignoring it. Maybe a bit of both.

The story pu
This book has been on my Amazon Kindle recommended list for a while now and I really liked the sound of it, so finally got round to reading it this week and you know what? I really enjoyed it! Bo Blackman is a private investigator sent to issue a summons to a half demon for selling dark magic spells, but what she finds when she gets there soon has her running for life, seeing her work colleagues killed and getting herself well involved with the vampires, which she always wanted to avoid.

Bo was
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Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Addition To Vamp Fiction!

Excellent Addition To Vamp Fiction!

I enjoyed Bo and the assorted cast of characters. There were a few editing mistakes and since it was set in London the wording was a little different but none of that detracted from the story. T h e world building was excellent and the establishment of the vampire families was really interesting. I enjoyed Bo's character and her investigating skills as well as the mystery. Her investigating methods were good and there weren't
Jan 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This should be exactly my kind of book. Magic, vampires, daemons, murder, subsequent investigation, independent female lead... who is the most peremptory and obnoxious character I think I have ever encountered. She kept making assumptions and jumping to conclusions with no apparent evidence. There was entirely too much time spent in her head as she spun wild accusations about everyone she encountered. There was also not enough time spent on world-building. A bit more background information or ro ...more
This story begins with Bo going to serve some papers to a daemon on an assignment one night. The problem is the demon is almost dead, and she's being framed for his murder. After saving him, she then decides to figure out what the heck is going on. But it will lead to a whole world of issues including Vampires, and much more crazy things.

Dire Straits was a really good book! I loved all of the action, mystery, and intrigue that was in the book! I was constantly trying to figure out what was goin
Susan Commeford
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
So, I liked this book so much I left the anthology I was reading to go find the rest of the series. It is full of humor, adventure, a little romance, and is just plain fun. The editing could use a little tightening up, but these errors do not impact the story a great deal. Those that read my reviews know that I am a bit of stickler for good editing. I am familiar with some differences between American and British words so different word usage does not impact my reading. However, there were a cou ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked so much I am off to book two. I do have to admit that some of it I am not sure if I like the book, or the reader.. But ... No seriously. I keep laughing.. and I really want to see what happens next
Dusty Summerford (Reviews by Reds)
I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

I really enjoyed this audio book! It kept my attention throughout and I really loved the characters. I will definitely recommend to other book lovers!!
Relina Skye
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Dire Straits" is the first book in the "Bo Blackman" series by Helen Harper. Bo Blackman is a PI who lives in an alternate universe that is comprised of humans, vampires, black and white witches, ghosts, along with Agathos and Kakos daemons. Humans make up the majority of the UK population. The vampires are divided up into five families that cap off the numbers at five hundred each. White witches are involved with the lighter arts while the Black witches are involved with the darker ones. They ...more
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