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Blood of Innocence by Tami Dane
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Dec 16, 2011

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Paranormal procedurals are becoming more and more popular as the demand for supernatural flavored everything increases. In the Sloane Skye series by Tami Dane, the emphasis is decidedly on the procedural aspects of the story, with some paranormal elements rounding out the edges.

BLOOD OF INNOCENCE is an aptly titled book since the primary plot involves hunting a serial killer who preys on pregnant women and abducts their babies. The potentially gruesome topic is handled very delicately (thanks in part to a fun and witty protagonist), describing crime scenes and connected details in brief, non graphic language. Also helping to lighten the mood is a seemingly unrelated storyline involving Sloane helping a less than desirable elf prince hunting for a wife (online dating sites, speed dating, and even a Who Wants to Marry a Prince? type TV show), in order to avoid marrying him herself (she got semi engaged to him in the previous book). More wackiness comes from helping to plan her mother’s wedding (shopping for awful dresses etc.).

There is some romance in BLOOD OF INNOCENCE too. Both from her fellow intern with the Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit (also her ex), and an agent with the unit who is determined to get Sloane to break her no-dating-superiors rule. A third suitor presents himself towards the end of the book, but I think that’s mostly to setup a storyline for the next book.

The narrating voice of Sloane was very engaging, but the paranormal elements felt almost like an afterthought. And while procedural aspects dealing with the serial killer investigation were well done, the other semi wacky storylines felt like they belonged in a Stephanie Plum novel. It was an odd mix that I didn’t fully connect with. If you like procedurals with paranormal elements, you might want to keep an eye out for the third book in the Sloane Skye series, BLOOD OF DAWN, when it is published on December 1, 2012

Sexual Content:
Kissing. References to sex
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