Reviewed by Marie Loring
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Once again, we launch into the world of PI-extraordinaire, Cassie Tam. This time Ms. Tam is beset by her toughest case to date…because she’s not just part of the investigative team, she’s a victim.
It quickly becomes apparent her mugger, who is preying on citizens of New Hopeland, is of a vampire ilk, and due to Cassie’s overactive imagination when it comes to spooky movies, this ghoul is her nightmare come true.
If it wasn’t for the threat of the PD’s higher-ups, threatening her with incarceration if she refuses to help, Caz might have turned her back on this one…or maybe not. It seems to be striking too close to home, targeting people involved in some of her previous cases. What is the tie-in? Who is pulling everyone’s strings?
Once again, Doyle has written a wonderful mystery, steeped in the now familiar sights and sounds of Cassie Tam’s adopted city. My one criticism with this book, and the reason I don’t give it five stars, is its reversion to a near problem in book one of the series—over-explaining.
As an example, there’s a particularly long section describing the layout of a certain hospital, and try as I might to follow the author’s convoluted floorplan, I was lost after the first few paragraphs. Disheartened, I forged on, only to find that what I couldn’t process was in no way necessary to the final scenes of the book.
All in all, I highly enjoyed the first three books in the Cassie Tam files, and can’t wait to see what she’s up to next!