Fool Moon, by Jim Butcher (Roc, 2001)

“I never used to keep close track of the phases of the moon. So I didn’t know that it was one night shy of being full when a young woman sat down across from me in McNally’s pub and asked … Continue reading

Storm Front, by Jim Butcher, (Roc Books, 2000)

In a world where magic is all too real, where the Unseelie Incursion of 1994 caused the entire city of Milwaukee to vanish for several hours, where a nasty drug called ThreeEye can actually awaken the user’s ability to see … Continue reading

Unshapely Things and Unquiet Dreams by Mark Del Franco (Ace, 2007 and 2008)

Once upon a time, Connor Grey was a hotshot member of the Ward Guild, a druid on the fast track to importance and power. That is, until a traumatic encounter with an ecoterrorist elf left him crippled magically and forced … Continue reading

The Doomsday Brunette, by John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem (DAW, 2004)

Zachary Nixon Johnson, the last freelance private investigator on Earth, is called upon to unravel yet another bizarre case in The Doomsday Brunette, his second outing. This time, he and his AI partner are summoned to the estate of Ona … Continue reading

The Disappeared and Extremes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Roc, 2002 and 2003)

In the future, we’ve finally made contact with alien races. The only problem is, they come complete with laws and mores that occasionally seem incomprehensible to us, and part of the diplomatic concessions made to these aliens grants them the … Continue reading

Murder by Magic, edited by Rosemary Edghill (Aspect, 2004)

As with Powers of Detection, which I covered several months ago, Murder by Magic mixes the fantasy and mystery genres for some interesting results. Twenty authors present their characters with magical, murderous dilemmas to solve, divided into five categories: modern, … Continue reading

Stalking the Vampire, by Mike Resnick (Pyr, 2008)

It’s All Hallow’s Eve in the bizarre alternate Manhattan where private detective John Justin Mallory has established himself over the past few years. He and his partner, the renowned hunter Winnifred Carruthers, are looking forward to the festivities. That is, … Continue reading

Just Another Judgement Day, by Simon R. Green (Ace, 2009)

The Nightside — that secret dark part of London where it’s always 3 A.M. and anything goes — may have survived the Lilith War, but the slaughter of its Authorities has led to a new group of people taking up … Continue reading

The Flaxen Femme Fatale, by John Zakour (DAW, 2009)

Good news: No one has managed to kill Zachary Nixon Johnson, the last freelance P.I. on Earth yet. Bad news: It’s still early. That’s about how you can sum up any day for our hero. And when a mysterious woman … Continue reading

The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez (Tor, 2008)

Mack Megaton isn’t your average joe on the street. He’s actually a reprogrammed robot built for destruction and world domination who, upon gaining free will, gave up his creator’s megalomanical ways and has gone straight, earning his citizenship one day … Continue reading