Grave New World: Down & Dirty Supernatural Cleaning Services Book 1
Kate Karyus Quinn, author
Sometimes you have to play dirty. I’m Paige Harper and I clean up supernatural messes. But my personal life is something I can’t seem to straighten out. I accidentally married a fae, and even though we've been divorced for years, Jax still manages to land me in hot water. Like, putting my house on the table at a high stakes poker game type of hot. Now, he's been arrested for murder and the cops want to pin a series of vampire killings on him. I don't know if he did it or not. But I do know he needs to be at that poker game or else my house is gone. In order to get Jax out, I turn to Nico, a one-eyed werewolf private detective, for help. Nico is a handsome, dangerous, ladies man and I have no intention of falling prey to his charms. Although, that's easier said than done as the two of us begin crawling through the dirty underbelly of the supernatural world… It’s a good thing I brought my broom. Grave New World is the first book in an all new paranormal mystery series filled with laughs and romance!
With this fun but uneven outing, Lunetta, Lynn, and Quinn launch a paranormal mystery series about Paige Harper, owner of Down & Dirty Supernatural Cleaning Services, which specializes in mopping up supernatural messes. While cleaning up after a “supe,” Paige stumbles on a dead body—and her fae ex-husband, Jax, is standing over the corpse. While Paige is tempted to let Jax rot in jail for his past lies and cheating, she doubts he’s capable of murder. As she investigates, Paige is thrown into the world of human vs. supe politics and encounters an ever-growing list of men, both supernatural and human, who either want her dead or in their beds. The authors’ joy in this heavily layered paranormal world and Paige’s romantic escapades shines through, though the pacing often feels unbalanced with too much plot crammed into too little space. Paige is an admirable heroine––unapologetic, sex positive, and independent––yet deeply prejudiced against supes. Fans of Ilona Andrews and Shelly Laurenston will appreciate this fierce, wise-cracking protagonist, and though this installment is rushed, the complex worldbuilding offers plenty of potential for future volumes. (Self-published)