Thursday, September 27, 2012
This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova
What do you get when you mix urban fantasy with a legal thriller? Phillipa Bornikova's fabulous debut, of course!
Linnet Ellery has just been hired on with one of the most well-known White-Fang firms in New York. Having been fostered by a vampire who's on close terms with Ishmael of Ishmael, McGillary, and Gold, Linnet is met with an understandable bit of hostility at the competitive law firm. Her assignment is less than glamorous, too: she's to help out on a case that's been on the books for over a decade with no resolution! When her boss is killed by a werewolf, though, things get really hairy. Linnet survives the attack and takes over the case but now she has to find out why her boss was murdered and if she may become a target as well! With the help of a sexy elf PI, Linnet could come out on top. Or she could end up dead herself.
This Case is Gonna Kill Me is a super fun and original read! I loved the combination of legal thriller and paranormal here. I also loved the uniqueness of the paranormal elements and the details on the vampire hierarchy and folklore, the werewolves, and the Alfar.
Bornikova has laid the groundwork for a truly stand out new urban fantasy series with this first and I can't wait for the next book to come out -- not just because of the somewhat cliffhanger ending, but so I can find out more about the hinted at story behind the vampire superstitions -- hunters and no female vamps! Very mysterious stuff.
This Case is Gonna Kill Me is new out as of this month and is an absolute must read for any urban fantasy fan, in my humble opinion.
Big thanks to Tor for letting me participate on the tour today!
(PS -- Phillipa Bornikova is the UF pen name for SF author Melinda Snodgrass, in case you were curious. She's also a member of George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards Collective!)