Monday, September 13, 2010

Along Came A Demon by Linda Welch

Along Came A Demon:
I'm told the dead are all around us. I wouldn't know about that - I see only the violently slain. They could be victims of hit-and-run, innocents caught in a cross-fire or the murdered. They whisper to me and they never, ever, forget the face of their killer. They aren't the only supernatural things I see. No, they're not vampires, werewolves or fae - those things don't exist. We live side by side with what some call the Otherworldy, but that's too much of a mouthful for me. I call them demons. If you saw them as I do you'd know why. Right now I'm trying to find Lawrence, the missing son of a murdered woman. Or was she murdered? But Clarion PD gave me a partner I would rather shoot than work with. I can't tell them he's a demon. They'd think I'm crazy.

Linda Welch has created an interesting world where "demons" walk among humans--but not just anyone can see them. Tiff is one of the few humans who has the ability to see past the human mirage the "demons" wear to what truly lies beneath. Along Came A Demon is a great detective, who-dunnit-type story that kept me interested even though I felt parts of the book were a bit choppy in places. With a ghost that mysteriously showed up on Tiffs doorstep and little boy gone missing, Tiff uses her "psychic" abilities to help with their case. Tiff ends up partnered with the new cop on the block, Royal, and Tiff knows that Royal is truly a "demon"--but she can't tell anyone else what she knows. Forced together as an unlikely team, they make their way through dangerous twists and turns as they delve deeper into the disappearance of the missing little boy. Royal proves himself time and again to Tiff, breaking down her walls of distrust and teaches her about his people. As they become closer and their relationship changes, Tiffs abilities remain a mystery to both herself and her lover, Royal. The book had a great ending and I hope to learn more about Tiff and Royal in future books.

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