Posted in 3 paws, Giveaway, mystery, Review on September 9, 2015

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be my banshee


The Purple Door Detective Agency is hiring.

Those without magic need not apply.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Apply at the agency. No phone calls or psychic links.

Sunshine Merryweather is a young witch with a passion for colorful clothes and good food. She is the owner/operator of the Purple Door Detective Agency. Her partner, John, was brutally murdered three days ago, and she won’t stop until she finds his killer.

Aine is only interested in one thing when she walks into the building with the purple door–locating the last man alive in the branch of the O’Neill family she haunts as a beane sidhe. She has been asleep for 200 years in a ruined Irish castle and realizes that the world has moved on without her. She needs to find the O’Neill heir and encourage him to start a family or she will pass from existence when he dies.

Sunshine sees a potential partner when she looks at the powerful beane sidhe – they could be the next Dynamic Duo! But Aine isn’t interested in Sunshine’s schemes – until the witch agrees to help her locate O’Neill. Even then, it will be a short-term association at best from Aine’s point of view. She has no need of witchcraft.

Neither woman is aware of the danger they face as an ancient assassin stalks the old port city of Norfolk, Virginia. It will take more than simple witchcraft or beane sidhe magic to stop the killer. They will have to work together and combine their talents.

But can Sunshine and Aine put aside their differences to stop the murders without tearing each other apart?


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I think this is going to be an interesting series! It is more on the fantasy side with witches, werewolves, shape shifters and the like.

Aine is a banshee that has come to the Purple Door Detective Agency searching for the O’Neill she is supposed to haunt. “Mr Bad” (who no one really knows his identity) wants her to work there with Sunshine and they trick her into staying there and help solve crimes and they will help her find O’Neill. Aine finds her O’Neill fairly quickly after agreeing to work there but there is a problem, he doesn’t know who she is or what her purpose is…after all he is a mortal.

There were a few things that didn’t quite gel in my head – once Aine finds O’Neill and is trying to explain to him what her role is, he seems to accept it all too quickly, and in fact embraces her and her role in his life.

Discovering who murders the shape shifters, werewolves and tattoo artists was a bit of twist. It tied to events that weren’t really being investigated.

We give this 3 paws up


About the Authors

joycejimJoyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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