Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Cassidy Kincaide runs Trifles & Folly in modern-day Charleston, an antiques and curio shop with a dangerous secret. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them, and she teams up with friends and allies who use magic and paranormal abilities to get rid of cursed objects and keep Charleston and the world safe from supernatural threats.
Caribbean ghosts terrorize Charleston and start racking up a body count. Then Beckford Pendlewood, the heir to a powerful family of dark warlocks, shows up raving about a bound demon locked in a lost box and begs sanctuary. Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?
Whether this author is writing as Morgan Brice or Gail Z. Martin, I am in awe of her. I am still scrambling to find all the connected series she is writing that is assembling this rich paranormal (and now I find out possibly inter-galactic) universe she is building. Made up of couples of all ages, genders, even species as one happens to be a vampire even, I’m sure I haven’t found them all. But as I do, more narrative “puzzle pieces” snap beautifully into place, adding their couple, their folklore, their ghosts and mysteries, and yes, their particular specialty or nature of threads for the tapestry the author is weaving.
Inheritance (Deadly Curiosities #4) acts like a magnificent reference for me in that respect, adding a ton of “ahah” moments as well as providing me with a outstanding mystery and several bodies along the way. This is the first book in this series I have read (will remedy that and pick up the rest later) but not , of course, the first time I have heard of this character and some of her associates. They have already made various appearances in other series I have gobbled up along the way. So I stepped into somewhat familiar, or what I thought was familiar territory here.
But of course, Martin starts in with her great twists and turns. She gives us new organizations, a Briggs Society I need more of, visits by Simon and Vic, great local supernatural and paranormal beings and myths. Just everything I count on and find absolutely delicious and rich. This is homework to be savored, layered through a story, meshed with mystery and murders most wonderful. It’s why I love this universe so.
If you are thinking, well, this is M/F, what’s it doing on STRW, well there is no sex, none. And little to no romance. It’s investigation with LGBTQIA couples that figure large from this authors other connected series and this series plays a major part in connecting them all together. So yes, I feel it belongs it. You will too when you read it. And I highly recommend you do. As well as all the connecting series that are part of the grander picture this author is still building. I hope it’s never finished. More please!
cover art is perfect!
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Published October 22nd 2019 by SOL Publishing
Series Deadly Curiosities #4
Some of the Series I have found and read that are closely linked and the chracters all appear on each others books:
Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z Martin
Badlands (3 books) by