A MelanieM Review: Inheritance (Deadly Curiosities #4) by Gail Z. Martin

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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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Book Details:

Kindle Edition
Published October 22nd 2019 by SOL Publishing
ASINB07ZHKR2LD
Edition LanguageEnglish
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 The Rising Loose Ends

Badlands (3 books) by 

I know there are other mentioned in the author’s notes.  I will add them in at a later date.

A Must Blog Tour For the Paranormal Book Lovers! Check Out Inheritance (Deadly Curiosities #4) by Gail Z. Martin (excerpt and giveaway)

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Book Title: Inheritance

Author: Gail Z. Martin

Cover Artist: Lou Harper

Release Date: October 22, 2019

Genre/s: Urban fantasy with romantic elements.

(Note—Characters from my Morgan Brice (MM paranormal romance) books make several key appearances in this book.

Also, a long-time committed MM couple figure prominently in the plot).

Themes: Friendship and established relationships

Heat Rating:  0 – 1 flame (No sex, kissing/hugging for MF and MM characters)

Length: 66 000 words/ 222 pages

It is the fourth book in the series but can be read as a standalone.

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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?

 

Blurb 

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?

 

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Excerpt 

“I have a problem antique I’d like you to take a look at.” The man on the other end of the call sounded rattled. I recognized his name—Alfred Stone, from Stone Auctions—but I didn’t think we had ever spoken, let alone met.

“What kind of ‘problem’ does it present?” I asked. A number of possibilities came to mind. “Questionable provenance? Not sure how to authenticate?”

“I think it’s trying to kill me.”

Well, damn. That kind of problem. “All right, Mr. Stone. Try to stay calm.”

“I just told you, it’s trying to kill me. I heard you…know…about these things. Please, help me.”

Across the store, Teag Logan glanced up to make sure everything was all right. I nodded, and he went back to helping a customer.

“I can come now. Are you at the showroom?”

“Yes. Thank you. And…please…hurry.”

I ended the call and sighed. This might be the first time Alfred Stone had an antique try to kill him, but that made it just another day here at Trifles and Folly.

I’m Cassidy Kincaide, and I own Trifles and Folly, an antique and curio shop in historic, haunted Charleston, South Carolina. The shop has been in my family for more than three hundred years. While we’re known as a great place to buy high-quality antiques, the shop is also a cover for the Alliance, a coalition of mortals and immortals who save Charleston—and the world—from supernatural threats. I’m a psychometric, which means I can read the history and magic of objects by touching them. Teag is my assistant store manager, best friend, and sometimes bodyguard—and he’s also a talented Weaver witch. Sorren, my business partner, is a nearly six-hundred-year-old vampire. Together with some other friends with very specialized abilities, we do our best to keep the world safe from dark magic and things that go bump in the night.

“Problem?” Teag asked when the customer left.

“I’m not sure,” I replied. “Alfred Stone just called—from the auction house. He says he’s got an item that’s trying to kill him.”

“You want me to go with you?” Teag pushed a lock of dark hair out of his eyes. His skater-boy haircut and skinny jeans made him look younger than his late twenties. “Maggie can handle the store.”

On cue, Maggie—our lifesaver of a part-time associate—waved to agree from the other side of the store. She was sporting a new bright pink streak in her short gray hair, and it matched her sweater, a reminder—as if I needed one—that she believed in taking risks and living large.

I reached up to slick my humidity-frizzy strawberry blond hair back into a ponytail and shook my head. “Let me go see what the problem is, and I’ll figure out what to do from there. It’s not far away, in case I need to give a shout.”

 

About the Author 

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, SOL Publishing, Darkwind Press, Worldbuilders Press and Falstaff Books. Recent books include Convicts and Exiles, Sellsword’s Oath, Inheritance, and Night Moves. With Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of the Spells Salt & Steel, Wasteland Marshals, Joe Mack and Jake Desmet series. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance including the Witchbane, Badlands and Treasure Trail series. Recent books include The Rising, Flame and Ash.

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