Title: Raven's Edge: Raven Tales Book Three (The Raven Tales 3)
Author: J.B. Dane
Genre: Urban Fantasy PI Mystery
St. Patrick’s Day could be the most dangerous time of the year… Name’s Bram Farrell. I’m a PI—well, used to be. Michigan doesn’t think I have the requisites for a license in this world. My experience is nearly all within the pages of a set of fantasy novels written by Calista Amberson, who I thought died shortly after yanking me into the real world but hadn’t. Currently, I rank at the top of her “Erase These Idiots” list. The feeling is mutual. As St. Patrick’s Day dawned, I thought the only dangerous thing on my social calendar was meeting my secretary-cum-sugarplum Naomie Enright and her family. It wasn’t—though downing green dyed potato salad had taken courage. No, it was finding the Irish goddess Danu waiting for me at the bar of Enright’s Pub. She had a sword for me to find. Someone had nicked The Retaliator, an ancient Tuatha blade that could kill with just a scratch. Not many of them around in twenty-first-century Detroit.
Except Naomie’s brother happened to have a friend who liked to buckle on some swash and dazzle crowds with sword play. And he’s vanished, only the scents of ghoul and vampire lingering in his wrecked apartment. That’s never good.
And it was headed for even worse. I needed an edge to solve—and survive—this case!
Just when PI Bram Farrell aka Raven thinks his life has calmed down, St. Patrick’s Day arrives with no four-leaf clover in sight. After Bram’s last adventure, he’s ready to settle down and cozy up with his secretary/girlfriend, Naomie. It’s St. Patrick’s Day and instead of eating pizza with Naomie, she and Bram are off to meet her family. It’s a daunting idea since they’ve never met him, and she keeps calling him ‘boss’. Not a good sign. But off they go to the family’s Irish pub. While there, Bram meets Irish goddess Danu. Someone has stolen an ancient Tuatha blade, and she needs it back. Falling into the wrong hands, this blade can cause a massacre with just a couple of nicks. As Bram follows the clues, it leads him through the streets of Detroit on the hunt for ghouls and otherworldly creatures. Once again, Bram is caught between a rock and a hard place. Can he make it out of this one alive? Can he protect his sweetheart, Naomie? To do so, he’ll need an edge…
Raven’s Edge is a tongue-in-cheek, humor-filled urban fantasy mystery from start to finish. Its Irish-themed storyline kept me laughing and gasping while reading. The plot moves at a fast pace with many red herrings to keep the reader guessing. The dialogue is whip-smart, humorous, and a delight to read. I love Bram’s one-liners. Bram is a wise-crackin’ modern private investigator who makes this book shine. J.B. Dane has outdone herself with smart writing, comedic dialogue, quirky characters, and immersive world-building. The mythology is interwoven into the plot with invisible threads, so it becomes a believable reality. Raven’s Edge is a part of a series but can be read on its own. If you’re an urban fantasy reader looking for an original story with humorous dialogue, pick up Raven’s Edge. This mash-up of urban fantasy, paranormal mystery, and comedic mystery is a brilliant book I couldn’t put down. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5++ stars
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J.B. DANE is a pseudonym of a multi-published, multi-genre novelist who goes by many names. Not because she is in Witness Protection. Really not in Witness Protection. Really. She may start hiding from citizens of Detroit since her Raven Tales urban fantasy comedic mysteries have populated their fair city with neighbors who might be supernatural, paranormal or legendary beasts…or not so beasts…but probably ARE beasts. They could be hungry, too. She has also tampered with the lore of the Claus family, you know the one at the North Pole, and hopes this does not land her on the Naughty List, even if Nick Claus has landed on it frequently himself. She might be found at www.4TaleTellers.com , but leave a message to be picked up by a disguised courier and delivered to a secret location.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N