Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z Martin

Deadly CuriositiesA review by C J Dee

Pages: 464
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849977579
ISBN (Epub): 9781849977579
ISBN (Print): 9781781082324
Publisher: Solaris
Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5

Cassidy Kincaide is a store owner with several secrets. She owns her family’s antique store with a shadowy vampire partner and operates it with an employee who can weave magic through reality and cyberspace. Throw in that the antique store is a front for finding and neutralising spooky, possessed or magical items, and it makes Cassidy’s psychometric abilities as normal as breathing.

When Charleston, Cassidy’s home, becomes the target of murders, malevolent powers, and diabolical plots, it’s up to her and her ragtag team of heroes to save the town and possibly the world.

I thoroughly enjoyed Deadly Curiosities. This has to be one of the best urban fantasy novels I’ve read since the Southern Vampire Mysteries series ended.

The fact that Cassidy’s employee Teag was gay made their friendship and partnership so much more enjoyable because there were no hidden agendas. The reader never feels the need for them to “hook up” as seems to be the go to for many male/female partnerships throughout pop culture.

In this novel there were demons, humans with gifts, a vampire, a witch, ghosts, a ghost dog, shadow men, a demon hunter, and a demon summoner. I may have oversimplified some of those, but you get the gist — there are a lot of supernatural creatures and people. However, Deadly Curiosities never felt overwhelmed by the amount of characters or plots that were jam-packed artfully within.

On the matter of the plot. Teag himself could not have weaved something together so well. I was concerned early in the novel that there was a lot being introduced to the plot and wondered if it could be brought together. I can say with confidence that I was thoroughly satisfied with how the novel was wrapped up.

If you enjoy urban fantasies along the same thread as the Southern Vampire Mysteries or the Mercy Thompson Series then I would highly recommend you pick up a copy of Deadly Curiosities and get stuck right in.