The Infernal Detective by Kirsten Weiss
Riga and Donovan are having a pre-wedding party at their new house at Lake Tahoe. Riga takes a much needed break from the crowd; Donovan soon follows her. As they try to enter their bedroom, they discover that Donovan’s father, the latest ghost inhabitant, has frozen their bedroom door closed. Riga’s magic has been on the fritz for some time now, so she can’t magick the door open. She suspects the door-freezing is a warning of some sort. It is. A man lays in their bedroom floor, dead.
Minutes later, the entire scene has changed. Riga is chasing about trying to find missing persons. Someone is using dark magic; Riga recognizes the odor. A guest at the party must be guilty because Riga checked the security cameras and no one left the house or entered. An evil force is at work and Riga is supposed to get married in one week.
Kirsten Weiss has delivered an intense and ever-changing mystery with The Infernal Detective, filled willed an assortment of twists and turns and hills and valleys, not just of the usual suspenseful variety, but also of the emotional sort, as well.
Weiss has the ability to sculpt characters in a way that is truly artistic. Her creations walk, living and breathing (or not, for those who are ghostly or otherwise supernatural), straight off the page and into the room with the reader. Her descriptions are vivid and the crises of the characters become the reader’s crises, as well. This is what makes a book worth reading.
This series is also compelling because a reader can jump in at any time – it isn’t necessary to read these books in order. She manages to draw new readers into the fourth book of the series just as easily as if the reader was reading book one in the series. This is a talent few authors of any type of series possess.
This novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review (participating in Goodreads Read for Review program).