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DC Emma Bellamy is the only detective in the Supe Squad, she's responsible for the first Supernatural Summit which is taking place in a London hotel and it's imperative for her professionally but also for Supes in general that the summit is a success. It's been difficult enough to persuade the different Supe factions to come under one roof, now she has to worry about human protestor and a scurrilous gutter journalist who will stop at nothing to get some dirt on the Supes.
Added to which an omega wolf has just returned to London after a decade's banishment and is nearly beaten to death outside Lord Horvath's house, and a random human has decided to run around naked in Central London claiming he's a vampire. Funnily enough, both claim to know something about a mysterious man called The Chief.
Then if things weren't tense enough The Chief is found murdered in the hotel, it could only be one of the Supes - but if word gets out that a human was murdered by Supes, there will never be any peace between humans and Supes.
Yet another engaging, funny and intriguing mystery in this series. Less reliance on Emma's phoenix abilities this time and the identity of the murderer was a surprise - so that's good.
Nothing like having a human found murdered during the Supe summit, with a dead pixie close by. Unfortunately, the dead man's clothes & the murder weapon are found next to her. Open & shut case? Not when the pixie is left handed & the man's killed is right handed. Emma is given a timeline to find the killer before the "regular" police step in & the murderer gets revealed. Definitely a puzzle here that I couldn't figure out, I didn't think Emma would either. Pretty good story!
With Supes and Humans holding a summit you can expect things to be in edge.... Emma is in top form with her trusted colleges...and of course Lord Horvath is never far away..... There is murder and mayhem with plenty of clues to keep you guessing right up until the end..... Can't wait for the next book
When a supernatural also happens to be a cop on the “supe squad” determined to make humans see supes as normal beings and not to be feared or hated, there is going to be some problems. Add in trying to do a conference in a large hotel, human protestors outside, and a murder that happens on the inside then all hell breaks loose. This was a quick and easy read - a little easy to figure it out closer to the end, but a very good whodunit filled with stress of a timeline and trying to fend off prejudices and hatred.
On the surface, this is a mystery with humans, vampires, werewolves and pixies with the resident Phoenix being the supernatural detective trying to solve a homicide while not derailing the summit she helped organise. I enjoy how the book uses supernaturals but to be honest, a reader could change the story to be one about a summit on race, a summit about sexuality, a summit about politics or anything else that causes conflict and possible cover-up. Thanks for a good story that works as both an urban fantasy mystery and a sounding board against prejudices while avoiding being a judgemental lecture.
This book definitely start out a little bit slow. I like the fact that they were having a supernatural summit to help others supernaturals get along and also show the human community at supernatural‘s weren’t all that bad. Of course Emma could not catch a break there had to be a murder or two. Now they’re just trying to keep the murders under wraps before this human society hears about it and figure out who the murderer was, was it a human or a supernatural.