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Book 34: Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff

Book 34: Book of Shadows.
Author: Alexandra Sokoloff, 2010.
Genre: Crime/ Police Procedural Occult. Witchcraft.
Other Details: Hardback. 320 pages.

Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements. The partners make a quick arrest when all evidence points to another student, a troubled musician in a Goth band who was either dating or stalking the murdered girl.

But Garrett's case is turned upside down when beautiful, mysterious Tanith Cabarrus, a practising witch from nearby Salem, walks into the homicide bureau and insists that the real perpetrator is still at large. Tanith claims to have had psychic visions that the killer has ritually sacrificed other teenagers in his attempts to summon a powerful, ancient demon. All Garrett's beliefs about the nature of reality will be tested as he is forced to team up with a woman he is fiercely attracted to but cannot trust, in a race to uncover a psychotic killer before he strikes again.
- synopsis from author's website.

This was my third book by this author and as with the others I found it a fast and engaging read. This was more of a supernatural crime thriller than the Huntress series. She obviously had done her homework and wrote with confidence about demons. There were some quite disturbing elements to the plot.

The only thing I felt was a little off were its erotic scenes. They just didn't feel quite organic as hough an editor had suggested 'sexing it up' some. Still these were only a slight blip in the flow of the narrative. I enjoyed it and rather wish this had been developed into a series.
Tags: angels/demons, crime fiction, occult, police drama, witchcraft

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