by Hannah Jayne
Kindle Edition – Read October 24, 2013
Original Release Date: March 1, 2011
Length: 353 pages
Official Description: This is book #1 of the Underworld Detection Agency
Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?
Call the Underworld Detection Agency.As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny. . .
Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in. . .and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power. . .
I was warned before I ever got this book to not judge it by its cover because it is oh so misleading. So I went into it knowing it wasn’t going to be action packed and lighteningey with a chick who’ll fight off the bad guys with a sword. So you have been warned, this is not that kind of book. This is more of a mystery..hmm what can I compare it to? Maybe the Hunted By the Others series, but with less fighting and more humor. This is light read and by that I mean it is funny, you can read through it in one sitting, and there is so much potential for a great series in these pages. This book does follow Sophie who works in the paranormal world but doesn’t belong. She isn’t super hot, but she’s not ugly, she’s smart and has a lot of history. She is pulled into the whole crime world because no one can help the detective, Parker, except her. Not that no one else was incapable, everyone was just busy. I honestly enjoyed the series, there were time that it was overly clichéd, but the story itself is cute and funny, has a splash of romantic intentions and a small amount of action. I don’t know if I’m describing it well, but it is definitely worth checking out.
“You’re going to be working with a banshee named Ari. He’s super nice. Just don’t look him directly in the eye or show him his reflection. It sends him to a parallel dimension, and he gets so pissed when that happens. It also really messes up payroll.”