I really enjoyed this book, on many levels. It was well written and a great story, but it was also a beautiful setting that was intriguing and made me want to study Burmese folklore. It's NOT your usual fare, whatever that is - unless you read more of this author's work. I recommend it!
I've read several books by this author, and have not been disappointed. Magic is a part of all the books I've read - but each story offers something entirely different. Although there is a touch of romance, this is truly urban fantasy. I enjoyed it and was quickly immersed in it - now I want a sequel to find out more about these characters.
I have to agree with Wonderland Press - there is an underlying philosophical depth to this story that enriches it. It's hard to do the book justice. Romance? Mystery? Fantasy? Magic? It has all of those, but it's just, well, MORE. Read it - I think you'll like it!
I loved this book! For me, there is usually a bit of confusion at the beginning where I'm trying to figure out how this world works, and how it is different from the world we live in. Here, that discovery was so well orchestrated that it only made me more interested in the story. I loved the characters and worried about them; they were complex and believable, the story was compelling, and I couldn't put it down.
This book was very satisfying as a mystery, and obviously has an element of fantasy. Not so obvious, there is a hint of romance as well, although just a hint. It is possible to see it as a study of discrimination and oppression, but don't let that prevent you from giving it a read. I found the characters to be well-rounded and I was surprised at the end. I look forward to more books from this author.
This 3rd Mendenhall mystery is the best one yet. This book does have a mystery - and it's an intriguing one - but it also explores the relationships between Kate and Amanda, and Kate and her officers, and Kate and Bert, and Amanda and Marco - well, you get the idea - the major relationships are all examined a little more deeply. There may be a ghost involved - or not. And I won't divulge the ending, but it definitely leaves me wondering about what will happen next. This author just keeps getting better!
This is one terrific book! I have loved all the books in this series (and if you haven't read any, they're better in order, although each does stand alone) but this is definitely the best one yet. If you like books with strong heroines and great stories, get this one. You'll love it!