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Series: SPI Files #1
Published by Ace on December 31st 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us… When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process. Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.
Had your usual vampires and werewolves, but also some more unusual creatures, such as ghouls and grendels, and human abilities – a “seer” who doesn’t see the future, but rather can see/sense when a person is supernatural, etc. Loved the characters, and it was refreshing that the heroine, who was a newly hired special agent for Supernatural Protection and Investigations, didn’t just automatically get abilities to assist her with her job. Rather, she had to get training (wasn’t even allowed to carry a gun for much of the book), and otherwise muddle through what needed to be done.