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Hard Magic (Paranormal Scene Investigations Series #1)

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    An entertaining magical whodunit.

    Recent college graduate Bonnie Torres joins New York-based Private, Unaffiliated, Private Investigators (PUPIs) a forensic magic investigative firm. She and the other PUPIs practice magical spell-casting as they prepare for their first field case.

    The Chicago police ruled that septuagenarian Charles and Patty Reyboern committed vehicular suicide. Their daughter Rose rejects the official determination of the causes of her parents' deaths as each was healthy, financially secure and liked one another; no motive appears for their killing themselves. She hires PUPIs as she refuses to accept what the cops concluded. Although not ready, the inquiry is assigned to Bonnie and her team. They follow clues some of a magical variety while interviewing friends and family of the deceased. Soon they begin to agree with their client that murder made to look like suicide occurred. As they interrogate suspects, someone uses magic to take out the team, but Bonnie and company survive the spell-casting assaults.

    Laura Anne Gilman explains Bonnie was a bit player in the Retrievers saga when she got a starring role in the anthology Unusual Suspects (see Illumination); Hard Magic is her first lead in a novel. She proves capable as the heroine holds the exciting private investigator urban fantasy together. Fast-paced, readers will enjoy the return to the world of the Cosa Nostradamus starring a naïve rookie (total opposite of the Retriever veterans) whose investigation makes for an entertaining magical whodunit.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    great new series

    I really have liked this series. Love how all the characters interact. Their is still a lot we dont know about them. Slowly builds what you know what you want to know.
    Bonnie has just graduated from collage. She is living in a hotel that her mentor is paying for her. Trying to find a job but no one hires her. Her resume looks good and she gets lots of call backs but because she can not use technolgy she doesn't get hired.
    Then one day she gets a message on her answering machine from a business she did not apply for a job, time of her interview and address. She is curious so goes and finds a group of people waiting to be interviewed for a job just like her at same time. after a half hour no one comes into the office they get curious and knock on inner door and look in and find a dead body.
    They don't rush to call cops but infact go closer to the body making sure he is dead. They all look around and keep noticing facts asking questions and answering them. Then the dead body gets up and tells them they are all hired.
    After they all recover they find out about P.U.P.I. A company that looks into things that talents are doing not for councel but for truth and holding people accountable for their actions. They are all talent. Which means they have magic gifts that they can use to help them find the facts of a case.
    They all have different skills. Bonnie is great at remembering details of things she sees.
    One is computer hacker that is a very rare skill most can't use technolgy because their power is current so destroys things. One can tell when most people lie.
    Ian and Ben are the Top Dogs who started the company because they saw a need. They spend a lot of time teaching them how to use their currents in different ways to gather evidence and find the facts. Forensic magic its never been used that way.
    Their are people that don't want the facts comming out about what they might do and try to destroy the company.
    Their first case a daughter does not believe her parents committed suicide in a car that know one knows who owns it.
    its a well arounded book. I like Laura Anne Gilman's books. I have in last 3 days read 3 of them and plan to read more in the future.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Gilman Does It Again!

    Laura Anne Gilman's HARD MAGIC is a spinoff of her Retrievers series. In this book, Bonita Torres is looking for a job right out of college and gets a job offer for something she never even applied for--PUPI (Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations). PUPI does forensic magical investigations. This is still set in the Retrievers' Casa Nostradamus world, but takes a different angle. The PUPI investigators have to proceed through trial and error (and the occasional big OOPS) to solve a mystery of what looks like a double suicide--but might not be. Bonita and her four friends do all the standard investigatory things, but use spells as well. They're not quite sure what they're doing, but they're plowing ahead anyway--even if there's something, or someone, out there trying to stop them. Really excellent book, great characters and a fun read!

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