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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    James Burnett's (The Runaway McBride) cousin Alex Hepburn is uneasy with his powers told to him by his dying Granny aka the Witch of Dromore.

    He gets strong sensations when he holds something the wearer has touched, and must intuit them, which is a challenge. An agent for Queen Victoria, Alex is on duty to thwart a plan to murder her when he is shot at by a mysterious blonde. Mahri Scot was actually aiming at a man behind Alex, and her shot dislodged the killer's gun. She is a disenchanted courier for a subversive group called Demos and had alerted the Secret Service to the attempt on the Queen. In the mayhem that ensues, Mahri, having discarded her wig, escapes with Alex hot on her heels. And he's hot on her heels (in more ways than one) throughout the book, charging up and down the Scottish countryside rescuing her, rescuing his wounded brother Gavin, foiling more plots, etc. Secondary characters, the charming Gavin who also has psychic powers; Gavin's amazing dog, MacDuff; and Dugald, Mahri's bodyguard, give the story some flavor. There's murder, intrigue, double-crossing, et al, but no real oomph in this one.

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