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Tricks of the Trade (Paranormal Scene Investigations Series #3)

Tricks of the Trade (Paranormal Scene Investigations Series #3)

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by Laura Anne Gilman

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When magic goes wrong, who are you going to call?

The name's Torres, Bonnie Torres, and I'm a paranormal scene investigator—rooting out the truth about crimes of magic. It's dangerous and boring and scary and fascinating. Though not everyone in the Cosa Nostradamus is happy we're around, which can make

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Tricks of the Trade 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Who keeps the Cosa Nostradamus on the up-and-up, so to speak, when it comes to criminal events? Bonnie Torres and her colleagues in an elite crime-fighting unit, the PUPI—Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations—are dedicated to looking for the truth in magic-related crimes. Created by Ian Stosser and his partner, Ben Venec, PUPI is all about investigating crimes involving the Cosa Nostradamus, the community of magical beings, both human Talent and fatae, supernatural creatures. Talent and fatae coexist fairly peacably with each other and with Nulls, those unfortunate humans who have no magical abilitites, but crimes do occur and our little band of Talent is frequently called in to find out the facts, the who, where, why and how. Then it’s up to the Cosa to deal with those facts. Two investigations are on deck at the moment—a dead body and a theft. The dead body happens to be very non-human but clearly a murder and the theft is of a pair of seemingly innocuous articles after a home break-in that resulted in astonishing damage. Why did someone want the creature dead and what happened to the pocket watch and glass dagger? To make things even more difficult, why is a mischievous imp called the Roblin stalking Bonnie? I have struggled to write this review but not for the usual “try to find something nice to say” reason. No, my problem has been that there is so much I loved about this book that I could easily get carried away and tell too much. What I will say is that I’m in awe of Ms. Gilman for her inventive mind, from all the different species of fatae to the properties and uses of current to the Merge going on between Bonnie and Ben to the vexations caused by a playful imp who brings new meaning to Murphy’s Law to…well, you get the picture. After all, how can you resist a well-to-do Great Worm known as Madame who appreciates roses or a Wookie-like bodyguard named Bobo? Suffice it to say, I love this book for its humor, the mysteries, the hint of romance, the sheer creativity. I’ve known of Ms. Gilman‘s work for years—she was quite popular in my bookstore—but this is the first time I’ve tried her and I can hardly wait to go back and start at the beginning of this wonderful series and the Retrievers series set in the same universe.
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Bluedragon30 More than 1 year ago
Book 3 in Lara Anne Gilman's Paranormal Scene Investigations brought me back into the series which began with Hard Magic and Pack of Lies, continuing this series with a convoluted mystery, lots of magic, a little bit of romance, and enough twists and turns to keep me up reading to finish on a work-night! I am usually less than keen on YA paranormal, simply because I find many of the plots to be a bit less-developed that I like. Ms. Gilman has done an excellent job of tying up the immediate mystery in each book in this series, while leaving enough unanswered questions about the general world and its characters to earn a permanent spot on my auto-buy list.
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Sir_Tim More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gilman continues to weave an intriguing tale in the Cosa Nostradamus Universe. The PUPIs continue to grow as their missions become more dangerous. There's a lot of action, a dab of romance, and danger for Bonnie Torres, PUPI extrordinaire! Definitely worth the read!
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Paranormal Scene Investigations. The first one I have read but not the last one. They mention other cases in this story which I assume is in the other two books. Their is another series of books called Retrievers and they mention Wren and we meet her in this book. I want to read at least one of that series too. Bonnie Torres is a talent in fact all the investigators are talent. Bonnie and one of her bosses are fighting what they call merge. Their talent is drawn together and wants them to get together and have offspring. It is rare and they are finding more all the time. They have walls around them in their minds so they don't keep getting what the other is doing or feeling most of the time. Bonnie likes guys and girls and wants uncomplicated relations. In fact her and Piers sleep together on casual basis. Getting involved with the boss is not what she wants or him either. They call the two Bosses Top Dogs and they all are pups. They are like P.I. firm that works to find facts about talent so they can be held accountable. One case is from a null a human nontalent and that he thinks a talent broke in his house to damage two rooms and take a watch and crystal knife. The other case is a floater that NYC cops called them in to figure out. The dead body is not human and in fact they are not sure what he is at first. They have refined their talents with practice on how they can help find out more from the evidence using their skills together or alone. The interactions of the Pups and Top Dogs I really like the characters and how involved they are and what we learn about them and their worlds. The cases are solved and their are a few other problems that come up. But it is their working so well and it comes across to each other. I liked the story. I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review. went and bought the others plus 5 more books of hers