Deadly Curiosities

Deadly Curiosities

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by Gail Z. Martin

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Welcome to Trifles & Folly, a store with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670 – acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500-year-old vampire and


Welcome to Trifles & Folly, a store with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670 – acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500-year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market.
When a trip to a haunted hotel unearths a statue steeped in malevolent power, and a string of murders draws a trail to the abandoned old Navy yard, Cassidy and Sorren discover a diabolical plot to unleash a supernatural onslaught on their city.
It’s time for Kincaide and her team to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.

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Publishers Weekly
When previously non-magical items purchased from Cassidy Kincaide’s antique shop start displaying dangerous powers, Cassidy and her assistant manager, Teag, must investigate before their shop’s specialty in supernatural items becomes public knowledge. Joined by Cassidy’s centuries-old vampiric business partner, Sorren, and local Voudon practitioner Lucinda, the shopkeepers are quickly swept up into a series of mysterious murders and danger much larger than any of the shop’s everyday business. Martin (the Ascendant Kingdoms saga) weaves together fact, fiction, and the supernatural to create a realistic underworld for modern Charleston, S.C. The sense of danger is very real, both in Cassidy’s psychometric visions and during physical attacks, but so is the sense of protection and safety Cassidy’s friends and guardians provide. A few loose threads leave the impression that this is the first of many adventures for Cassidy and her team, and a refreshing lack of interpersonal and sexual drama will appeal to longtime fans of paranormal mysteries. (July)
Fiction Vortex
“Martin is clearly in her element when bringing the ghosts of Charleston to life. Cassidy’s investigation is peppered with the stories of pirates and smugglers whose deaths are tied to the evil threatening the city. I’ll admit, I’m a big fan of ghost stories and I loved the touch of character Martin gave to her haunts.”
Gizmo's Reviews
“If you like kick ass action at every turn, and the unknown whether the characters will all survive or not, then please read Deadly Curiosities and give the finger to publishers who say that UF is dead and gone.”
A Bibliophile's Reverie
“This novel felt like a shiny twist between Warehouse 13 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” 4/5 stars
Red Star Reviews
“Let me start by saying this book was awesome! Very engrossing right from the start! I’ve enjoyed every Gail Z Martin book I’ve read and Deadly Curiosities is no exception to this!”
The Book Adventures
“A fast-paced, suspenseful and sometimes creepy story, this book brings paranormal closer to horror and further from fantasy, and was a welcome change from the tropes that pervade the sub-genre.”
Caffeinated BookReviewer
“An old school urban fantasy with a Warehouse 13 vibe, this tale was action packed. Filled with magic, supernatural creatures and possessed objects. I quickly consumed this and look forward to reading more.”
Wicked Scribe
“The villains are delightfully evil, the crimes are horrific and you get pulled into the motivation to find and stop this paranormal killer before things get even worse.”
John Hartness
"Great characters, awesome magic, huge thrill ride!"
Justin Gustainis
"Six hundred year old vampire — check. Psychic antiques dealer — check. Cursed artefacts — check. Murderous demon on the loose — check. This book's got it all. Gail Z. Martin expertly rachets up the tension until you've got paper cuts from turning the pages so fast. Deadly Curiosities is a winner!"

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Gail Z. Martin writes epic and urban fantasy, steampunk and short stories. She is the author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle series and the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga series of epic fantasy books, as well as the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy world and coming in 2015, Iron and Blood, a steampunk novel, co-written with Larry N. Martin. Gail is a frequently contributor to US and UK anthologies. She also writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and The Deadly Curiosities Adventures.
Find her at:, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on, at blog and
She leads monthly conversations on Goodreads ( and posts free excerpts of her work on Wattpad (
When she’s not writing, Gail also enjoys reading, cooking, watching anime and Dr. Who, and hanging out with her husband, kids and dogs.

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Deadly Curiosities 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Cassidy Kincaide runs an antiquities shop called Trifles & Folly, but there is more to her business than just buying and selling antiques. Cassie’s shop is the perfect front for what she really does; acquiring and containing dangerous magic objects, with the help of her assistant manager Teag and the back up of her boss, the silent business partner of the Trifles & Folly and centuries old vampire, Sorren. But, something powerful and evil has arrived, seeming to charge up all the mundane objects that Cassie has sold and turn them into malevolent objects Cassie seek to keep out of circulation. Cassie and Teag must find the source of the evil and stop it, but with bodies showing up flayed and mutilated it may be more than they can handle on their own. Will I be checking the shadows tonight as I go to bed? Maybe. Deadly Curiosities had more ghosts, shadow men and demons than you could shake a stick at…and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. This was a book full of action, mystery and magic and had me gripped from the first page to the last. To give fair warning this book has no romance in it, or any hint of romance either, I admit as a complete romance junkie I felt a pang of disappointment, but I was soon engrossed into the book and didn’t miss it (too much). What I enjoyed most about Deadly Curiosities  was the mystery, I wanted to find out what was happening and why as much as Cassidy and the crew did. I also loved how creepy this book could be, Gail Z Martin manages to ratchet up the atmosphere, making is oppressive and scary, especially towards the end, making it that much more exciting. So why only rate it 3.5 stars? Although I enjoyed the action and the plot, I found the characters a little forgettable. I liked them all, they were pleasant to read about and I was definitely on their team, but I connected with none of them and to some extent I found them a little boring. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next in the series, it was a dark adventure full of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night! *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit to being torn in how to review Deadly Curiosities. On the one hand, it is a truly creepy book; some of the scenes had me checking the dark corners of my room for monsters. On the other hand, I found the first person narration and info dumping to be very annoying. On the *other* hand, I really liked some of the supporting characters; a story centered around Lucinda would be nice. Overall, this is a solid urban fantasy, but I will probably not be back for future volumes. -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the whole story from start to finish. Want more!
meOwsgrr More than 1 year ago
I loved Martins other series The Chronicles of the Necromancer, but this one fell flat for me.  I just didn't relate to the characters, so there wasn't any flow for me.  I felt that things were very forced and abrupt from plot to character interactions.  This was very surprising to me since her other series didn't do this at all.  There were so many interesting and unique ideas in this book I was bummed I didn't like it more.
Danielle Hoots More than 1 year ago
Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin follows Cassidy Kincaide as she, a psychic who can see the history of almost any item with an imprint of its owner; Teag, who recently discovered he has the gift of casting weaving spells; and Sorren, a 500 year old vampire who comes only when trouble is near. So, as you expected, trouble has come to the town of Charleston, South Carolina. This novel felt like a shiny twist between Warehouse 13 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Between neutralizing items from doing dangerous things in Trifles & Folly, a little antique store… And a sexy blonde vampire… I had two of my favorite shows all curled up into one exciting story. Some of my favorite scenes included little references that add a sense of humor, but didn’t dwell on them for more than a sentence or two, such as Sorren leaving a note for Cassidy saying, “Feeling better. Stepped out for a bite. See you soon.” This type of subtle humor keeps the story real and fun. At first I didn’t care for the main character, mostly because the reader is dumped straight into her power with a strong antique item. This causes her to react strongly to it and to me she felt weak. I wanted to see how a normal item affected her before something over powering her. It made me wonder how she could be so powerful if something could take her that easy. It wasn’t until later in the story do you see her with a smaller item that she can control. After that I fell in love with the character and wanted to learn more. As for Teag and Sorren, I wanted to learn their story a bit more. Of course for Sorren the reader doesn’t know much about because he doesn’t like people knowing too much about him, being 500 years old and all, so we learn his story slower. I would have liked more scenes with him since he is trying to protect Cassidy, but the fact he can’t come out in sunlight makes that difficult. On the other hand, I would like to learn about Teag some more. We know he is a weaver, but I wanted to see him learn the skill, not just be told he has been taking classes. I want to know how he noticed this ability and how he is learning. One last problem I had was I felt I was dropped in the middle of an already ongoing series. It didn’t feel as if it was the first novel. I felt disconnected as to what was going on, as if they had always been doing this and wondered what made this case special. I understood that the enemy was greater than any other they had face, but what were they doing beforehand? I needed a sense of what was normal before all of this happened. I truly enjoyed the story. It was jam packed full of amazing fight scenes, ghosts and demons haunting houses and shipyards, and well-rounded characters that only needed just a little bit more description. There was even a fight scene in a museum as things started to become possessed and alive! I give the novel 4/5 stars, just because there were some areas that could be improved on, but it was a fantastic, well researched story. Review originally posted on A Bibliophile's Reverie
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I like the variety of paranormal abilities and creatures in this book, and really like the history woven through. At times it seemed a little slow paced, but it was an intense story that I couldn't put down. I look forward to getting to know these characters even better in future books (hopefully). This has some intriguing concepts, nail biting moments when things go bump in the night, and made for an interesting summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am hoping this cast of characters gets another book
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Finally - A Fresh, Creative, and Utterly Entertaining Paranormal Story I would like to thank NetGalley &amp; Solaris for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. I give this book 4.5 stars, but as most places only accept whole numbers I'm rounding it up to 5 stars. Goodreads Blurb: <blockquote>Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles &amp; Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation. Welcome to Trifles &amp; Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670&mdash;acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It&rsquo;s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it&rsquo;s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.</blockquote>   A truly exciting read, Ms. Martin has created one of the best urban fantasies I've had the pleasure of exploring recently. Her characters are all robust, with many layers and facets, giving them the feel of real people. And her world-building is top notch, rich and replete with realistic settings and scenes that place you directly in the story. This is easily one of the more thrilling urban fantasies I have read in the past year or more. Certainly to the point where I am anxious to get my hands on more of her stories, particularly any that continue on with the core cast from this book. Cassidy is a psychometric, meaning she can tell the history of an item just by touching it. And in a place like Charleston, South Carolina, that pretty much guarantees lots of real interesting experiences for Cassidy. And many of them are sadly, highly unpleasant histories. This is a city renowned for slavery, pirates, smuggling, and lots of things that go bump in the night. Things that Cassidy has learned are real, and you don't want to face them unprepared. Cassidy is the kind of girl that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. She's got the heart of a lion, and her non-corporeal protectors are great choices on Ms. Martin's part. They are warm and fuzzy, one in the literal sense, but anyone threatens their girl Cassidy will be facing some serious defenses. Brought into the Alliance by her friend and mentor Sorren, Cassidy's education comes in fits and starts. Sorren is a 500+ year-old vampire who has been working with a member of Cassidy's family since the opening of Trifles &amp; Folly in 1670. His protective feelings toward Cassidy reminds me a bit of Stefan's feelings for Mercy in Patricia Briggs' <em>Mercy Thompson</em> series, minus the romantic inclinations Stefan harbors for Mercy, at least that we're aware of thus far! Teag is Cassidy's assistant manager and close friend. They met through a martial arts class, where he was her instructor. He knows tons of different styles and is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and all that is before you add in his Weaver magic, which he is still learning about. Just like Sorren, Teag is also very protective of Cassidy. He is also every bit as invested in the real reason Trifles &amp; Folly exists as Cassidy and Sorren. Items they sold (that hadn't give Cassidy any history of the nasty sort) are suddenly becoming increasingly dangerous. It is only luck that a local woman bought a bunch of pieces for her B&amp;B, thus leading her back to the shop, and Cassidy, when things begin to get seriously spooky at her previously quiet B&amp;B. From there Cassidy and company discover that all kinds of formerly 'mundane' pieces have become charged, in the scary way, and all in the past six months. Which unfortunately aligns with the beginning of a series of unsolved murders. The more they learn the worse things look. This is one 'adventure' that could take everything they've got and it still might not be enough to put an end to the danger. But if they don't try the danger will most certainly extend well beyond a few pieces of affected furniture and locations, and could very well destroy all of Charleston and beyond. Sorren brings more help onboard, and Cassidy trusts her instincts and brings in another person to help, much to the frustration of the rest of the team, though they allow him to stay. But will their small team be enough to deal with what's out there? Will they be able to get justice for the innocents who died simply because they knew too much, or were in the wrong place at the wrong time? Will they even survive the coming battle?  Full of suspense and intrigue, this book keeps you on your toes. It is nearly impossible to set it down once you've begun reading, as the characters and storyline reel you in like a fish on a line (though far more enjoyably). I am very hopeful that there are more books with Cassidy and crew awaiting me, and more Ms. Martin plans to put onto paper for us!
Berls More than 1 year ago
Super Spooky Fun! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Actual rating: 3.5 stars My Initial Reaction...  Deadly Curiosities was super spooky and lots of fun! I wish I'd gotten to know the characters better, but I see real potential for the series.  The Characters...  Deadly Curiosities is told from the point of view of Cassidy Kincaide. Cassidy owns an antique store called Trifles &amp; Folly that has been passed down through her family for centuries - passed down to family members with the same gift she has. See, Cassidy has a psychic gift that lets her touch objects and see their history. I have to say, this was a super cool way to tell a story. I loved the flashbacks through all different periods of history and the creepy factor was sometimes through the roof. I loved Cassidy too - she's got a penchant for history (a plus in my book), a streak for a adventure, and a huge heart. She's doing a job that puts her life on the line everyday and the only real reward is protecting her community. And she's a dog lover, so I know she's a good person :) Teag works for Cassidy and he is just discovering his magical abilities - he's a Weaver. This was a brand new magical concept for me, so that alone made it super cool! This gives him the ability to dig up information on the web really well and as he's learning, gives him some cool knitting abilities too. I really wish we'd gotten to know Teag a bit better. I mean we know that his partner, Anthony, is a lawyer and you get a glimpse of him through that relationship, but since we aren't in his head at all and this book is more story, less character building, I left feeling like I don't really know him much beyond the job. Too bad.  There's a whole bunch of other characters that I loved and their magic was unique and fun. But I'll let you read it to get to know them :) The Story...  The story for Deadly Curiosities revolved around Cassidy's talent, honestly. Mundane objects that Cassidy and Teag already cleared as being not dangerous are suddenly starting to transform into potentially dangerous objects. And they don't know why. And at the same time, there have been an worrisome streak of gruesome murders. So any good detective knows there's probably a connection there - and they get to work figuring things out.  The main reason I'm giving Deadly Curiosities 3.5 stars instead of 4 is the pace. It would have this incredibly interesting, spooky segment and then we'd fall into a bit of a lull and I got bored. I suspect that this has something to do with the way I tend to get bored in procedurals - I wouldn't straight up call this a procedural, but it definitely revolved around solving a mystery and those moments inbetween the action where it's all detective work were slow for me.  The two things I loved most were 1 - the ghost/spooky elements. They gave me just the right amount of goosebumps every single time. And 2 - the setting/historical elements. Martin made this Charleston, SC setting come to life and she throws you into the history - both mundane and magical in such interesting and culturally diverse ways. It made the book a real treat for me!  Concluding Sentiments...  If you're looking for a nice summer ghost mystery, Deadly Curiosities is a great book for you. And if you like procedural type books, you may even love it more than I did!
JeanMarie14 More than 1 year ago
It's so nice to see an urban fantasy with intelligent protagonists who act as sensibly as the circumstances allow. You'd think that would be required if you're dealing with big scary monsters, but all too often it gets drowned in a sea of angst. There's very little angst in DEADLY CURIOSITIES, but a great deal of demon fighting, explosions and things that go bump in the night. I'll be buying the ebooks that preceded this outing and looking forward to the next novel in the Solaris series.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Deadly Curiosities is book 1 in a new urban fantasy based in Charleston, SC. Cassidy Kincaide owns and operates Trifles &amp; Folly, a antique shop that specializes in magical items. Cassidy job is to weed out and nullify any deadly or dangerous items...but when all the items she has recently sold start haunting their new owners Cassidy and her band of friends must uncover what dark magic is causing this malicious chain reaction. Deadly Curiosities has a fresh new concept and a delightful cast of characters that give me hope for a wonderful new series to come. There really wasn't any romantic interest/tension. I did also find the story a little long winded with similar situations repeating without much plot progression. All in all, Deadly Curiosities is a fun, unique and interesting story with marvelous possibilities for what might come next.
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
This wasn't what I thought it was gonna be when I started reading it. And by that I mean I thought it was gonna be a paranormal romance with a little action on the side. Boy, was I wrong. There was no romance (not even a hint) and it was full of action from visions to full out street brawls. The history in each object was neat to see instead of just being told about it. Very different. Looking forward to reading more in this series. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.