The Detective & The Unicorn [NOOK Book]

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When a warlock from the magical world of the Morning Land murders Derek Ridder’s friend, the LAPD detective gets a new partner. Her name’s Tavia, and she’s a brash, driven unicorn filly. She identifies the killer as Sir William Teach, the one man she’s sworn to capture or kill at all cost.

Together, Derek and Tavia race to uncover Teach’s dark plans to unleash an ancient ...
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The Detective & The Unicorn

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Overview

When a warlock from the magical world of the Morning Land murders Derek Ridder’s friend, the LAPD detective gets a new partner. Her name’s Tavia, and she’s a brash, driven unicorn filly. She identifies the killer as Sir William Teach, the one man she’s sworn to capture or kill at all cost.

Together, Derek and Tavia race to uncover Teach’s dark plans to unleash an ancient evil in order to conquer both of their worlds. Their path takes them through Los Angeles and deep into the fantasy realm of the Morning Land.

Along the way, they discover what can break a mythical creature’s heart, what can heal death itself, and whether or not one needs to be virgin-pure in order to touch a unicorn.

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Included with this story are preview chapters of Michael Angel’s novel of ‘Fantasy and Forensics’, Centaur of the Crime.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013560772
  • Publisher: Banty Hen Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Angel is a professional writer whose books have been published internationally by mainstream ‘dead tree’ publishers in Italian, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Korean, German, Russian, and Chinese.

One of his nonfiction books was selected as a textbook for upper division biology courses in the California public university system. Nothing thrills him more than to know that somewhere, right now, there are bright young people who are *required* to read his work.
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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    In a world where unicorns and pegasi live in a unique harmony with humans, we find magic.

    Michael Angel sets you up for a crime-murder-mystery, then turns it on its head when a unicorn from the Morning Land comes to help him solve the crime. I got caught up in his way with words -- painting a full-color picture of LA and of the Morning Land. I could feel the aches and pains as well as surprise at success by Derek. And I could feel his passion for those he cares about most deeply.

    And the story is not with out it's humorous moments. I giggled at the antics of Thunderbolt, the Wonder Colt. I smiled when Rachel met Tavia and then Thunderbolt for the first time. As a little girl, I always wished my stuffed ponies would come to life -- and her she is getting to play with a pegasus!!

    I didn't want the story to end...I sure hope that there is a sequel!! I want to see more of Derek, Tavia, and the others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Highly Entertaining Crime Noir & Fantasy blend that'll Excite and Delight!

    It's hard to pigeon-hole this book into one narrow category, as The Detective and the Unicorn expertly weaves together the best elements of the crime noir genre and the vivid and playful imagination of the fantasy genre. I was able to relate and sympathize with the main characters from the beginning. Mr. Angel gives all his characters a great sense of humanity, personality, and likability. He has pulled together a terrific ensemble cast for this book, and has paced the book to keep the reader engrossed and entertained. There's a wonderful balance of character development, action, thriller, crime noir, and yes, dare I say, a romance. (To keep this spoiler-free, I won't give specifics.)

    While the main characters of Derek Ridder and Tavia are solid and anchor the book nicely, Angel gives the best lines to the supporting cast of characters. I laughed out loud several times, I got misty-eyed at spots, and some characters were so likable I still think about them today. The subtle hints of foreshadowing pay off as the story progresses, and you are truly left guessing until the very end.

    Overall, I give this a hearty five stars. I truly believe anyone will find this book to be entertaining, heartfelt, and a change of pace from the ordinary.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Urban Fantasy with a non-urban twist

    As the title implies, this novel is a different kind of urban fantasy, or perhaps just a fantasy, as the `urban' soon disappears, but who cares? The novel is kick ass fun!

    In a world where the Morning Land is now a member of the United Nations, Detective Derek Ridder is thrown into an investigation involving a threat not only to the Morning Land, but also to our entire world. His partner in the investigation is none other than the Warder of Cavilad's daughter - Tavia the unicorn.

    Author Michael Angel provides a wonderful, realistic touch to both these complex characters (who knew unicorns were complex). The story combines both the feel of detective stories of old, and the wonder of fantasy in an action-packed story that follows the characters from Derek's to Tavia's world and back again. A VERRRY fun romp, and touching as well. I can hardly wait to read the sequel. Please.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Highly Recommended-A fabulous read.

    "THE DETECTIVE & THE UNICORN by Michael Angel will knock your socks off. Not only is the writing masterly but the story is brilliant. This isn't your typical other world fantasy either. No. Mr. Angel has the knack of creating believable characters and situations to the point you find yourself lost in them. I became consumed by THE DETECTIVE & THE UNICORN. An action-packed and suspenseful journey yet one so dear and sensitive that you'll find yourself scrambling for a tissue by the end. Quite a magnificent time I spent reading THE DETECTIVE & THE UNICORN." -Susan Wingate (author of award-winning "Drowning" and the "Bobby's Diner" Series)

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Entertaining, genre-busting fun! A great vacation read

    I love detective novels, and fantasy novels, and urban fantasy as well. This book dishes up a great genre-busting combo of the three. Imagine a mash-up of Jim Butcher and Anne McCaffrey, with a light dusting of S.J. Rozan for seasoning. You get the protagonist with a past, the unexpected appearance of the supernatural, and a satisfying villain, all tucked into the structure of a procedural.

    The novel is a quick and entertaining read, with believable and heartening character development. The plot moves the story along at a steady clip (well really, a steady clip-clop).

    This is not a book for those who love gritty and realistic hyperbolic violence. But for those of us who like to sleep at night without horrible pictures in our heads, the novel provides enough tension and conflict to satisfy. And if you happen to enjoy a dusting of romance, all the better.

    It's a great beach read -- just remember the sunscreen, because you will be on the towel, turning pages, for the whole afternoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    An unusual detective story

    I read this book and really liked it. I wanted to know how all the loose ends would get tied up and sure enough all was resolved by the end. It kept me interested throughout.

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