First in a new series! Phoenix McGee became a detective to show the world he was mature, reliable, capable of running his own life and business. It's just a shame he can't adult his way out of a paper bag. On the verge of losing everything, he takes on a simple case of suspected adultery, something to keep the lights on and the creditors at bay. Little did he suspect his life would become a chaotic whirlwind of false leads, uneasy alliances, mob ties, and a woman who punches with a sedan. Bodies pile up as he struggles to keep things normal for himself and his assistant, Suzette DiMarco. In Rouge Mal, Nevada, unusual is normal. Being a haven for the supernatural and superpowered, it's common to see a vampire on the street while a psychic informs you your bus will be late. Just present your Black Card for proof of powers. That's not to say there are no normal people, far from it. Then there is Phoenix McGee, the GearWitch. Being attuned to the clockwork nature of the universe and able to bend the fundamental laws of reality comes with the bonus that his powers show up under no scans, leaving him in a loophole where he can use his powers without legal restriction...or protection. Phoenix will need his wits if he plans to solve the case and save himself, his livelihood, and everyone around him... ...because cosmic powers don't pay the bills.
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The Art of Madness based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I came across this book yesterday afternoon through a promo from R.R. Virdi. I've already been following his Grave Report novels as well as The Books of Winter. This was different in a quirky way. Phoenix McGee is more upbeat and cheery than I expected characters to be in the genre. Though, there are certainly many moments this comes off as a superhero novel, than supernatural fantasy. Some moments were almost too sweet and positive (if that is a thing) and they made me cringe, but, the overall story was still a wonderful five stars. It's something that will take getting used to if you're coming from reading extensively in the genre. It's peppy, Phoenix comes off as a cheerleader at times, but I believe his art is in the right place and maybe he really can just be that positive. If you can separate it from the genre, and the works that dominate it and their tone, I think you'll enjoy this mix of a cheerful Doctor Strange/supernatural fantasy book.