My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Detective noir fiction and Grimm’s Fairy Tales collide in the “Hank Mossberg, Private Ogre” detective series. The series takes place in the gritty streets of San Francisco and in the undercity, the massive underground cavern where thousands of fae creatures secretly make their homes. Here, nymphs walk darkened streets, imps are slave traders, and gnomes are elite hackers.
In “Murder in the Boughs,” Hank Mossberg is a hard-boiled San Francisco detective who must race against time to rescue a kidnapped girl, expose a ring of “pixie dust” dealers, and find the killer of a high-elven San Francisco kingpin. Hank is also the last living ogre in the world.
Hank’s troubles begin when he stumbles onto a briefcase full of the illicit drug known as pixie dust. He finally has the evidence he needs to bring down the notorious Kaisers, an elven crime family, but then the gang’s leader is murdered and the pixie dust disappears. Hank is hot on the trail of the killer when he gets an urgent call from a desperate woman whose daughter has been abducted… only the kidnapper is no ordinary criminal, and even Hank’s unique skills might not be enough to bring the girl home. Hank juggles both cases while navigating the complexities of fae-world politics and real life relationships, none of which ever seem to come easy.
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Series: Hank Moss, Private Ogre, #1
I was concerned by the fact that the Kaiser gang needed guns and handcuffs. The fae – especially elves – can do some wily magic, and handcuffs are about as useful against them as rubber bands. That meant they had been dealing with humans. That’s not unheard of, especially with a bunch like the Kaisers. They go back to the early days of organized crime.
The book introduces you to detective Hank Mossberg, located in San Francisco. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With Murder in the Boughs, Jamie Sedgwick has created an entertaining and cleverly elaborated combination of urban fantasy and mystery. Detective Hank Mossberg is a very likeable character who solves crimes in San Francisco and in the undercity – his customers are humans and fae. I was drawn into the story right away. The author tells Hank’s story in a refreshing way – giving the reader opportunities to get acquainted with the other protagonists as well. As the story proceeds you learn more about Hank’s great personality. This is a book for you if you like magic, mystery and mayhem.
This is the first book of a great series. Recommended.
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