An appealing paranormal suspense tale.


An American college student uncovers a gruesome mystery and a hidden world of magic while studying in Ireland in this debut novel.

For Morgan Patterson, attending the University of Ulster in Coleraine is the opportunity of a lifetime. Her host family, the O’Donnells, provides a supportive and stable home, and she enjoys learning about an area her grandmother frequently visited. While searching for mollusks, she meets Sgt. Tiernan Doherty. Their attraction is instantaneous, but Tiernan has a dark past and obligations. His routine duties take an ominous turn when he finds a bag containing two dismembered feet. Morgan was in the area and saw a distinctive car shortly before the discovery. Although the investigation stalls because the authorities are unable to identify the victim, Tiernan believes the murder was intended to send a message to him. Morgan and Tiernan fall in love, but two women from his past threaten to complicate their future. Em and Withypol want something from him, and they will stop at nothing to ensure Tiernan pays his debts. When Morgan discovers that Tiernan is actually a faerie, she enters a world of magic and intrigue and crosses paths with a dangerous enemy. Perkins’ genre-bending series opener is an arresting mix of murder mystery and paranormal romance with well-developed characters and a narrative that takes many twists and turns. Morgan is a resourceful heroine who generally regards stories of faeries and enchantment as nothing more than fantastical Irish folklore. Tiernan is a well-drawn character, loyal and passionate but unable to fall in love until he meets Morgan. The author also succeeds at creating dynamic supporting characters who could potentially serve as protagonists in future stories. The setting is an important element in the book, and Perkins paints a vivid portrait of life in a university town. The narrative is sprawling, with the focus often shifting between the murder mystery and the paranormal activities of the characters. The author, however, keeps the novel from seeming overstuffed by maintaining the focus on the protagonists and their relationship. This story may satisfy fans of Nora Roberts and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

An appealing paranormal suspense tale.

Pub Date: April 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-977947-79-6

Page Count: 776

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 8, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2018

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A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy — and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference — but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends.

Pub Date: July 11, 1960

ISBN: 0060935464

Page Count: 323

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1960

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While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

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