Title: Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective (Cassie
Author: Christine Amsden
Category: Paranormal Mystery
Published: May 15, 2013 by Twilight Times
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Cassie Scot is a good mystery with a paranormal twist, but to be honest Cassie herself is what sold me on the book.
Setting: Eagle Rock is an interesting town full of regular folks and magical folks. The magic is not in the open but it’s kind of one of those known secrets. People suspect and respect the magical families but never actually accuse them of anything, probably because how do you accuse someone of being a sorcerer? The town lies near Table Rock Lake and underneath that lake is a node, a concentration of energies that sorcerers can tap into, which accounts for the unusually large number of practitioners in the area.
Main Character: Cassie is the star of the story and the reason I enjoyed it. She’s real, well if the only non-magical child in a family of sorcerers can seem real. She’s struggling with gaining her independence and needing her family’s support, love, and, let’s be honest, protection in a town where magic can, and usually does, rule. She’s smart and funny and I liked her. I’d like to be her friend. She’s loyal, perhaps to a fault, and tenacious, even when the odds are against her.
Cassie has the advantage of understanding the reality of magic but also it’s limitations. She’s knows the magical families in town, their “gifts” and tendencies. Although not having any magic ability of her own leaves her a little vulnerable, she deals with it well. She even knows better than to wear a short skirt and heels when heading out to fight a vampire.
Her love interest, Ethan, is probably one of the most powerful sorcerers in town. He’s the one that drags her into the investigation. It starts with his cousin being killed, but quickly spirals when a local sorceress is found dead and changed into a vampire, something that should have been impossible. It’s dangerous when magic’s flying, vampires are stalking you, and your crush has the “kiss of death” (not actually as bad as it sounds).
Plot: I was worried the paranormal aspects of the book would overwhelm the mystery, but it was fairly well-balanced. The story moves along quickly and there are clues but I didn’t put it all together.
Romance: Ethan and Cassie have known each other since elementary school and they work together well. He respects her and doesn’t force her to do what he wants her to, and he doesn’t expect her to stay safe at home. He knows she needs to be part of the action. I liked them as a couple, I could feel the attraction, but then the last chapter left me uneasy, uncomfortable. Hopefully my issue will be resolved in the next in the series.
Recommendation: Cassie Scot may lean a little to the YA side, but I really enjoyed it. It’s light, fun, a good summer read for me.
Cassie Scot Series
- Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective
- Secrets and Lies (expected September 2013)
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