The Elemental Detective,Kirsten Weiss
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
This is book five in the series, I jumped in at book four so some of the characters are still unfamiliar to me, but its still easy to follow the story. Its written in a style that’s uncomplicated and which makes everything flow neatly. After the disasters around the wedding Riga is hoping for some peace on her honeymoon. Faint hope ! Magic and problems seem to follow her around, and they are soon enmeshed in a murder she knows magic has been involved in. Strange things happen around them, her magic and talents seem to be not quite right, and unusually Donovan seems to be attracting the magic of the island to him, with odd occurrences around him. There are supernatural creatures unfamiliar to Riga involved in the murder, and its a mystery that unfolds and deepens all the while. I had no idea who or what was behind events, and that’s always good. So many novels are predictable’ and while that can work its always fun to be taken by surprise.
The island of Hawaii makes a perfect setting for this book, it has a feeling of magic about it anyway, and so when Kirsten adds in supernatural creatures and events they seem real. Even in fantasy I need to feel that creatures and things the happen could possibly be genuine. A kind of suspension of the realities of life but with one foot – just the tip of a toe maybe 😉 – grounded in real life….I want to feel I could be there in the setting with them, feeling what they feel, working out the puxzzle as it is revealed. Add in the characters of Riga and Donovan who make a perfect couple, I love the rapport they have, they work well together, play off each other and have a fabulous feeling of genuine romance between them, and then their family and friend – and of course Birgitte ( I love her and that accent) and its a cast guaranteed to keep the reader entertained.
A great read, full of love and fun, happiness and horror, murder and mayhem and magical mysteries with Riga and Donovan learning new skills and phenomenons.
Stars: four and a half. A great addition to the series.
ARC supplied by author.