Friday, May 9, 2014

The Elemental Detective by Kirsten Weiss [Review]
The Elemental Detective (Riga Hayworth #5) by Kirsten Weiss
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: January 19, 2014

Riga Hayworth
1. The Metaphysical Detective
2. The Alchemical Detective
3. The Shamanic Detective
4. The Infernal Detective
5. The Elemental Detective - Paperback | Kindle

Kirsten Weiss
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Mermaids, menehunes, and murder.

Riga Hayworth just wants to relax with her new husband on their Hawaiian honeymoon. But a body on a Kauai beach pulls them into a murder investigation, sending the supernatural world into an uproar.

When Riga detects traces of magic at a murder scene, she knows she can’t ignore the call. There’s necromancy afoot, and she must prepare for the battle to come. But can Riga fight the forces of nature? Or will they destroy her and everyone she loves?

Book five in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mystery novels, The Elemental Detective is a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy blending romance with the supernatural, and exploring the magic of Hawaii.
Thoughts on The Elemental Detective: You can take the lady away from her usual haunts, but you can't keep danger from finding her. Riga's like a metaphysical magnet, pulling all the unusual things around her into her orbit. Including Donovan, come to think of it. Which (and keep in mind, I stepped into this series at book 4 so I might have missed this in the earlier books) (and now I've lost my train of thought after that aside. DANGIT!)... *looks around* I guess I was trying to say that it feels like there's more to Donovan than what we see. Based on some of the things that happen here, I am SO intrigued by him and the way he complements Riga.

This time around, Riga is drawn into something big. She still doesn't have a handle on her power... or, it's more like she's still trying to figure out what works for her since what she found out in the last book. She's floundering in some ways and she's unsure of herself, which strikes me as something that's not normal for her.

The ebb and flow of magic on the islands fascinates her but she hasn't quite found her rhythm within it. I liked watching her sort through the threads of the case and (sometimes grudgingly) step back to let Donovan take the lead. I just... like those two together. They're like puzzle pieces that fit.

Fun and fast-paced with a little ghostly goodness thrown in for good measure. *thumbs up*

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