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Smalltown magic, mystery and intrigue

  • May 1, 2013
With a nicely modern—normal and paranormal—take on the noir detective genre, Christine Amsden sets her novel, Cassie Scott, ParaNormal Detective, among the magic-wielders of small-town America, creating a cozily enticing sense of the exotic among the mundane. There’s a mystery to be solved of course, and an enterprising female protagonist who goes about it with logic and determination. But there’s also the question of why this young woman of zero magical talent should have been born to such a powerful family, the mystique of a small town where the magical live almost unnoticed, side by side with mundane neighbors, and the deep dark question of Cassie’s relationship to her parents.

And there’s romance. At 21, it's time for Cassie to step out into her future. Will she marry the normal guy she’s been dating, or the magical one-time friend who’s somehow haunted her since childhood? Will she fulfill a destiny as protector of the unmagical in her home town, or will she flee to a safer normal world? Will she accept her parents’ love, or stray too far beyond the bounds?

The story ends with its central mystery solved, but plenty of questions remain to fuel a continuing series. Imagine the Dresden Files set in a small cozy town, with a love interest that might actually work out—one day, maybe—and a twenty-something female protagonist, then perhaps you’ll have the feel of this fun paranormal tale.

Disclosure: The author kindly gave me a free ecopy of her novel.

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May 01, 2013
It kinda/sorta sounds like 'The X Files' for tweens.
May 06, 2013
Hi Christine, and sorry. That new adult genre keeps catching me. I need to take more care indicating recommended ages--or maybe just use the magic words new adult I suppose. Thanks anyway.
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From Publisher's Weekly:
"In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. ...Readers will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado." 
Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:
"When sorcerers call the shots, what's a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won't let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!"
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