Matters of the Blood
Maria Lima
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Matters of the Blood (Blood Lines)
Maria Lima
352 pages
August 2009
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Matters of the Blood is the first book in a new series: Blood Lines. Full of surprises, the paranormal run rampant all over a one-stoplight town in Texasin this new urban fantasy-slash-mystery novel. Not only in genre and theme but also in writing style and character creation, Maria Lima compares to author Karen MacInerney, a guaranteed sensation with lovers of the paranormal and urban fantasy genres.

Keira Kelly is far from a typical human being. Her brother is a twelve hundred-year-old shifter and a virtual pup compared to others. Only in her thirties, Keira is a baby—though currently a self-imposed adult outcast—among her large, powerful family of necromancers, shifters, and others. Her one assignment is to watch over the nuisance of fully human cousin the family has dismissed into the mortician field.

Oh, the cleverness of him! Keira despises this little weasel and his constant need for money—or help out of another stupid self-created mess. The tale of the boy who cried wolf is most applicable where her cousin is concerned, and he might just find his ending to be as undesirable. With all the locals acting up about the new resort, its owner and its guests, it seems that Keira’s cousin has somehow found himself another pile of trouble.

A chance encounter with an old friend draws Keira further into the investigations of a mysterious string of animal mutilations. She discovers that there is much more than meets the eye when she steps foot into his domain, threat circling her like a vulture. An unseen noose is slipping tight; whose hand is controlling it?

Lima weaves a detailed and engrossing storyline around the more complex elements of a murder mystery plot. Stacked up against her utilization of an excellent array of characters and misdirection, the typical urban fantasy novel pales by comparison. An excellent read and great start for a very promising series!

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