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Greywalker, Book 6

Harper Blaine has died several times, each time gaining more power as a Greywalker. But her last death was harder to recover from; both for her body and her powers. Now she doesn't have as much control over the Grey and if she dies again, she won't be coming back. Back at work, she heads to the Olympic Peninsula on a pretrial investigation. While she is there, a man who died in a fiery car crash reaches out to her to solve his murder accusing an entire community of the crime. As she starts to look into his death, she realizes that no one has reported him missing, not even his daughters. It seems there is a lot of power here from the lake and there are more than a few people who want that power for themselves. Strange creatures roam the area and disturbing fluctuations in the power coming off the lake make investigating a challenge. But Harper is determined to find the answers and do her job as a Greywalker no matter what!

I must say I really enjoyed this installment of the Greywalker series! Harper is one of my favorite paranormal detectives. In my opinion, this series is one of the best examples of true urban fantasy. The real world intersects with the paranormal, intertwined with no clear delineation between the two. Harper is a tangibly real character. She dresses like a normal person, i.e. no black leather. She drives a truck and has a ferret for a pet, which I just love. She is not as powerful as she was in previous installments but she isn't letting that slow her down. I am a sucker for not so powerful people learning that they don't need enormous power to do what needs to be done. The area of the Olympia Peninsula was wonderfully at turns sinister and hauntingly beautiful. Everyone seemed to be a suspect, filled with secrets and the craving for power. That seemed to wear on Harper as she didn't really have anyone in her corner. Also, Quinton was acting strange when she left Seattle and that added to the uneasy feeling that permeated the book. The Asian mythology was a fabulous fresh touch to the genre and made me want to know more, which is a big gold star in my book. As this was the sixth book in the series, you definitely don't want to start with this one but if you like mysteries that really make you think, I highly recommend Kat Richardson's Greywalker series.

Book Blurb for Downpour

Harper Blaine is on the mend, but evil never rests-in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of Labyrinth.

After being shot in the back and dying-again- Greywalker Harper Blaine's only respite from the chaos is her work. But while conducting a pre-trial investigation in the Olympic Peninsula, she sees a ghostly car accident whose victim insists that he was murdered and that the nearby community of Sunset Lakes is to blame.

Harper soon learns that the icy waters of the lake hide a terrible power, and a host of hellish beings under the thrall of a sinister cabal that will use the darkest of arts to achieve their fiendish ends...

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2011 4.50