Street Magic

The first novel in a sensational new series!

Pete Caldecott is an Inspector with Scotland Yard investigating the disappearance of a young girl. Her partner gets a lead on a tip, the informant wanting to meet face to face at a dodgy hotel. She knocks on the door of the room, walks in and comes face to face with a ghost that has been haunting her for twelve years. Jack Winter was larger than life back then but now he is a shade of his former self from heroin. He is less than thrilled to be seeing her again but he wants the girl to be found. Pete was sure he had died that long ago day when he had her help him summon a spirit and things went horribly wrong. Pete recovers the girl but she is an empty husk, drained of her spirit by inhabitants of the world that Jack knows so well. When two more children disappear, Pete seeks Jack out to help her find them and while she is at it find out why he is so put out with her.
 
I highly enjoyed this book. I was quite happily drifting along as the story unfolded; as this Black London slowly revealed some of its secrets. Then about the halfway mark the explosion happened. I was already intrigued by Jack but after the explosion I was more than a little in love with him. I had already pictured him as Billy Idol as he was in the Wedding Singer. Then another character called him an Idol wannabe and I laughed. The characters gelled for me and I couldn’t wait to see where the story was going to go. Ms. Kittredge has penned an intricate, fascinating read. She also did her homework on how London smells, how her people talk. She has seamlessly blended the ancient and the modern, the things that go bump in the night with a horrible addiction. I was very pleased that Jack didn’t spill why he was so mad at Pete right away. There were no easy solutions to the very real obstacles facing Jack and Pete; between themselves and with Black London. This book cements Ms. Kittredge on my list of must buys! I will be waiting anxiously for Demon Bound coming in December.

Book Blurb for Street Magic

The first novel in a sensational new series!

STREET MAGIC

Her name is Pete Caldecott. She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Pete’s eyes—or so she thought. Now a detective[MSOffice2] , Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipster’s chilling prediction has led police directly to the child…but when Pete meets the informant, she’s shocked to learn he is none other than Jack. Strung out on heroin, Jack a shadow of his former self. But he’s able to tell Pete exactly where Bridget’s kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fey. Even though she’s spent years disavowing the supernatural, Pete follows Jack into the invisible fey underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridget—and what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago…


Night Owl Reviews May, 2009 5.00