"Spirit Dances" book 6 in the Walker Papers series by C.E. Murphy is a mystical adventure that delves into the caverns of Joanna "Siobhan Walkingstick" walker's shamanistic heritage.
I just love the entire premise of this series and "Spirit Dances" is the awesome addition to the series. The book does an outstanding job of displaying just how far Joanne Walker has journeyed in her quest to embracing her true heritage and the sacrifices she is willing to make in order to balance her calling with her profession.
As with the other installments of the series, Jo and Billy are again confronted with a series of mysterious disappearances and deaths. Unlike previous cases this one may prove to be more than either of them bargained for. There is one thing that is certain about the series; Ms. Murphy always delivers an exceptionally cunning and malevolent adversary. The grizzly trail of broken bodies across Seattle and an untimely lapse in judgment set the tone for this excitingly shocking installment of the series.
Similar to other books in the series, Spirit Dances makes a point of emphasizing the metaphysical aspects of Jo's shamanistic nature. Her interaction with her spirit animals is one of the aspects that I find most enjoyable. The natural progression of the series is successfully cultivated as Ms. Murphy's character development stretches new boundaries. Many of the mystic occurrences from previous installments have clearly allowed Joanne, Billy and Morrison to grow in their acceptance of things that they are unable to control or in some cases understand; all of which plays a huge part in the series progression and this book's appeal.
In respects to the romantic elements of the book and series, there is attraction and maybe even longing, but rules must be followed .I really appreciate that the mutual attraction that Joanne and Morrison have for each other is not the driving force of the story-line. But those little glimpses of mutual awareness between them are definitely edgy and full of anticipation.
I really enjoyed "Spirit Dances" and I highly recommend it.
For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She's mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she's facing the biggest challenge of her career—attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance—billed as transformative—actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.
And there's more. Homeless people are disappearing, a mystical murder puts Joanne way out of her jurisdiction and with the full moon coming on, it's looking like the killer is a creature that can't possibly exist.
But Jo could probably handle all of that, if one ordinary homicide hadn't pushed her to the very edge….