Vale Investigation #2
Characters: Bellamy Vale, Zianyon, Candice Kennedy, Melanie Ramirez
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery Detective, Series
There’s “hard to kill”—and then there’s Bellamy Vale.
After narrowly preventing the destruction of Cold City, PI Bellamy Vale needs a rest. Or rather, he needs a plain and simple vanilla case—no monsters or otherworldly creatures involved!
When foreign businessman Eli Smith shows up at his doorstep with a thick wallet and a request to find his missing sister, Vale doesn’t think twice before agreeing.
If he’d known body-hopping demons and smoke monsters came attached to this job, however, he might have.
I loved the first book in this series, and the second didn’t disappoint. I hope Bell continues to have more cases and adventures. There is a strong hint at the end of the story that will be more. After all, he is owed a favour…As with the first book, this story starts in the middle of action and hooked me in immediately. As a side note, I love the gadgets—a compass turned to ectoplasmic resonance is very cool. The world building is fabulous and the love the details. Cold City feels very real, as does the supernatural elements of the setting.
The plot kept me turning pages, and I thought the bad guy’s plan was very original. I loved how the author used the legends of the jinn in this story—again this was nicely original from a lot of storylines I’ve read in urban fantasies. I also like although Bell has access to a few tricks of his own, courtesy of his employer Lady McDeath, using them carries a toll and he has to recover. Eli was an interesting character, and I thought it was realistic that he/she really does not get modern slang.
I love Zian. He’s a wonderful character, and I liked the insight that was given into his background and life in this story. Very bittersweet, and his father is an arsehole. I was surprised to learn his age as he comes across as much younger, but then given what he is, that’s understandable too. I thought that it was very apt that he uses Greek death rites for the victims, and that he uses a mix of tech and magic.
The side characters are great too and come alive on the page. I particularly love Tommy who owns the diner that Bell and his friends frequent. Mel and Kennedy are both strong females who are very capable and intelligent and kick arse/hold their own in a fight. I felt for Bell that he can’t explain to Mel what’s really going on and the cost of that in their relationship.
I’d recommend Evil Embers to readers who enjoy urban fantasy with interesting characters, detailed world building, and a story that keeps you turning pages. 5 out of 5 stars.