Vale Investigation #3
Characters: Bellamy Vale, Zian, Candice Kennedy, Yukina
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series
He can’t be killed. But that protection doesn’t extend to his friends…
PI Bellamy Vale may have sold his soul to Hell, but his heart’s in the right place. So when a friend reaches out for help to find his missing niece, he readily agrees. But the straightforward case takes a dark turn when he discovers deadly ancient rituals and a mysterious vigilante prowling Little Japan.
Pushing hard to uncover the truth, Vale gets trapped by a supernaturally connected crime boss and faces a choice: steal a powerful rare artifact or say goodbye to his buddy. To disobey will end someone’s life, but giving in could summon an underworld force that not even Lady McDeath’s mighty powers can defeat…
Will Vale put his immortal status on the line and save the world from a fate worse than death?
Avenging Spirit is the third book in the hard-boiled Vale Investigation urban fantasy series. If you like smart-mouthed detectives, Japanese lore, and page-turning action, then you’ll love Cristelle Comby’s noir adventure.
As with other stories in this series, this one opens with Bellamy Vale in trouble, and throws him and the readers right into the action.
I love this series and its characters, and it’s on my list of would like in hardcopy. Vale narrates in first person and I love his tone and the feel it gives the story. Although he’s the main character, this is very much an ensemble story with Zian and Kennedy in the thick of the action and helping Vale and Yukina defeat the big bad. The scene with Kennedy and her niece was fun. The little girl is definitely already a chip off her aunt’s block. Zian’s one of my favourite characters. I love his geekiness and his trying to stay under his father’s radar, yet Hermes always finding out and having one of those conversations with Vale.
The world building is fabulous. I love the premise of Vale’s inability to die, but that doesn’t mean his injuries don’t hurt—a lot! I liked the introduction of Yukina in this story, and I hope we see her again. I also liked how the author weaved Japanese mythology into the storyline. The premise of the ghost brides was chilling.
The action scenes are edge-of-seat and had me turning pages. I always read these books quickly and over a couple of late nights as I can’t put them down. I also like how there are consequences for what happens and that Vale doesn’t come out this one unscathed, and how the ending sets up for another adventure. Can’t wait.
5 out of 5 stars.