From the beginning of Figg’s employment, there is somethingnot quite right about the bar. There are few customers, a parade ofneighborhood psychics and pentacle adorned visitors, all coming to hold courtwith her enigmatic boss. Figg is not sure what is going on, but she isdetermined to find out!
Whenthe local voodoo queen shows up, and the next morning her grandson ends up deadoutside the bar things get interesting.
Figgpesters Lian into telling her the truth about his former life, and is thrustinto a world where the things that go bump in the night are real. There’s amurder to solve, zombies to lay to rest and a villain that neither of them sawcoming.
This is the first story in an urban fantasy series.
The story opens with Figg pulling up to the bar and she seesher boss cleaning yet more sigils from the pavement outside. Her boss, Dr Lian Cairn, doesn’t dress oract like a bar owner. There are nocustomers frequent the bar … apart from the local psychics/spiritual community.
When the local Mamba arrives (Rene), she leaves hergrandson, Pierre to watch the bar. Figggrew up with the grandsons, going to school with them. She knows the reputation of Rene Chamtillion.Still there the next day, Figg and Lian check to find that Pierre is dead.
They are both invited to Pierre’s funeral and what followsis plenty of action after Rene asks for their help.
The two leads are intriguing. Figg has a fabulous personality – she is sassy and courageous …and she has a well-stocked wardrobe of high-heel shoes! I loved her dry sense of humour. There is a whole lot more to who she is andher background that only get hinted at in this book. I really want to find out why she isn’t in Florida with herfamily and how did she get to be so resourceful? Dr Liam Cairn is nerve tingling sexy and is emotionallyunavailable. The inference for me isthat this is because of his mother – we only get to know she is a diplomat –but there is something else underlying his relationship with her. She definitely used to have some type ofhold over him. We find out Liam hasbeen in rehab but we don’t know exactly why. An Irish anthropologist, Liam is well-respected in the magicalcommunity. I really enjoyed Figg andLian’s relationship.
There are some brilliant characters on the peripherytoo. The police investigator and thepossessed necromancer left impressions on me.
I must admit to getting confused at times as the chaptersalternate between Figg’s perspective and then Lian’s. This may have been because I preferred the chapters from Figg’spoint of view – they had more life … more character. I felt I found out much more about Lian in Figg’s chapters andfelt that first person perspective from Figg would have worked really wellthroughout the book.
Voodoo Dues is well written. The flow of writing carries you along andthere’s no time for boredom. Not onlyare we getting to know the characters but of course there is the zombie action.
I enjoyed this story and am intrigued enough to want to readthe next story, Vampire Blues.
If you like this genre I would recommend you pick up acopy. At the time of writing my review,Amazon are selling Voodoo Dues for £0.86. Bargain for a few hours of escape into intrigue, romance,community and the paranormal!
I am giving Voodoo Dues the following rating:
I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy toreview.
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