A Mere Formality
Book InfoEBOOK, 348 pagesPublished July 3rd 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)(first published July 1st 2012)ISBN 1101587040 (ISBN13: 9781101587041)edition language English
series Alex Craft #3
characters Alex Craft, Falin Andrews, Death
setting Nekros City(United States)
other editions (16)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library
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When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen...
As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead--an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn't the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she's always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there's her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.
But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a string of suicides occur in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shades have no memory of the days leading up to their brutal endings, so despite the very public apparent suicides, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why do the shades lack the memory of their deaths? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won't have a life to remember at all...
Alex Craft was a nice find in 2010, cannot believe this book released almost 3 years ago and the next one is out this summer of 2015
One thing comes to mind when thinking about this particular book, it is very much action driven. At times it is non-stop and neither the reader or Alex have a chance to catch their collective breath, loved it that way as it gave me plenty to process when set the book aside and before starting back up made me that much more anticipatory of what trouble Alex would manage to land herself in next.
From almost dying multiple times throughout the book to finally getting the chance to take things to a more personal level with Death there is never a dull moment for Alex. To top it off the investigation she finds herself involved in becomes much more than just looking into suicides, it pits Alex against an evil entity the likes of which she has not yet encounters and one that not only puts her at risk but manages to threaten the well being of one of her best friends.
Than when things seem like they cannot get any worse they do, of all the outcomes that Alex had envisioned when she started her quest to solve what turns out to be multiple murders things did not go as planned to say the least.
From the action, to the suspense, to the romance and at the end the ultimate surprise cliffhanger ending this was a great addition to what is still one of my favorite series. One that I really need to follow up with when next book releases in late summer of 2015, things are totally whacked out weird more than normal for Alex and not in a good way either so book 4 should really be even more intense than the first three were!
My love for the series is as fresh now as years ago when discovered it and hope to get a chance to follow it for years to come.
[Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]