This is a fast paced read that doesn't flag and holds your interest right through to the tight finale. It's set in normal modern-day Memphis, but this one hosts wraiths, ghosts, demons, witches, clairvoyants and mages - as well as a lot of humans who know nothing about the spooks, or maybe know something but are keeping quiet.
Our heroine is an ex-cop, and daughter of a cop, who drinks to silence the voices of the ghosts whose voices she can't shut out. The drinking, and her inability to come up with a rational explanation for why she drinks, has broken up her marriage (to a cop), and she now works as an investigator in partnership with an ex-cop (this one drummed out for shooting an innocent bystander). So this is very police focussed!
As well as an investigation into the apparently unconnected disappearance of three girls, and the gruesome and bizarre murder of our heroine's former boss (another policeman) this is also about two people whose marriage has failed but who still fancy the hell out of each other (as the blurb on the back says, they are lured "back into the thrall of their steamy past..."). So this is a sexy book, with some pretty explicit scenes of straight, hetero, consensual sex - so if that sort of thing bothers you, this isn't the book for you. The sex isn't gratuitous, and fits the plot line.
This heroine doesn't blindly and (as is far too common in this genre) stupidly plough into the unknown, she doesn't rail against the fates about how unfair life is, and if the men in her life seem to accept the presence (and evidence) of spooky goings on with a touch too much ease, then that's the only slight weakness. There are clear openings for more books, and I'll keep my eye open.