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The Cold Kiss of Death (Spellcrackers) [Hardcover]

Suzanne McLeod
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16 July 2009 Spellcrackers

All Genny wants is to live the quiet life and to do her job at, but there's her tangled personal life to sort out first. She's being haunted by ghosts who want her help. Her witch neighbours want her evicted. Genny's sort-of-Ex - and now her new boss - can't decide whether he wants their relationship to be business or pleasure. And then there's the queue of vampires all wanting her to paint the town red - how long will it be before they stop taking no for an answer?

But when one of her human friends is murdered by sidhe magic, Genny is determined to find the killer. She needs help to find the real murderer, and that means calling on some of the most capricious and seductive fae - but her search is hindered by the vampires, who have their own political agenda. All the evidence points to Genny - she's the only sidhe fae in London - and she's named the main suspect; it's not long before she's on the run, not just from the police, but from some of London's most powerful supernaturals.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575084251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575084254
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genny just wants a quiet life, but when a human friend is murdered, she's the only fae in London -- and the prime suspect!

About the Author

Suzanne McLeod has been a cocktail waitress, dance group promoter and barmaid at Coventry City Football Club (the last despite having no love for the beautiful game; she had to pay the rent somehow). After years in retail management, she started writing. THE SWEET SCENT OF BLOOD, the first of the SPELLCRACKERS.COM series, was her first novel. She lives with her husband and rescue dogs in Bournemouth.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a stunning read 25 Sep 2009
I enjoyed book one of the series - Cold Kiss of Death, book two is even more enjoyable.

It races along at a spellcracking speed with so many twists and turns that there is no chance to out-guess the ending before you get to it.

I love the characters, especially the Kelpie and the vampire, Malik (it really is not good to fall for a vampire, but he is rather gorgeous....)
So refreshing to read something different about vampires and magic - while all the "obligatory" elements are also cleverly woven into the story.

As an author myself I know just how hard it is to bring reality into a story - "the art of writing is creating the believable from the imaginary" - and believe me Ms McLeod has the Craft of Writing at 100% diamond level!

I have one protest.
Waiting for book three is going to be hard!
(Note: the author is known to me: however, this is a genuine personal review of a book I enjoyed reading)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking series - just getting better 28 Aug 2009
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I enjoyed CKoD more than the SSoB, mainly because I felt I understood who the characters were and the world they inhabited. It felt as though a lot of the ground breaking had been done and the story could now move on and tell itself without the need for copious explanatations. The characters are interesting because they are all flawed, even our heroine Sidhe fae Genny. The series is clearly onion-like as layers are peeled away and you learn more about Genny and her family's past life. London is again realised superbly in an urban fantasy background, this time the Embankment gets the treatment.
Looking forward to No. 3 - only downside is that Spellcrackers agency doesn't really play a part.
I'd compare it to Richelle Mead's Storm Born/Thorn Queen series if anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars London Fae 31 Aug 2012
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The Cold Kiss of Death is the second book in the fabulous Spellcrackers urban fantasy series by Suzanne McLeod. This review will contain spoilers for the first book, The Sweet Scent of Blood, and really they do need to be read in order!

Sidhe Genny would love to be left to live her life in peace. But now both the vampires and the lesser fae of London know who she is, they just won't leave her alone and her witch neighbours would like to see her evicted. To make things worse, her local baker is murdered; killed by sidhe magic. And the only sidhe in town is her...

This world just keeps getting better, expanding on existing characters and introducing some great new ones. I just love that there's a kelpie living in the River Thames! The river and its banks become entwined with the story, the setting becoming a crucial part. I always enjoy settings that I know well too (yes, I seem to spend a lot of time lurking round the river when I'm in London). Genny even pops down to the Clink Museum at one point, filled with ghosts of course.

We get to learn a lot more about the curse that binds the lesser fae in London and out of the Fair Lands, as well as Genny's family secrets. There are naiads and dryads to be added to the mix, and Grainne who appears to Genny as a large, silver hound. We are introduced to the moths, venom junkies who risk everything in the seediest parts of Sucker Town (a.k.a. Greenwich) for a hit to the carotid.

Then there's Genny vampire alter ego, Rosa, who plays an important part to the plot. Malik is absent at the start and Genny is convinced it's because of her connection to Rosa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Fantasy at its best 26 July 2012
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This is the second time that I have read this book. I am re-reading the three books in the series in preparation for the fourth one The Shifting Price Of Prey being released soon. This is not a book that can be read on its own you really do need to read the first book The Sweet Scent Of Blood before reading this one. I adore this series it is set in London and features 24 year old Genny who was born to a sidhe fae mother and vampire father. Genny works for where she cracks spells; she also has the virus 3V which means she is basically a vampire junkie. She craves being bitten by a vamp and if she doesn't get bitten she can die as her body produces too much blood. So in order to overcome this she takes G-zav which is sort of like methadone and it stops her cravings. Being sidhe Genny's blood is coveted by vampires. Not only is it tasty to them but many believe it is powerful and will give the vamp drinking it extra powers. So for these reasons Genny keeps herself to herself and tries to keep away from the vamps and stays under the protection of the witches. However in book 1 Genny killed the uber master vampire known as the Earl and now all the vampires in London are courting her in the hopes that she will become their blood pet. But Genny also met Malik Al Khan the handsome master vampire who has wanted Genny since he first tasted her blood when she was four and now Genny is starting to think she may turn to him for safety.

This book deals with Genny's vampire problems and more. We discover more about the fae and their relationship with Genny. Ms McLeod introduces us to lots more fae. Their descriptions are just fantastic. We have tree fae and fish fae and then there is a great new character called Travis who is a kelpie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The cold kiss of death
Another spellcrackers. Com this book was a great read, just as good as the bitter seed of magic. I must have more.
Published on 15 May 2012 by Skatgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect the unexpected
Fun, fast moving and addictive. Suspend your disbelief and just go with it. You definately have to read this series in order or you would get lost in the details. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by cj
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and entertaining.
Having read book one and worked out who's who book two seems easier to understand ( loved book one tho - don't misunderstand me its just that there are so many different characters... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Jeannie Zelos
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent second book
Second in the series and almost as good as the first. I very much enjoyed this book and the only reason it lost a star is I didn't quite like the ending. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by S. Mckirdy
3.0 out of 5 stars the cold kiss of death
Hi I purchased this book after reading the reviews online. It has a new twist on the usual storylines but unfortuantely didnt pay off
Published on 22 Feb 2010 by JJP
5.0 out of 5 stars good vamp book
really good sequel to the first book...bit cinfusing if you havent read the first one (the sweet scent of blood)

a bit raunchy not one for the under 16's!!
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by A. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Another vamp romance
There are a lot of these being published nowadays, ranging from trite to very readable, and this author falls in the latter group, partly because the series is set in England... Read more
Published on 22 July 2009 by A. G. L. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid second
As a fan of Suzanne's original release (The Sweet Scent of Death) we couldn't wait to get our hands on this second offering, even going so far as ripping the envelope open with... Read more
Published on 12 July 2009 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
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