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Under Suspicion (Underworld Detection Agency)

Under Suspicion (Underworld Detection Agency) [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Jayne
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She's the new head of the Underworld Detection Agency's strangest division. What a nightmare. . .

Being a human immune to magic helped Sophie Lawson get promoted. It's also made her a major, very reluctant player in a game that stretches beyond even the Underworld. Having handsome buttoned-down Englishman Will as her new guardian is one tempting blessing, especially since sexy fallen angel Alex is mysteriously MIA lately. But as a frightening number of demons start disappearing around the city, Sophie suspects that an Armageddon-level prophecy is about to become everyone's nightmare. And her investigation is testing her bravery--and Will's unexpected vulnerability--in ways neither could predict. Now Sophie and Will are fast running out of time as an unstoppable evil prepares to lay waste to demons and humans alike. . .

Praise for Hannah Jayne's Under Attack

"This urban fantasy tale smartly balances riveting action with wonderful light touches...New readers and returning fans will find it entirely accessible and enjoyable." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758258941
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; Original edition (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YBRKM0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars underworld detection agency 27 Nov 2012
By Janice
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This was a great book and couldn't put it down and went straight into reading the second book in the series. Highly reccommend this series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Cool and Fun! 21 July 2014
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Really good I love this series it's so much fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars When Suspicion Runs High 1 May 2012
By Teri Hack - Published on
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Sophie Lawson has been having a hard time at her job in the Underworld, what with the Vampires taking over, her boss missing, and staff cuts but when her boss does not believe there is a hunt on paranormals Sophie takes care of her own. Being not quite human, and yet not quite paranormal has left her out of many social circles and has lost her Alex her past boyfriend. Alone and yet with her Guardian Will Sophie starts to take on the night and investigate what is going wrong in the Underworld while at the same time dodging bullets and saving her roommates.

Under Suspicion came off as a stronger read than the last UDA novel, I was glad to see Sophie take action and investigate her murdered clients while also take some romance under her belt. With Sophie attracted to both local Will and Alex who spends the novel off working, Sophie finally gets some action, while also coming to grips with the unavailability of Alex. Tired of being passed off at work, Sophie follows leads into the murders of citizens of the Underworld while also being hunted herself. Where the facts start to lead Sophie can turn dangerous to her health around every turn, and some great accompanying characters save or break her day.
Readers will delight in some of the antics of supporting characters in the series and see a few new ones, while the snarky commentary and bunny slippers will keep up from what was in the previous books. I find myself always questioning the covers of this series because while I love the cover art itself, I do not find any connection to Sophie herself through them but in Under Suspicion we learn from Sophie herself that this would be her ideal model of what she wants to look like in: "In my imagination I am Sophie Lawson, Badass Investigator, Paranormal Specialist. I wear black leather like a second skin; I wield a sexy jeweled sword; I have the kind of hair that files in gorgeous wisps over my naked, carved shoulders." (ARC pg 177) So with that in mind I can have compassion for the covers because really would we not many times imagine ourselves as this awesome heroine and look fabulous? when really reality is not as kind to oneself in skintight leather and well, swords are pretty pricey. So while I agree with Sophie, our imagined selves are quite full of badassery all too often. Sophie does follow her leads and take the reins in saving not only her Underworld, but also some of her friends. The ending was completely awesome and now I cannot wait to see what comes in the next installments of the Underworld Detective Agency Series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under Suspicion ~ Sofie is Back! 3 May 2012
By Liz Miller - Published on
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I was counting the days to this release. And I have to say, the wait was worth it. Jayne, once again, creates a wacky take on the underworld that is so original and hilarious it makes for a pee-your-pants read. I also read that there is going to be another book. I hope the series keep going. It has become my new Stephanie Plum! Great book and a Summer must read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 7 May 2012
By SciFiChick - Published on
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As the only human at the Underworld Detective Agency, Sophie Lawson has the unique gift of immunity to magic. After getting stood up by a client, Sophie suspects foul play when it seems the dragon left her home under duress. Then, when other demons are attacked, Sophie's suspicions are confirmed - if she could only convince anyone else. But when Sophie is attacked with a wooden stake, she realizes that time is running out to find a ruthless killer.

Sophie and her fabulously eccentric friends are all back for this latest adventure. Though, Alex mysteriously disappears for most of the action. Instead, the heat is evolving between Sophie and her guardian Will. Will seems to be more dependable and trustworthy, which is what Sophie needs. So I'm enjoying their relationship and its progression. Meanwhile, Sophie's vampire roommate has met a handsome writer and fallen head over heels. The only problem is that his books are all about how vampires and other legendary creatures are not real.

This third installment in the Underworld Detective Agency Chronicles is fast-paced and full of excitement and laughs. The mystery was a bit predictable, but was still suspenseful enough to be thoroughly enjoyable. These mysteries work well as standalone novels. Though it helps to have read previous installments just to get Sophie's history with the other characters, it's not a prerequisite to follow this story. Urban fantasy fans shouldn't miss this fun and captivating series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Urban Fantasy with a sense of humor 2 May 2012
By Nikki B - Published on
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A new position at the UDA ensures Sophie will have her hands full yet again. If she can keep it that is. The vampires are infiltrating every position at the UDA and Sophie fears her new job might not be hers for long. Especially if she keeps defying orders not to investigate the disappearances and attacks of her clients.

Along with her guardian Will, Sophie sets out to figure out who or what is attacking everyone around her and why vampires seem to be the only ones unaffected.

Sophie Lawson is back in this third installment of the Underworld Detection Agency series and she's got a new job as the head of the fallen angels division. As being the only person at the UDA who has dealt with not one but two fallen angels, the head of the UDA, Dixon has rethought his decision to fire her and has instead given her a promotion of sorts. Except right from the beginning Sophie can tell something is up. The vampires are taking over the UDA slowly but noticeably. Including Vlad who has now become Sophie's boss. Her favorite love-to-hate client Mrs Henderson had disappeared leaving her house in disarray and dragon blood all over the walls. A drowned Centaur is also found at the bottom of one of the piers. Dixon doesn't seem too enthused to go looking for the killer and refuses to connect the two together.

When a banshee client comes in claiming to have been attacked Sophie knows she can sit idly by no longer. She's on her own this time because Alex has left town and won't answer her calls. She becomes dependent upon her guardian, Will to be by her side. Poor Will, I feel kinda bad for him. Sophie is still hung up on Alex and Will is hung up on her. He is dependable though and takes his role of guardian seriously and tries his best to keep her safe. Doesn't mean she doesn't get beat to a pulp several times. I swear, you'd think by the third book the woman would either learn to use a gun or maybe take some fighting classes but she seems content to be a punching bag for every baddie wanting to take over the world.

Of course Nina is back with her hilarious one liners and continuous banter being lobbed between her and every single person she meets. Her dialogue definitely spices this one up. I love her protectiveness and human qualities. She has found her soul mate in a writer that is ironically out to disprove that vampires exist and who may also have a role in the string of supernatural killing plaguing the city. Sophie isn't sure what he is hiding but she's sure it's something. Then there is the fact none of the attacks have been on vampires. Could the vampire movement Vlad is a part of be behind everything and if so is Vlad secretly out to kill Sophie?

I found Under Suspicion to be aptly named since mostly everyone is a suspect in this one. With Alex mostly out of the picture till the most inopportune time Sophie and Will become closer and honestly I'm kind of rooting for them at this point. Pending Will doesn't turn out to be a psychopath of course. Alex is just so douchey. Leaving Sophie pretty much unprotected makes me think yet again that he might only be out for his greater good.

The continuation of the UDA story line is well wrote and while the fluffiness can get a bit old at times I like the direction and evolution the series is starting to take. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next after the cliff hanger ending that has now ensured I tune back in for the fourth book (publication unknown).

I give Under Suspicion by Hannah Jayne 3.50 stars!

Nikki @ Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Strong Heroine Found Here 19 May 2012
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on
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Under Suspicion (The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles) by Hannah Jayne

If anything proves the adage "don't judge a book by its cover" then this series and their covers does. These covers have absolutely NOTHING to do with the books themselves. The heroine is as far from being a kick-ass, leather wearing, weapon toting person, as I am to an Olympic luger.

I realize that not every author wants her/his heroine to be a kick-ass type, one who knows how to fight and has a fairly stiff back-bone. We as readers would be frustrated if we didn't have choices, so I can see why Ms Jayne may have wanted to stick with her totally inept heroine. I HAD hoped though, that Sophie would become less whiny AND stiffen her backbone in this the third installment of "The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles", but sadly if anything Sophie as even less heroine material and more `historical bodice ripper, damsel in distress' material.

With demons (this term is pretty much used to mean anyone of a paranormal bent) going missing, demons dying, and with only Sophie taking it seriously, and her crush on her Guardian Will taking up most of her time--the story reads more as a romance that a speculative fiction. Sophie is under attack since she is of course the only one taking this seriously. Her friends are treating her as if she was an inept (she is) idiot (she is not, not really) and I have to admit even I'm starting to think this of her.

Most of the novel is spent with anyone and everyone under suspicion of the crimes that Sophie has come upon. The rest of the book is about her pining for Alex, having salacious thoughts about Will, worrying about her `father', wondering if VERM is doing something suspicious (no! really?) and getting injured.

About the best thing I can say about this book, is the preview for the next book.
The author of this novel is trying too hard to make us laugh and it isn't working for many of us. At this point, all I feel is annoyance and pity for Sophie the main character and dislike for the fact that she lets everyone including her best friend walk all over her and treat her like a moron.

This series is NOT for anyone looking for something with a strong heroine.
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