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on 8 December 2012
Ok I am on a roll here this first tale along with Sleight of Hand have become my most pleasant Kindle purchases in the last month.

The story line commands some thought and an open mind. There is a lovely touch of humour as one gets a developing work ethic amongst new colleagues.

The two sides of life are well exposed, the ones who think they are something special that they think they can rule the world and the other who rebel against this elitism but have to come together to protect themselves from other influences.

The good, the bad and the evil ones all come together in a “Paranormal” CSI/PI outfit. Patricia Cornwell on the other side - better than that but and independent company trying to prove themselves whilst learning that CSI and the Others can work for the good of them all.
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on 25 May 2013
Absolutely loved this - thoroughly enjoyable (and have quickly devoured the next two and am eagerly awaiting the 4th in this series). I found this to be fun - a normal straight-forward heroine with no angst and emotional baggage issues - and who is not a rude loud-mouthed bitch. In addition, for once she doesn't have "extraordinary" powers that means she and only she can save the world. She works as part of a team and the interactions between all of them are excellent. The characters are fun and believable. I could easily visualise them and the situations and quickly fell into the story. Her love relationships are an intrinsic part of the story and are well-done. They take more a back-seat rather than dominating the story, leaving you wanting more but that is all part of the build-up and the story.
While reading this and the next two in the series I found myself going around with a silly grin on my face and a "feel-good" feeling.
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Bonnie has recently graduated from college and has started working for the newly formed organisation Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations (known as PUPI for short). PUPI is the first organisation of it's kind, started to investigate crimes within the magical community. Magic has never been used for forensic investigations before so Bonnie and her colleagues are going to have to learn on the job and make things up as they go along.

Their first job is to investigate the deaths of an elderly couple who both the police and the Council (leaders within the magical community) believe committed suicide. Their daughter is convinced there is no motive for suicide and hires PUPI hoping to find out what really happened to them. The team are going to have to work hard to prove themselves, especially when the magical community are just waiting to see them fail & someone seems determined to make sure that is exactly what happens.

Hard Magic is an enjoyable read and completely different to anything I've read before which I found refreshing. I thought that there would be more action than there was but this didn't stop me enjoying the story. The world Laura Anne Gilman has created is so interesting and populated with such a great selection of characters that I was drawn in completely. Every member of the team has different strenghts and weaknesses and an essential part to play in the investigations.

This book is set in the same world as Laura's Retrievers series - where Bonnie made her first appearance as a minor character - but you don't need to have read this series to enjoy Hard Magic. In fact this is the first book I have read by this author but I'll definitely be checking out the Retrievers books. Overall this was a great start to a new series and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to the PUPI team in future books.
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on 19 July 2015
A thoroughly great read, an excellent storyline that has no trouble keeping you hooked.
I love the way the team come together, individually picked for their talents.
As their investigation progresses and they face attacks the strength and camaraderie of the group develops.
Theres plenty of amusing banter and an interesting possible attraction to the 'boss man' ? There's certainly a connection that appears to go back years so I'm intrigued to find out what the story is there !
The rest of this series is my new addition to my tbr list .
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on 21 July 2013
This as a parallel series to her Wren Retriever books, set in the same world. However I prefer this series to the Retriever books. There are more characters and so far more interest in being detectives. An interesting concept.
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