Review: Spirit Dances by C.E. Murphy

Spirit Dances

by C.E.Murphy

6th book in the Walker Papers Series

Release Date 29th March 2011

ONE DATE WITH THE BOSS CAN GET COYOTE UGLY.

For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She’s mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she’s facing the biggest challenge of her career – attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance – billed as transformative – actually changes her into a COYOTE, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.

And there’s more. Homeless people are disappearing, a mystical murder puts Joanne way out of her jurisdiction and with the full moon coming on, it’s looking like the killer is a creature that can’t possibly exist.

But Jo could probably handle all that, if one ordinary homicide hadn’t pushed her to the VERY EDGE…

COP OR SHAMAN? THE CHOICE ISN’T EASY. BUT IT’S ONE SHE JUST MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE…

Having only recently discovered this author via her book/novel Truth seeker, I jumped at the chance to review this book.  Also having read none of the previous books in this series, I was interested to see if this book could be a standalone read.

Whilst it would have been better to have read the previous books to get a handle on the time line and back story after the first two to three chapters I found it easy to slip into the world this author has created.

The balance between the characters was just right. Joanne Walker comes across as a believable and like-able character.  Some one that if you met them in real life that you wouldn’t be overawed by them.  This book is a credit to the author who creates such wonderful and well rounded characters that are also believable.  Ms Murphy handles the paranormal elements in a matter of fact way that neither overwhelms the story line nor detracts the reader off onto tangents.

I will be making sure I catch up on the previous books in this series to fill in the blanks and look forward to the book Raven Calls.

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