Author: Christine Amsden
Book: Cassie Scot ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scott #1)
Published: April 2013
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Cassandra Morgan Ursula Margaret Scot (call her Cassie) is the daughter of two powerful sorcerers and the oldest of seven children. You would think that would put her at the top of the world, except for one small problem. She is ungifted. She lives in two worlds: the world of magic and the mundane world of humanity. She belongs to neither. Trying to find a place for herself, she sets up shop as a private detective. While she steers clear of the paranormal, it isn’t easy having the family she does.
A mundane investigation turns paranormal when she finds a local sorceress dead at an herb witch’s shop. It looks like a vampire. The victim’s cousin is a childhood friend and a powerful sorcerer. His family and the Scots are rivals. He needs Cassie’s help to find the killer. He’s also handsome, with such kissable lips. Cassie must navigate family problems, inter-family feuds, and vampires, while protecting those closest to her and staying alive.
Paranormal Mysteries are a staple of urban fantasy. Christine Amsden has created an interesting twist. People with no magic surviving in a world of magic is not new. However, someone who on paper should have powerful magic, surviving only on her knowledge of how it works, is interesting. Cassie is instantly sympathetic. The oldest of two powerful magic users, she feels that she can’t live up to their expectations. Add in sibling issues, boyfriend issues, girlfriend issues, job issues, vampire issues, and that fact she is determined to stand on her own in both worlds leaves the reader admiring her spunk. The author tells the story from the first person and does delve into backstory in a way the slows the forward action of the novel. However, the action keeps pulling the reader back in.