The Bewilderment (Hippsync Archives #3)
by DC Farmer
Review by Gayle Surrette
Wyrmwood Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780993273414
Date: 17 July 2016 List Price $12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
I'm one of those people who will pick up a book, read the book description and, if it seems intriguing enough, take the next step to read the book. If you'll look at the Official Info section you might just understand why I chose to read, DC Farmer's The Bewilderment. I didn't realize it was the 3rd book in the Hipposync Archivess series until I started to read it. However, don't let that put you off because you don't really need to know anything about the past books to enjoy this one.
Roberta "Bobby" Miracle has had a hard time landing an internship, but has finally got one at Hipposync Enterprises. They deal with rare books -- buying and selling -- and they don't have a bookstore. Hipposync deals with an exclusive clientele so Bobby landed the job in spite of her business Goth attire. There's another intern, Pippa Elmsworthy. It's expected that one of them will be kept on at the end of their internships and Bobby believes that it is likely that Pippa will be kept on, because she's everything Bobby isn't -- fashionable, outgoing, and basically normal.
Meanwhile, police throughout the UK have been been dealing with some very weird crimes. These crimes don't seem to be murder, but they certainly aren't or rather don't look like natural causes, even though that is what's being put on the death certificates. Unknown to Bobby, her bosses, Danmor and Porter, are also investigating these deaths.
In another city, New Thameswick, which seems not to be a part of Bobby's London or even the UK, Asher Lodge is investigating deaths among the Bewildered. Bewildered are humans that have somehow crossed into the fae world and yet can't see it clearly, so they wander about causing havoc and upsetting the population who can see them.
All these threads eventually get tangled when suddenly, without warning, Hipposync Enterprises is put under a trans-dimensional lockdown. Everyone is frozen and Bobby, who missed the actual lockdown, having just stepped out of the building, but catching the door before it closed, and forcing her way back in, is the only person unaffected. She'd determined to find out what happened and unfreeze them.
The reader gets to learn everything as Bobby does, and her reactions are pretty much what you'd expect any modern professional and logical woman would have. We also see things on the New Thameswick side from Asher Lodge's point of view. Between the two of them they have to figure out what happened and how to solve the problem. The bigger problem is Bobby is human and should not know or be informed of any of these problems, and Asher is quite a stickler for the rules.
There's drama, comedy, witty dialogue, danger, demons, fanatics, ghosts, and writing that draws you in and doesn't let you go. I'll definitely look forward to the next book in this series.