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Matters of the Blood by Maria Lima
Review by Gayle Surrette
Juno Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780809573035
Date: 29 September 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[NOTE: This review originally appeared in our July 2007 issue.]

Keira Kelly stayed in Rio Seco, a small town in the Texas Hill Country, when her family uprooted themselves and moved north. To stay, she had to agree to two conditions: 1) keep an eye on her cousin Marty, town mortician and family flake, and 2) notify the family when she started the change. (Did I forget to mention that Keira's family isn't quite human?) Well, she'd managed to keep Marty solvent and mostly out of trouble but she wasn't about to tell the family about her horrific nightmares and flashes of weirdness. But then that didn't factor in Marty waking her at dawn demanding she come talk with him, refusing to talk on the phone or give details. Who could blame Keira for taking her time and finding him gone when she got there? Well, guilt doesn't play fair and Keira's steeped in it when Marty turns up dead on his own embalming table drained of blood.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Keira Kelly, half-breed descendant of a powerful paranormal family has chosen to live apart from her clan and among humans in the Texas Hill Country. When she experiences a prophetic vision that foretells the vicious murder of her human cousin, Marty Nelson, she vows to determine the truth. Keira begins to uncover long-concealed secrets and risks alienating everyone she knows, from her former lover, Sheriff Carlton Larson, to the enigmatic Adam Walker, once a friendly acquaintance and now much more!

(Source: Juno Books)

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