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Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Beth Slater
Pocket Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781439154281
Date: 30 June 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Persephone (Seph) Alcamedi is a Tarot card reading witch who kennels werewolves on the side for extra money--and for their safe-keeping. Witches aren't supposed to mix with werewolves, but she doesn't let that stop her--and she never really has let society's mores set the rules. But now her grandmother is moving into her house, and when she gets home she finds a new Great Dane puppy added into the mix! When a good friend is killed, life seems turned upside down--until she's asked to track down the killer--and assassinate him! Rede??? What Rede? Who needs good Karma anyways?

Writing her syndicated newspaper column helps Seph with feeling like what she's doing is making a difference, along with helping people keep safe during the full moon as well as being law-abiding, but there are times when nothing seems like enough. Finding out about her friend Lorrie's murder was one of those times. Seph had helped Lorrie earlier with an abusive ex-boyfriend, so finding out that Lorrie was dead leaving her young daughter behind as an orphan was a blow. Being asked to find and destroy the killer by the coven's high witch was preposterous--every witch knew that for whatever magic one used that it came back at thee times three! But when she thought of Lorrie's daughter, she could not say no. Here she brings in backup with resources from her past--but this, once again, backfires and sends another close friend straight to the ICU in the local hospital. Asking questions about well-known vampire assassins--BAD.

Calling on more werewolf friends, they rescue their other were friend from the hospital before she is sent somewhere else to die and are able to find a veterinarian to look after her normally fatal wounds. Meanwhile Seph is able to pursue the leads that she is able to find through the attack and the information retrieved prior to the attack to track down more and more clues to find out who was behind the evil. Needless to say she is less than surprised to find it on her doorstep shortly thereafter.

Another new entry into the urban fantasy genre--with an interesting twist to it. Strong women and men interacting to form teams, of sorts. At first glance it is difficult to know who is on which side once you know the argument, so you'd better watch carefully for clues. The back flap wasn't all that interesting, but it did get my attention enough for me to want to check it out. It will be interesting to see where the next book takes it.

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