Image of Box Office Poison (Linnet Ellery)


Image of Box Office Poison (Linnet Ellery)

The feisty and indomitable Linnet Ellery is back, and her second outing is a well-plotted, continuously intriguing story that delivers on every level. Bornikova excels at blending the paranormal elements of her stories with the mundane realities of daily life and workplace politics, making a world that’s instantly recognizable and delightfully dark and complex. The chemistry between her main characters and the continued hints about Linnet’s secrets heighten the anticipation for the evolution of this series even before the final page.

When the stunningly beautiful elves known as the Alfar begin landing all the best parts in Hollywood, human actors have no choice but to sue, forcing the president of the Screen Actors Guild to call the two sides into arbitration and hiring Linnet’s firm to preside over the proceedings. Though Linnet does enjoy some of the glitz of Tinseltown, she also can’t help but notice that there is far more going on behind the scenes: The Alfar are being manipulated into committing heinous crimes by someone out to ruin the fragile peace between humans and supernatural powers — unless Linnet can do something to stop them. (TOR, Aug., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown