Laurell K. Hamilton returns to the visceral world of fey people in A CARESS OF TWILIGHT (4.5). Co-heir to the Unseelie Crown (queen if she bears a child), Meredith Gentry spends her days as a paranormal PI in Los Angeles. Her latest PI case involves an exiled goddess whose secret the Seelie King would kill to hide. In this alternate world where Thomas Jefferson once gave the European fey sanctuary in the United States, a series of mass murders baffles the police. If the police can prove the fey ghosts are involved, the covenant with Jefferson will be broken. Move over Anita Blake, there's another feisty heroine in town. Ms. Hamilton creates a fantastic, glittering world with complex characters that revel in their non-humanity. Intricate relationships highlight the otherworldly ambience and raise the heat index to high! (Apr., 336 pp., $23.95)

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Kelly Rae Cooper