This is the third book in Bledsoe’s Eddie LaCrosse series and fans of previous books will most likely enjoy this one, while other readers may have trouble swallowing a sword-and-sorcery fantasy combined with a hardboiled detective novel. Eddie is an engaging and likable protagonist, however the Arthurian legend-inspired plot feels tired and overdone.

Eddie LaCrosse is a sword jockey who’ll take any case for 25 gold pieces a day, plus expenses — and he means any case. Eddie’s hanging around his local tavern when he receives an unexpected delivery: a coffin. And what’s in that coffin is a reminder of an unpleasant incident from Eddie’s past, and the death of a grand dream. The island kingdom of Grand Bruan is ruled by King Marcus Drake and his beautiful wife, Queen Jennifer. A vision of peace and justice in a chaotic world, both are shattered when a knight falls dead at an official ceremony and Queen Jennifer is accused of murder and adultery. It falls to Eddie to get to the bottom of the matter — all while being suspected of the murder himself! (TOR, Apr., 352 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs