The economic downturn is hitting even the supernatural, including the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, and it’s twice the paperwork for psychometrist Simon Canderous and his ex-cultist girlfriend Jane. Even in the worst of times Strout’s Simon has an offbeat sense of humor that gives the craziness erupting around him added zest. Strout has created a memorable cast of characters whose exploits mean hours of fun and adventure!

Simon and Jane are already working overtime when they are brought in to investigate the suspicious death of film professor Mason Redfield, who also happens to be an ex-member of the Fraternal Order of Goodness. It appears Mason drowned from within. Their prime suspect is a mysterious green woman who attacks with water. During their second encounter with the green woman, Jane is injured and marked with a strange Greek symbol. As Simon and Jane dig deeper, they realize that there was more to Mason than meets the eye, and that his love of horror films may lead to a literal translation! (ACE, Mar., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith