HEARTS IN DARKNESS has an promising premise, but soon falls victim to an overcrowded plot line. So much happens at one time, the novel often loses focus. While the paranormal elements was unique, the combination of witchcraft, vampires, and other magical lore was too much of an overload.

P.I. Nikki James and her vampire lover, Michael Kelly, are investigating the mysterious disappearances of several wealthy, newly married men.

Together, Nikki and Michael must battle the forces of a supernatural madman, stop the kidnappings, rescue a missing teenager, and fight their own confusing emotions, all without losing their lives.

Ms. Arthur creates interesting characters, but their development happens in previous books, making it difficult to recommend this installment as a stand-alone read. (March, 235 pp., $13.00)

Reviewed by: 
Gina Bernal