This latest entry in the Black London series gives readers a still-snarky heroine in Pete Caldecott — but with a new baby waiting for her at home, she has to struggle with more than just the battle of good vs. evil. While Soul Trade explores the deeper issue of fighting one’s mental demons, it is still exciting and filled with action, leading to a thrilling climax involving the Prince of Hell that will leave readers desperate to know more.
Pete Caldecott is a new mom, but that doesn’t mean the Black — a dark parallel realm in London — will stay quiet long enough for her to feel at peace. While dealing with an exorcism, she receives an odd invitation from The Prometheus Club. Boyfriend and partner Jack is against working with them, but Pete decides to play nice, which draws her and Jack into a twisted scheme for power. But it doesn’t end there: A painful old case concerning children Pete couldn’t save, figures from Jack’s haunted past and a lady named Morwenna, who is willing to bargain everything, are all mixed up in a story about not only light vs. dark, but all the gray in between. (ST. MARTIN’S, Sep., 304 pp., $7.99)