TRICKS OF THE TRADE
The third book in the PSI series has a number of interesting moments, but it doesn’t ever cohere into a complete narrative. The multiple plots compete with each other instead of working together, which is a shame, as this is a promising series with a compelling protagonist and an intriguing premise in the form of magical forensics.
Bonnie Torres is helping to work two cases for PUPI — a break-in at a wealthy man’s home and a murdered fatae. Both cases seem strangely impenetrable at first, and the team’s skills are stretched while Bonnie and her boss, Ben Venec, are dealing with some serious magical complications — their respective currents want to merge. Additionally, there’s a creature of magical mischief in town, the Roblin. Frustrated by the tendency of New Yorkers to go with the flow when things don’t go as expected, he targets the team, particularly Bonnie. However, he ends up being useful when PUPI finally gets to the bottom of the break-in. (LUNA, Dec., 352 pp., $14.95)