"A page turning mystery of gods behaving badly."
Reviewed by Jaime Zalinski
Posted June 10, 2011
Being the decedent of Greek Mythical creatures can have
its pros and cons. Being able to freeze a person with a
look helps when you are a Private Investigator but having
Greek gods you thought were just were just stories calling
you can be a bit nerve racking. Tori Karacis isn't your run
of the mill LA girl. She's not even trying to make a career
in TV or Films. Running her uncle's PI firm while he takes
a personal hiatus is her main concern. Well, that and
paying the bills.
While on what seemed like a simple document delivery job,
Tori witnesses the murder of an infamous talent agent. The
perpetrator couldn't be described in any way other then
odd. Seeing a man with scales and fins can make a person
think differently about family stories that seemed to be
nothing but tall tales.
BAD BLOOD is an exciting story that uses Greek Mythology in
a unique way. Set in modern Los Angeles, the story makes
the reader wonder if the ancient gods could still be living
among us. True to the myths, it seems that they are not
all good guys. Any fan of the Olympians will love the way
Diver has re-purposed the traits of the gods to fit into
Through out the adventure set for us, the reader
experiences great action and a true mystery. With so many
suspects, it is difficult to determine who done it until
the end. The development of relationships between Tori and
her love interests is done wonderfully and adds the light
feeling of a love triangle. Even though the romance is not
the main focal point of the story, it blends in nicely with
the mystery making all the plot points flow seamlessly.
Overall, BAD BLOOD is a wonderful read. The mystery keeps
the reader engaged, the action makes the reader want to
roll with the punches, and the romance makes the senses
tingle. This is a great book to coil up with on a lazy
Tori Karacisâ€™s family line may trace back to a drunken
liaison between the god Pan and one of the immortal gorgons.
Orâ€¦maybe itâ€™s just coincidence that her glance can,
literally, stop men in their tracks. While her fear of
heights kept her out of the family aerobatic troupe, her
extreme nosiness fits right in with her uncleâ€™s P.I.
Except heâ€™s disappeared on an Odyssean journey to find
himself. Muddling through on her own, sheâ€™s reduced to
hunting (not stalking, because that would just be weird)
brass-braâ€™d Hollywood agent Circe Holland to deliver a
messageâ€¦only to witness her murder by what looks like the
Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Suddenly, all of her familyâ€™s tall tales seem believable,
especially when Apolloâ€”the Apollo, whoâ€™s now hiding out
among humans as an adult film starâ€”appears in her office,
looking to hire her. She knows the drill: canoodling with
gods never works out well for humans, but sheâ€™s irresistibly
drawn to him. Maybe itâ€™s her genes. Maybe not.
Given her conflicted feelings for one hot and hardened cop,
itâ€™s a toss-up which will kill her quickest. The danger at
her doorâ€¦or her love life.
Warning: Contains pot-boiling passion between a heroine who
mayâ€”or may notâ€”be a descendant of Medusa, and a hot god and
a hunky cop with theâ€¦equipmentâ€¦to handle her, even on her
worst bad-hair day. Beware of killer kisses, trickster gods
and bearded grandmothers Who Know Everything.
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