Hotter Than Helltown
Written by: S.M.Reine
Series: Preternatural Affairs
Sequence in Series: 3
Page Count: 264 pages
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
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A killer is mutilating bodies in Los Angeles. Agent Cèsar Hawke is on the case, but the murderer is ahead of him--way ahead of him.
Wiping the memories of the dead so that the team's necrocognitive can't talk to them? Done. Preventing magical reconstruction of the crime scenes? Oh yeah. And the murders keep getting more brutal while Cèsar struggles to catch up.
The best way to heat up a cold case is to go to Helltown, where Los Angeles's most powerful evil hides out, but even those demons are afraid of the murderer. Their fear adds one more question to the growing pile of unknowns:
What kind of bad guy is too hot for Helltown?
Hotter Than Helltown by S.M. Reine
Hotter Than Helltown with its unexpected male lead, was a marvelous urban fantasy...and I am an urban fantasy lover. To say, I devoured Hotter than Helltown would be an understatement.
Agent Cesar Hawke is on the case and mutilated bodies are on the ticket. Something very powerful is leaving maimed and dead men in wake and its Cesar's job to find the culprit before more lives are lost.
Cesar was a PI until he garnered the attention of The Office of Preternatural Affairs. Now he works for them.
Cesar has a great team behind him. His Preternatural Affairs partner is Suzy. She is a strong witch that gives him a razzing but comes to the rescue when the chips are down. His unofficial partner is Isobel, a powerful witch in her own rights but woowoo theatrics and clothesless ways draws more attention than is good. Fritz is Cesar's rich boss, Isobel's ex, and soon to be a magically bonded partner to Cesar. Together this rag-tag team must infiltrate Helltown, a place where no sane person would travel...especially at night.
This is the 3rd book in the Preternatural Affairs series and I did have to play some catch up but for the most part I was on board pretty quickly. The cast of characters is diverse and highly entertaining. Although, I might of missed the first 2 books in this series...I won't be missing anymore. S.M. Reine's storytelling is fascinating, her world building seduces you into an amazing fictional realm you want to explore.
I received this copy of Hotter Than Helltown from Red Iris Books in exchange for a honest review.