On the last day of ConCarolinas, I was talking to John Hartness about books (what else) when he suddenly reached into his bag and pulled out Deadly Curiosities. “When she comes back, go buy this book,” he said pointing a few tables down from his own. He totally sold me on it, and I am so glad.
I went up to the table and said that John had sent me to buy her book. Then I learned that the book wasn’t even out yet! Squee! Sweet!
Then I started reading and squeed even harder. The book was great! The Nancy Drew-esque Cassidy, the adorable Teag, and the mysterious Sorren all made for an exciting visit to Trifles & Folly, the place where items are sold that may have a bit of a secret. Similar in concept to Warehouse 13, Cassidy and Teag collect items that they classify depending on how much psychic or magical oomph they have. Some they sell; others are left for Sorren to sort out. But, once strange things start to happen, they’re taken on the adventure of a lifetime.
The Solaris Books website gives this description of the novel:
Welcome to Trifles & Folly, and antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670 – acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history.
Together with her business partner Soren, a 500-year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Soren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.
I highly recommend this one. It was quaint, fun, and exciting.
I am looking forward to more!
Title: Deadly Curiosities
Author: Gail Z. Martin
Length: 464 pages (paperback)
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Amazon Link: Buy it Here