Thursday, July 14, 2011

Heart Of Stone by C.E. Murphy

The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1

It is painfully evident as to why this series is called The Negotiator Trilogy. Our heroine, Margrit Knight, is a world class negotiator. Her skills are ridiculously sick ... Superior even. She's a lawyer, which makes a lot of sense, and basically finds a way to BS her way into the lives of the people of the Old Races. Well, I can't say that she completely BS'd her way into their lives when somethings basically landed at her doorstep.

Heart Of Stone is a play on a gargoyle, Alban, who finds himself suspected of murder and actually has a thing for Margrit that he's been harboring for quite some time. Stone, of course, being he turns to stone in the day but really is a big softie and I dug him.

I'm not quite sure how to review this book. I loved it. Really loved it. I think because it took such a different turn that the way I viewed it became different. This wasn't a standard, run of the mill, one-dimensional paranormal like I thought it would be. We're sticking in a real murder mystery with a cop who's involved with the heroine while she's trying to figure out how to clear their number 1 suspect.

No romance in this book, which is a huge plus for me. There was a moment where something could have happened but things took a left turn and then someone was beat up, lol. But honestly, this book bordered Paranormal and ran right into Thriller/Murder Mystery. I loved it. It was such a page turner and can't wait to start on book 2.

Margrit has become one of my favorite heroines. She's human and real with all the vulnerabilities that come with it but has a sharp as hell mine, quick tongue and a drive that you would NEVER find in a real lawyer unless he were getting paid the big bucks.

4 Stars
IR: Margrit (AA)