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Thursday, February 7, 2013

REVIEW: Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD's Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit.

Like the rest of America, Scranton's got an uneasy 'live and let unlive' relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that's when they call Markowski. He carries a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.

Book: Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Format: Mass market paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Occult Crimes Unit Investigation, #1
Obtained: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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I picked up Hard Spell mostly just looking for a quick, easy read, but what I got was so much more than I was expecting! It was definitely fast-paced an exciting, but also a lot deeper than I thought it would be. The most welcome surprise was the amazing friendship between Stan and his new partner,  Karl Renfer, who I absolutely adored.

I've heard some people complain about "swearing and sexism" in this series, but I didn't really notice anything terribly offensive, although I do understand where the overly-sensitive might find reasons to whine about a good book.

As far as fast, fun supernatural detective series go, this one, IMO, is up there with The Dresden Files in terms of awesome. I am definitely hooked on this series, and I can't wait to get to the second book, which is staring eagerly from my TBR mountain in the corner of the bedroom. I DEFINITELY recommend it!!