This was a good read...
I really liked Bonita Torres and her teammates as Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigators, so geeky and inquisitive. PUPI is the paranormal equivalent of a CSI unit for the paranormal community. Anyone who has ever been involved in a start-up company, a new department, or even a newly created position at an existing company will identify with what this group of people are going through. Learning as you go - sometimes on the job training really sucks but they make it work.
There were a few places in the story where I was lost and did not fully understand what Gilman was writing about but I am sure that it was because of the massive world building and character development she was undertaking.
I picked up this read because I was stuck on romance novels and needed a change. And I'm glad I did because It was refreshing. There are no vampires, werewolves or romance. I will definitely give the next book in the series a try because I like the CSI concept and I think Gilman can do better. For now this was a good read that is worth a mention.
Welcome to P.U.P.I.—Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations. A handpicked team trained to solve crimes the regular police can't touch—crimes of magic.
My name's Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn't applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work—so off I went.
Two days later I'm a PUPI—me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty and Pietr. Five twentysomethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic.
The first job we get is a doozy: proving that the deaths of two Talents were murder, not suicide. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away. We're sniffing out things they'd rather keep buried.
Looks as if this job is gonna get interesting. The only problem is, we're making it up as we go along….