Book Review: Banshee Charmer – Tiffany Allee

Banshee Charmer
About Banshee Charmer (2012)
Banshee CharmerWhen she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworld Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…

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Review: Banshee Charmer

When I think of banshees I imagine unpleasant looking creatures with deafening screams. In Tiffany Allee’s Banshee Charmer we have a half-woman, half-banshee as our protagonist, some nasty murders to solve and even time for a spot of romance. Kiera McLoughlin is a half-banshee detective who is investigating some peculiar murders at the outset of the novel. Working with her partner Amanda who is an amateur witch, the murders remain something of a mystery until Amanda becomes the latest victim. Kiera is thrown off the case but continues to investigate aided by Aidan Byrne from the OWEA (Otherworlder Enforcement Agency). Kiera suspects an incubus may be behind the murders but with her peers unwilling to even consider this it is down to Kiera and Aidan to solve the case, if they can keep their hands off each other that is!

As our protagonist, Kiera is a decent enough detective but she is very naive at times, especially when she comes home one day and finds Aidan Byrne in her home. There is an immediate attraction and Kiera has a tough time keeping her mind on the murder cases. When Amanda is killed, having used witchcraft to locate the killer, Kiera becomes more focused for a time. The murder victims themselves are all women and the killer is believed to be some form of otherworlder with a vampire initially suspected but quickly dismissed. Kiera’s belief is that the killer could be an incubus but such is their rarity that her theory is dismissed.

The romance between Kiera and Aidan is very quick in developing and they take time out from the investigation for some steamy sex. However,there is something about Aidan that just doesn’t seem right. Kiera is too in the midst of her passion to really question her new lover but he has some secrets which pose a big threat to their future together. As for Keira, she keeps quiet that she is a half-banshee and doesn’t reveal just how dangerous a scream of hers can be.

This was an interesting world where the likes of vampires and demons are an everyday occurrence. You just have special branches in the police force to deal with them. Some elements of the book were predictable and the romance between Keira and Aidan seemed a bit too easy, but there is at least a reason for this. Keira seems too naive to be a detective at times, especially when the revelations about the killer come to the fore towards the end.

This is the start of a series of books and it’s a solid enough opening with potential for investigations into the activities of other bizarre creatures. A few minor tweaks with the next instalment and this series could have some very good potential.

Verdict: 3/5

(Book source: reviewer received a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review)

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I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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