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Review: Fallible Justice by Laura Laakso

Fallible Justice (Wilde Investigations, #1)
In Old London, where paranormal races co-exist with ordinary humans, criminal verdicts delivered by the all-seeing Heralds of Justice are infallible. After a man is declared guilty of murder and sentenced to death, his daughter turns to private investigator Yannia Wilde to do the impossible and prove the Heralds wrong.

Yannia has escaped a restrictive life in the Wild Folk conclave where she was raised, but her origins mark her as an outsider in the city. These origins lend her the sensory abilities of all of nature. Yet Yannia is lonely, and struggling to adapt to life in the city. The case could be the break she needs. She enlists the help of her only friend, a Bird Shaman named Karrion, and together they accept the challenge of proving a guilty man innocent.

So begins a breathless race against time and against all conceivable odds. Can Yannia and Karrion save a man who has been judged infallibly guilty? (less)
-GoodReads

The first pages of this book drew me in completely. I loved the characters. Yannia is one of the Wild Folk but she’s left her home and gone her own way. She is a private investigator in Old London, a place where other magical people live. A man is found guilty of a crime but his daughter is determined that he didn’t commit it and asks Yannia to investigate. But the justice system is meant to be infallible, they know if a person is lying.

Everything about this book was interesting, the magical world, the characters, the atmosphere (such a good sense of place) and the compelling mystery. It’s a world I am looking forward to getting into again when I read the next book in the series. I always seem to say the same thing about fantasy books but this is a unique world and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

If you’d like more information or to buy this book/ebook, I’d recommend going direct to the publisher https://www.louisewaltersbooks.co.uk/. I bought a signed copy and also had a free flash fiction by Laura Laakso. There’s some great books on this website, this was the third one I bought.

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Review: The Animals Of Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

The Animals at Lockwood Manor
Some secrets are unspoken. Others are unspeakable . . .

August 1939.

Thirty-year-old Hetty Cartwright is tasked with the evacuation and safekeeping of the natural history museum’s collection of mammals. Once she and her exhibits arrive at Lockwood Manor, however, where they are to stay for the duration of the war, Hetty soon realizes that she’s taken on more than she’d bargained for.

Protecting her charges from the irascible Lord Lockwood and resentful servants is work enough, but when some of the animals go missing, and worse, Hetty begins to suspect someone – or something – is stalking her through the darkened corridors of the house.

As the disasters mount, Hetty finds herself falling under the spell of Lucy, Lord Lockwood’s beautiful but clearly haunted daughter. But why is Lucy so traumatized? Does she know something she’s not telling? And is there any truth to local rumours of ghosts and curses?

Part love story, part mystery, The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey is a gripping and atmospheric tale of family madness, long-buried secrets and hidden desires.” -GoodReads

I loved the beginning of this book, the gothic atmosphere was just the thing to grab my attention and draw me into the world of Lockwood Manor. It’s an intriguing story with moments of exquisite eerieness. There’s a mystery that keeps me reading, the stuffed animals housed at Lockwood Manor start to go missing and I wonder is it something ghostly involved.

But sadly the mystery and the intrigue isn’t enough. The book never delivers on it’s promise. It starts to meander with glimpses into the past and more emphasis on the stuffed animals than I care to read about. The eerie moments dwindle and although conflict continues to keep the story moving I found the book got dull. It’s one of those books that offers a supernatural element but sadly never delivers it’s promise. And as a fan of the gothic, the supernatural, that is a disappointment.

This was technically my first audiobook so I’m not sure if my enjoyment of the book could’ve been affected by that. I didn’t like the way some of the male voices are acted, I wondered if maybe two narrators, male and female, would’ve been better. But maybe I’m not the best judge.

After listening to this book I wondered: why didn’t they just leave the stuffed animals in storage? If you’ve read this books share your thoughts.