Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Book six in the Walker Papers series
Publication Date: April 2011
Page Count: 384
My Rating: ★★★★★
For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She's mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she's facing the biggest challenge of her career -- attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance -- billed as transformative -- actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.
And there's more. Homeless people are disappearing, a mystical murder puts Joanne way out of her jurisdiction and with the full moon coming on, it's looking like the killer is a creature that can't possibly exist.
But Jo could probably handle all of that, if one ordinary homicide hadn't pushed her to the very edge....
This was a great book, and easily my favourite so far. As you can see from the back cover blurb Joanne actually goes on a date with Morrison! Did you hear what I said? A Date! With Morrison! I know!
Of course partially shifting into a Coyote during a "special" dance performance will put a dampener on most romantic evenings. Still, progress is progress and I'm taking it where I can get it!
I don't want to spoil the rest of the plot from here but let's just say that, whereas other books have involved a mystery for Joanne to chase down and solve, this time the stakes are higher and a lot more personal.
Joanne is really living up to her abilities in this one, too. She has fully accepted what she is and what she has to do. Even though her "warrior's path" is perhaps a cause for concern between her and her mentor, it's a role that Joanne, with her police training and new sword fighting abilities, seems made for.
I wish you could have seen my face after finishing this book. Do the words "About damned time!" mean anything to you C. E. Murphy? I loved the ending and I hated it because after reading these books back-to-back over the last week or so, I have now run out! And have to wait until NEXT YEAR for the next one! Grr. I think I might be suffering actual, physical withdrawals...Okay, it's okay, I'm okay, I'll be fine, this is just the adjustment period, I'll get over it.
Five goddamned stars!