Series: Harri Phillecki, PI #1
Release Date: August, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.
After reading the Riley Jenson series and the Dark Angels series, I really didn't know if I'd love another Keri Arthur book as much. But I really think I've met their match in the new Harri Phillecki series. Harri is a PI who is just starting up her business. She has a partner in Ceri, a former police officer. But Harri is also a half elf/half siren. Harri is roped into the disappearance of a siren by the only family she's really in contact with, her elven uncle Lyle. From the start she feels like something is just not right about the entire situation but she's not quite sure what.
Harri's family life is quite unusual. Her father's side (elf) doesn't even recognize that she exists. Her mother is in retirement and she barely sees her. She has a group of ogres who are constant house guests. A dragon who has been a close friend since school years. A witch who is a healing guru. And her flamboyant, siren half brother. The rag-tag gang is close knit (mostly) and has each others backs.
The investigation into the disappearance of the siren quickly turns into a murder investigation. When the siren washes up on the beach, Harri's investigation starts leading closer to home. With half of the suspect list made up of her elven fam, Harri is walking a thin wire. Threats are coming in all over the place, thugs are breaking into her home and literally trying to beat her to death, but it just makes her more and more determined to find out what's going on. And it seems like she doesn't care if she gets burned in the process.Through in an ex who has been away for 10 years but comes back during this case and Harri is up to her eyebrows in trouble.
I really love this world. All the supes are out and everyone knows about them. To see a dragon flying around the city skyline isn't unusual. Elves are out, sirens are out, everyone is out and it brings a different dynamic to the story. The entire story while reading was like peeling an onion, layer by layer. It just got deeper and deeper. The further in we got, the more intricate everything became. Harri as our main focus was really great. She can definitely hold her own. I'm really liking her and I can't wait to see where her story leads us. This is definitely a series that you'll want to check out if you haven't yet.