Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.
A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.
Worldbuilding: Knoxville, Tennessee setting. I love the PsyLED concept. Rich paranormal world: were-creatures, witches, vampires, plus original elements like the arcanciel, grindilow, gwyllgi.
Characters: Nell is getting better and better at this living on her own thing. Maybe too good, lol. Purr baby, purr – enough said. I liked seeing her grow as an investigator too. It was satisfying to see her come into her own and grow a twig or two, hehe. I loved how she came back to herself and her plans, how she handled things.
I really love Occam too, because he’s so sweet and supportive, plus so feline, hehe. I really love felines, what can I say? xD
Plot: The Urban Fantasy procedural side is really awesome and I enjoyed the investigative process. The slow burn romantic element is yummy and sweet. Events have a nice alert tempo.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, Nell’s POV.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my UF moods.
I recommend Flame in the Dark to fans of Urban Fantasy procedurals and stories involving strong heroines making a place for themselves in a complex world full of perils and adventure.