Winter Solstice and the Holiday Season ala fae-style can get brutal and bloody, but it’s all in a day’s work for Psychic Detective, Ivy Granger. I’ve been wanting to try this series for a while since I saw Lorna and Melanie’s fab reviews. And, I was totally in after barely reading a page.
Blood and Mistletoe is a novella that falls after the first book in the series. It probably would have been better to read it in order since I probably got a few spoilers as a result. However, the story worked well as a standalone too, the way the author introduced things in the beginning.
Ivy’s latest case right before the holidays is a doozy. There’s a serial killer of fae on the loose and the killings are all rather grim. Ivy has to use her cursed gift to touch something at the murder scene that took her right back to when it happened. Then she makes a precarious deal with a fae, and will Ceff be able to wrap up things with the Selkies in time to escort her to the witch winter solstice party?
I found Ivy an engaging heroine and enjoyed her detecting work. But I think what blew me away was the worldbuilding. Ivy’s world is amazing. I am definitely going back for more. I recommend this series to those who enjoy some grit and darkness and mystery to their urban fantasy.