City of Ghosts
After reading (or should I say listening to) the first two Downside Ghosts books, of course I was going to read the third. In this one Chess the Church Witch has been seconded to the Black Squad to help investigate a series of gruesome murders and she quickly realises some old enemies are back on the prowl. And as much as the main plot in the Downside Ghosts books is always good, the side plot of the difficult relationship between Chess and the rather lovely drug enforcer Terrible always steals the show. Chess and Terrible are two rather damaged people and there are a lot of trust issues going on and Stacia Kane does a wonderful job of conveying the emotions Chess feels every time she even thinks about Terrible, describing even her physical reactions (I loved the line about how Chess felt like she had a pipe rammed down her throat after seeing Terrible, that horrible physical sensation when you’re trying not to cry). And obviously although we know more about how Chess is feeling as Kane is writing from her viewpoint, the way how she gets Terrible to act and speak conveys how he’s feeling pretty well to. Another really good book.