Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin | Book Review

June 25, 2014 Reviews 13

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Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin | Book ReviewDeadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin
Series: Deadly Curiosities #1
Published by Solaris on June 24, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 464 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation.

Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670β€”acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.

My Initial Reaction…

Deadly Curiosities was super spooky and lots of fun! I wish I’d gotten to know the characters better, but I see real potential for the series.

The Characters…

Deadly Curiosities is told from the point of view of Cassidy Kincaide. Cassidy owns an antique store called Trifles & Folly that has been passed down through her family for centuries – passed down to family members with the same gift she has. See, Cassidy has a psychic gift that lets her touch objects and see their history. I have to say, this was a super cool way to tell a story. I loved the flashbacks through all different periods of history and the creepy factor was sometimes through the roof. I loved Cassidy too – she’s got a penchant for history (a plus in my book), a streak for a adventure, and a huge heart. She’s doing a job that puts her life on the line everyday and the only real reward is protecting her community. And she’s a dog lover, so I know she’s a good person πŸ™‚

Teag works for Cassidy and he is just discovering his magical abilities – he’s a Weaver. This was a brand new magical concept for me, so that alone made it super cool! This gives him the ability to dig up information on the web really well and as he’s learning, gives him some cool knitting abilities too. I really wish we’d gotten to know Teag a bit better. I mean we know that his partner, Anthony, is a lawyer and you get a glimpse of him through that relationship, but since we aren’t in his head at all and this book is more story, less character building, I left feeling like I don’t really know him much beyond the job. Too bad.

There’s a whole bunch of other characters that I loved and their magic was unique and fun. But I’ll let you read it to get to know them πŸ™‚

The Story…

The story for Deadly Curiosities revolved around Cassidy’s talent, honestly. Mundane objects that Cassidy and Teag already cleared as being not dangerous are suddenly starting to transform into potentially dangerous objects. And they don’t know why. And at the same time, there have been an worrisome streak of gruesome murders. So any good detective knows there’s probably a connection there – and they get to work figuring things out.

The main reason I’m giving Deadly Curiosities 3.5 stars instead of 4 is the pace. It would have this incredibly interesting, spooky segment and then we’d fall into a bit of a lull and I got bored. I suspect that this has something to do with the way I tend to get bored in procedurals – I wouldn’t straight up call this a procedural, but it definitely revolved around solving a mystery and those moments inbetween the action where it’s all detective work were slow for me.

The two things I loved most were 1 – the ghost/spooky elements. They gave me just the right amount of goosebumps every single time. And 2 – the setting/historical elements. Martin made this Charleston, SC setting come to life and she throws you into the history – both mundane and magical in such interesting and culturally diverse ways. It made the book a real treat for me!

Concluding Sentiments…

If you’re looking for a nice summer ghost mystery, Deadly Curiosities is a great book for you. And if you like procedural type books, you may even love it more than I did!

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About Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wroteat age fivewas about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married and has three children, a Himalayan cat, a Maltese and a golden retriever.

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13 Responses to “Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin | Book Review”

  1. Jessica @ Rabid Reads
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    Man, Berls . . . I just started this last night, and I’m having a terrible time with it. A bunch of people have thought that the setting for this book was amazing, but so far . . . I’m not seeing it. Maybe I’m a harsher critic b/c Charleston was one of my families favorite vacation spots. I’m also not at all intrigued by the opera glasses. BUT I’m only 9% in, so maybe it’ll get better . . . Glad you liked it though πŸ˜‰
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Ghost stories always get me all tingly – this isn’t just ghosts, it’s demons too – and it totally freaked me out. I don’t think it was still on Netgally, but I still recommend looking for it πŸ™‚
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Ghost stories always get me all tingly – this isn’t just ghosts, it’s demons too – and it totally freaked me out. I don’t think it was still on Netgalley, but I still recommend looking for it πŸ™‚
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    • claudiacv

      Actually it{s not really the first book in a brand new series. ItΒ΄s weird the way its st up. before this there are six or seven short stories about Sorren. The story begins in the late 1500s then it goes on to the 1700 until we get to Charleston today. These first A Deadly Curiosities short stories in my opinion are a lot better than this first novel. I suggest you check them out. I bought them on kindle. Tried the first one out because it was only 80 cents or something and got hooked. ItΒ΄s a good backstory to the novel and we get to see what Sorren is all about.

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      That’s a show I haven’t managed to see yet, but from what I’ve heard about it the comparison is probably accurate. So if you love it you’d probably enjoy the book πŸ™‚
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Most people don’t mind them – I think I got burnt out on them after all the cop shows I used to watch πŸ™ But this was good for me despite not liking procedurals so you’ll probably really enjoy it πŸ™‚
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Thanks Kimba! I think I just wore myself out on those aspects from watching cop shows too long as a teenager. Maybe someday I’ll get back to enjoying those elements. I hope I do, because so many books have a procedural element.
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