I am a Krentz, Casstle, & Quick fan. Her books bounce between future, modern times and Victorian. If you are a collector, you are always waiting for the next installment. She is a fun read. And you will read her complete Arcane collection at least once a year. No offense to the author, but once read her Arcane novels, you are not interested in her others anymore.
Quit about 3/4s thru - not my cup of tea. Just not into it even though I like occult stuff.
A year later .... got thru it this time. OK book. I looked for the next in the series but can;t find it anywhere in PBS. Ordered the 3rd in the Trilogy but don't know if I'll read it not having access to the 2nd. I rated it a bit higher this go 'round as I did enjoy it and found some of the occult fascinating.
Although this is part of a series, Krentz always writes a book that will stand alone. You will enjoy this book if you like paranormal mysteries.
We finally get to know Fallon Jones of J&J Agency in depth. Isabella Valdez has ended up in Scargill Cove, a small secluded town in northern California. She was framed for stealing and selling paranormal items that could be used as weapons, and had been told by her grandmother that if ever she was in a dangerous situation she couldn't handle, to go to Fallon Jones! Both Fallon and Isabella have powerful, different, paranormal strengths.
The people in Scargill welcome her and take her in. She goes to work for Fallon as an office manager, but she wants to take a job declaring that an old house is not haunted. He says that J&J does not do that kind of work, but lets her go. (A broker was having a hard time selling the house.) With good reason - it wasn't haunted, but a murderer was using it to entice victims in. When she sensed something wrong, she called Fallon who came to her and got her out. A paranormal looking glass item had been involved.
The broker was infuriated, and refused to pay!
The people in Scargill have had a secret for several years. When they hear what Isabella encountered at the house, they decide that Fallon and Isabella should know about it, and let them see what they have been guarding.
Fallon is still concerned about Nightshade, a group producing a drug which enhances a person's power and had hoped to take over and control the Arcane Society. Although the head of Nightshade had been killed, the lower rings were fighting each other and now there are several separate groups to be handled. Many in the Arcane Society feel that Nightshade can never recover and money shouldn't be spent on fighting it. Fallon disagrees.
The story goes on from there with a lot of action. I enjoyed it very much.