Eddie LaCrosse, a private investigator with a talent for uncovering the facts, is hired to find a missing princess. After finding himself in a bit of a predicament, Eddie is both relieved and a bit confused when a young man who had been trailing comes to his aid. Sent by his boyhood friend, now King Phillip of Arentia, Mike Anders accompanies Eddie back to his home country. After spending a little time catching up with his boyhood best friend, Eddie discovers why Phil sent for him and quickly finds himself thrown into a case involving the brutal murder of the king's infant son and a beautiful queen accused of the murder.
Eddie quickly discovers that there is more to this case than meets the eye and realizes that in order to solve it he must confront his own past and retrace his footsteps through bitterly painful memories he had worked so hard to forget. Will he be able to come to terms with his own haunting past and find the missing clues to piece together the missing pieces of the puzzle?
This is Bledsoe's debut novel, and I have to tip my hat off to him. He did an absolutely superb job with this novel. A fantasy murder mystery, it is laced with twists and turns that leave the reader begging for more. He skillfully gives tiny clues throughout the book which are just not quite enough to allow the reader to solve the mystery on their own, but they are enough to allow the reader to make educated guesses that come pretty close. The characters are well developed, funny, and witty, and it is easy to become absorbed in their lives and feelings. Bledsoe did an excellent job pulling the reader into the story and making them actually care about the characters and what happens to them in the end.
Not only is the main storyline intriguing, but there is an underlying message about overcoming our own personal conflicts and having the willpower to confront our own fears. When bad things happen in our lives, will we run from them and try to cover up the pain or will we confront the pain and learn from what happened? Bledsoe does an exceptional job of taking the reader through the characters' personal struggles and at the same time forcing you to confront your own. This is an excellent read and well worth the time!