In Too Deep
Book One of the Looking Glass Trilogy
An Arcane Society Novel - Book #10
By Jayne Ann Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz continues writing the Arcane Series and has taken "In Too Deep" to give the character, Fallon Jones, more depth. Fallon Jones is the head of the Jones and Jones Paranormal Detective Agency and a member of the socially prominent Jones family who control the Arcane Society. Regularly a recluse, he has paranormal ability to see strategies and connect situations. To many in the Arcane society, he is a conspiracy theorist and sees danger where there is none.
In many of the Arcane Society series early books, Fallon Jones is a abrupt voice on the phone who lacks basic social skills. He has worked alone because he couldn't figure out to delegate and allow someone else intrusion into this life.
Enter Isabella Valdez. She's funny, witty, and the perfect partner for Fallon. The story gives a good look into the ongoing issues with the Arcane Series. It can stand alone for those who are not fans. But having a passing knowledge of the series led me to a better reading experience.
The blurb for the book - Scargill Cove is the perfect place for Fallon Jones, confirmed recluse and investigator of the paranormal. Its a hot spot, a convergence point for unusually strong currents of energy, which might explain why the town attracts misfits and drifters like moths to a flame. Now someone else has been drawn to the Cove Isabella Valdez, on the run from some very dangerous men.
When she starts working as Fallons assistant, Isabella impresses him by organizing his
pathologically chaotic office and doesnt bat an eye at the psychic element of his job. Shes a kindred spirit, a sanctuary from a world that considers his talents a form of madness. But after a routine case unearths an antique clock infused with dark energy, Fallon and Isabella are dragged into the secret history of Scargill Cove and forced to fight for their lives, as they unravel a cutthroat conspiracy with roots in the Jones family business...and Isabellas family tree.
Another great story in the Arcane Society series
A good paranormal mystery/romance from one of the leading writers in the genre. To understand all that is going on, it would be best to start at the beginning of the Arcane series. Even though this is book one in a trilogy, it builds on a previous trilogy. It was fun to see glimpses of characters from other books, and I particularly enjoy Krentz's quirky leads.
I enjoy some of the books more than others in this series particularly the ones set in recent times. Isabella Valdez is on the run from Julian Garrett who is trying to kidnap (or kill) her because she knows too much. Isabella is in hiding and goes to the Jones & Jones agency in a small town specifically to find Fallon Jones, as per her grandmother's direction. The attraction is instant and Fallon falls hard and fast.
I enjoyed the mystery of who stole the clockworks and what is their ultimate goal. Is this part of the Nightshade conspiracy or something different? There really wasn't much on the Nightshade side of things but it was mentioned. As this is the first in the Looking Glass trilogy, I imagine Nightshade will pop up more in the next installment. Totally likable hero and heroine with real life problems and down-to-earth (though psychic) resolutions.