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Book Review of The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, Bk 1)

The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, Bk 1)
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Helpful Score: 2


A bit of a unique set-up to this urban fantasy. Instead of the usual vampires, werewolves and ghosts, we've got angels and demons. Well, not quite. A bit over a decade ago scientists proved the existence of two other realms tied to ours. One matched a lot of descriptions of heaven, while the other similarly matched hell. Visitors from those realms have been coming to Earth for a while in secret. Now humans have to learn to openly live with them.

Charlie Madigan is an officer for the Integration Task force in Atlanta (police that deal with anything dealing with immigrants or visitors from the other realms). She and her partner start the book trying to track down the source of a new drug that's going around. Of course they stumble onto a deeper plot relating back to Charlie's death experience almost a year back.

The world is very well done, and quite original. The plot was so-so. Things seemed to happen a bit too conveniently sometimes. Things didn't quite wrap up neatly at the end of the book. The characters were interesting, though again seemed to occasionally do things because they were convenient for the plot and not because that's what the character would do. Overall a good book. I look forward to reading the next one.