Utterly Chilling! Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne

Posted December 4, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

Utterly Chilling! Innocent Prey by Maggie ShayneInnocent Prey by Maggie Shayne
Series: Brown and de Luca #3
Published by Harlequin MIRA on October 1, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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To save innocent lives, they'll have to risk their own.

Self-help superstar Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown have finally given in to their overwhelming attraction to each other, but neither of them is ready to let physical passion turn into full-blown romance, so they carefully maintain an emotional distance. Then a judge's daughter disappears, and Mason has a terrible sense that it's connected to the most recent case they solved together: the abduction of Rachel's assistant.

The discovery of a string of missing women, all young, all troubled, seems like a promising lead. But there's no clear connection between the missing girls and the high-profile young woman Mason is trying to find. He realizes that once again he'll have to rely on his own well-honed instincts and Rachel's uncanny capacity to see through people's lies in order to catch a predator and rescue his captives. But can they do it before Rachel becomes his next victim?

I keep thinking this series will begin losing some of its appeal and that’s just not happening. Rachel de Luca and Mason Brown keep things fresh and interesting.

In this latest story, a young woman, recently blinded as a result of a car accident, turns a street corner and just vanishes. It appears she was abducted and being a local judge’s daughter, the investigation starts down that track until it begins to tie in with the disappearances of other young women. And, it also seems to connect with the earlier abduction of Rachel’s assistant, Amy, some weeks ago (see the novella Dream of Danger).

The mystery is thorny, the suspense chilling and Rachel’s offbeat humor just as wonderful as ever. I couldn’t put this one down either and I’m also hopelessly in love with Myrtle, her blind bulldog. Rachel and Mason’s relationship is evolving naturally and romantically, consistent with the personalities of both, but never eclipsing the main story. This series has the best of everything.

About Maggie Shayne

Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.

Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.

While The Portal series is entirely fictional, and necessarily brimming with special effects, any portions of the stories pertaining to the actual practices and teachings of witchcraft are entirely authentic. Due to the oathbound nature of some Wiccan rites several of the spells and other rituals, particularly rituals of Initiation and elevation, have been altered, abbreviated, or are deliberately vague. These rites are revealed only to Initiated Witches who reach the appropriate levels of study in traditional Wiccan Covens.

If learning about real witchcraft is your goal, I’ll soon be releasing a nonfiction book, The Magick of the Witches, on that very topic. (Watch this site.) In the meantime, I strongly recommend books by Silver RavenWolf, Scott Cunningham, Dorothy Morrison, Gail Wood, and others, which will give you all the information you need to to decide if it’s the path for you, and to begin your own solitary practice.

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8 responses to “Utterly Chilling! Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne

  1. JenM

    Thanks for the review. I just read a free Christmas themed book that Maggie has out, went looking for more of her books and found that the novella that starts this series is also free. I don’t usually read romantic suspense, but I think I might give this a try anyway since the series seems to be getting great reviews.

  2. I’m in!! I love the sound of this one! I haven’t read anything by her before. I just checked audible and she’s got a ton of books, but not this one! But the first book, Sleep with the Lights On is there!! I’m going to check the sample tomorrow, I don’t know the narrator. Sounds like a great series.
    Thanks Jonetta 🙂