Book two in Painter’s Crow Investigations series sees Lydia Crow picking up where we left off at the end of The Night Raven. Living above her uncle’s cafe in London, Lydia is desperately trying to forge her own path with her fledgling private investigations firm. Largely spying on cheating spouses it isn’t exactly the kind of work that she dreamt of but it does pay just about enough to mean that she doesn’t have to go and work for Uncle Charlie in the family firm.
When a man is found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge it isn’t officially a case for Lydia but it sets her investigator senses twitching and she starts doing a little sleuthing of her own. When this snooping threatens to set off a turf war with the rival Silver family Lydia feels unable to back off which leads to problems with both Uncle Charlie and the police.
Similar in feel to Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series this book will appeal to fans of supernatural thrillers. Full of quirky characters including flatmate Jason – the semi solid ghost with a penchant for Sharpie pens – and Fleet, her unofficial love interest who is a sympathetic London copper.
Full of paranormal twists and turns, The Silver Mark is a very entertaining romp through magical London that leaves you wanting more.
Supplied by the author in exchange for an honest review.
UK publication Date: May 12 2019. 298 Pages
Categories: 4 Stars
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