Painter has created a wonderful supernaturally infused underworld in London that rivals Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series. Here the central character is Lydia Crow, heir apparent to one of the four magical family dynasties. Working as a private detective from the family cafe she tries to stay clear of the family politics but it always catches up with her.
The Fox’s Curse is the third instalment in this series and follows on directly from the last book. Check out the other reviews on my site. You can read this as a stand-alone story but it would be preferable to read all the stories in sequence.
In the Fox’s Curse Lydia finds herself working a case for Paul Fox – from one of the rival magical families. When this leads her to a dead body (and his ghost!) deep in the Underground tunnels beneath Euston it sparks a bit of a war which ultimately means that Lydia is a target for all the family thugs.
My biggest gripe with these stories is that they aren’t really long enough. Both this book and The Silver Mark feel quite rushed as they approach the end and although the cliffhanger is meant to keep you waiting hungrily for the next book it does get a little frustrating.
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