In this collection of short stories, Jonathan Alvey continues to battle the unraveling world of the White Dragon Black.
Interview: A rare sit-down with paranormal private investigator Jonathan Alvey.
The Play’s the Thing: When a blonde woman shows up in Alvey’s office, seeking protection, he uncovers more than a murder attempt.
The Cost of Custody: Alvey helps estranged parents rescue their daughter from a terrible fate.
Sins of the Father: A pawn shop owner risks it all by asking Alvey to recover property that is more than meets the eye.
Legerdelivre: There’s nowhere Richard Tomlin can hide when it comes to the controlling powers of a dusty grimoire, but can Alvey truly help him?
What a Nightmare: Little old ladies do deceive, and secretaries come dear, in Jonathan Alvey’s office.
Do As I Say, Not As I Did: Alvey must air a CEO’s dirty laundry before a company ghost destroys too much.
The Ties That Bind: Can Alvey control a poltergeist and maintain his promise to not fall victim to the Dragon Black?
This anthology is the first book I have read in the White Dragon Black series. I instantly liked the main character Jonathan Alvey and soon became fascinated in his extraordinary life.
An interview with Jonathan sets the scene perfectly for new readers. Linked short stories follow, the first is nostalgic and reminiscent of a private eye detective story but with an interesting paranormal twist. The remaining stories are progressively dark, full of magic and supernatural characters and incidents.
Jonathan Alvey is a complex character, whose cynical sense of humour makes amusing reading and provides necessary light against the background of dark adventures he participates in. Through Jonathan’s experience, the reader meets many disturbing creatures in a realistic way. I easily imagined what they would look like and the world created is vivid and believable.
These stories do not glamorise magic and supernatural skills, Alvey suffers greatly for his gift, the fact he perseveres makes him a worthy protagonist.
These stories give the noir detective story an interesting contemporary twist and will interest lovers of mystery and the paranormal.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars