Maggie for Hire is set in Los Angeles… and a parallel magical Los Angeles accessible via portals. There are official portals, there are portals created by magical beings with nefarious designs, and there’s Maggie.
Maggie is half-human, half- magical being. She has the power to create portals instantly whenever and wherever she is. Maggie has parlayed this skill into a career as a magical tracker, a bounty hunter for vampires, ghouls, and other magical beings who have run afoul of the law on the magical side of Los Angeles.
The book opens with Maggie on a tracking mission gone wrong. She is saved by a gorgeous elf, Killian, who explains that he has come to her on behalf of the Queen of Elves. Someone is trying to weaken the boundary between the two worlds and the elves want Maggie to find out who it is and to stop him. This mission leads Maggie to discover family secrets that have been hidden since she was a child.
Maggie is a funny, sarcastic, and foul-mouthed heroine who reminded me a great deal of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum (if she swore all the time).
The sexual tension between Maggie and Killian stays just that in this book, although as the series progresses, I would bet it evolves into more.
There’s no profound message in this book beyond the exhortation that if you’re going to chase vamps, you need a kevlar neck guard. No, this book is about fun, and fun only. At that level, it delivers. It’s a fast, fun read, sure to please anyone who loves paranormal / urban fantasy.
There are a few editing errors (very few) and a few formatting errors (line breaks in the wrong places on my Kindle Fire – again, very few). Don’t let this stop you from picking this one up. Kate Danley has created a winning heroine and winning series.