Mini Reviews: Deadly Curiosities Series – Trifles and Folly 1 & 2, Inheritance

 
 

In Trifles and Folly, Cassidy and co. use their supernatural gifts to solve mysteries and save the town from paranormal problems, plus there are a few stories from Sorren’s POV when he was still a fairly young vampire. In Trifles and Folly 2, Cassidy and co. once again use their supernatural gifts to solve mysteries and save the town from paranormal problems, plus there are a few stories from the POV of one of Cassidy’s ancestors who worked for Sorren. In Inheritance, Cassidy and co. try to stop a family curse involving a demon when a man unexpectedly comes to them for help. Enjoy my mini[-ish] reviews for these three books in the Deadly Curiosities series!


Trifles and Folly 1 by Gail Z. Martin

Book Cover - Trifles and Folly by Gail Z. Martin
Title: Trifles and Folly 1
Author: Gail Z. Martin
Publisher: SOL Publishing
Book Number: Extra
Pages: 343
Rating: 4 stars
 
Review:

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

I read this after the first three main books, though I think it could be read at any time without confusion or spoilers. Some seem to take place before the main books, others between books.

Each of these stories is basically a mini book, as they each use the same format of supernatural things happening and then Cassidy and co. solving the mystery and saving the day. Most of the stories don't really add any extra info to the main series, and you won't be missing anything if you don't read it. But...

There were three stories from Sorren's POV! I enjoyed that because I've been wanting to know more about him. You get to learn how he got started in the Alliance, as well as some other things mentioned in the main books. You also get to see a bit of his jewel-thieving skills.

Overall, this is fairly focused on plot and mystery and is nice if you like these sorts of little mysteries or just want to hang out with these characters some more, especially if you're curious about Sorren.

*Rating: 4 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook*

Recommended For:
Fans of Gail Z. Martin's Deadly Curiosities series. Anyone who likes urban fantasy without romance, magic, ghosts, likeable and realistic characters, and complex mysteries for the characters to solve.

 
 

Trifles and Folly 2 by Gail Z. Martin

Book Cover - Trifles and Folly 2 by Gail Z. Martin
Title: Trifles and Folly 2
Author: Gail Z. Martin
Publisher: SOL Publishing
Book Number: Extra
Pages: 613
Rating: 3.5 stars
 
Review:

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

I read this after the first three main books, though I think it could be read at any time without confusion or spoilers. I'm not sure when in relation to the main books these stories take place.

This is another collection of short stories, and once again, each one is basically a mini book in the sense that each is a complete supernatural mystery solved by Cassidy, Teag, Sorren, and their allies. It was a bit repetitive since there's no over-arching plot in the series, and it didn't give a whole lot of extra insight into the characters.

That being said, I liked some of Cassidy's stories in this one more than her stories in the previous collection. I liked learning about the shifters in the story that involved them, and I liked the character who played a big part. A couple stories ended up being a bit personal for the characters, which upped the stakes. There were also three stories from the POV of one of Cassidy's ancestors, about his work for Sorren and the Alliance, which involved more trickery and thieving than Cassidy's work.

Overall, this was an enjoyable collection of supernaturals mysteries. It's kind of mostly a chill read (if you consider the occasional ghost or demon fight chill) about characters you already know and like if you've read the other books, or simply about some quick supernatural mysteries and butt-kicking if you haven't.

*Rating: 3.5 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook*

Recommended For:
Fans of Gail Z. Martin's Deadly Curiosities series. Anyone who likes urban fantasy without romance, magic, ghosts, likeable and realistic characters, and complex mysteries for the characters to solve.

 
 

Inheritance by Gail Z. Martin

Book Cover - Inheritance by Gail Z. Martin
Title: Inheritance
Author: Gail Z. Martin
Publisher: SOL Publishing
Book Number: Book 4
Pages: 224
Rating: 3.5 stars
 
Review:

This was another enjoyable book in the series, much like all the others. I have somewhat mixed feelings though because, after all these books, I still don't feel very close to the characters. These books have great, well thought-out supernatural mysteries and action, but there's not a lot about the characters or their thoughts and feelings outside of that, nor is there really a main thread connecting the stories, and it makes them feel somewhat repetitive. The characters are realistic and believable though, and I appreciate that at least.

This one did have a bit more focus on friends, family, and found family. I'm glad Kell finally seems to be more a part of Cassidy's life, since he's felt like more of an acquaintance until now. Except I felt like Cassidy's cousin just popped up out of nowhere since I don't remember him being mentioned before, and suddenly she was saying how he's like an older brother to her and she often calls him for help with supernatural lore.

I listened to the audiobook, and Courtney Patterson did a great job. The narration was natural, male voices were decent, and I could easily keep up with who was talking. I'm not sure why she gave Sorren a British accent though. I don't remember that ever being stated, but maybe I missed it, or maybe previous narrators used an accent and she was just being consistent (I didn't listen to previous audiobooks).

Overall another interesting supernatural mystery story.

*Rating: 3.5 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Audiobook*

Recommended For:
Fans of Books 1-3 in Gail Z. Martin's Deadly Curiosities series. Anyone who likes urban fantasy without romance, magic, ghosts, likeable and realistic characters, and complex mysteries for the characters to solve.

 
 
 
 

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