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Box Office Poison    by Phillipa Bornikova order for
Box Office Poison
by Phillipa Bornikova
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Tor, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Phillipa Bornikova stepped up to the urban fantasy scene with This Case is Gonna Kill Me. That first in a series introduced us to a world where powerful and long-lived vampires, werewolves, and elven Alfar have made their existence (and powers) known to humanity. The series lead, lawyer Linnet Ellery, was raised in a powerful vampire household and knows their ways well.

In the previous episode, Linnet started work at the premier White-Fang New York law firm, Ishmael, McGillary and Gold. She came up against werewolves and fell for the firm's PI, Alfar John O'Shea, a changeling raised in a human family. To save Linnet, John unwillingly returned to Elfland where his mother, a powerful Alfar ruler found a way to control him.

As Box Office Poison opens, Linnet is on her way to Los Angeles, along with attractive vampire David Sullivan, a partner in their firm. Ishmael, McGillary and Gold has been selected as in an impartial arbitrator in a Screen Actors Guild dispute. Human actors feel that the gorgeous Alfar have an unnatural advantage and are taking more than their share of juicy roles.

When they arrive, Alfar heartthrob Kerrinan Ta Shena is being pursued in his Ferrari by officials - he's wanted for the murder of his human wife. Kerrinan claims amnesia. As the arbitration progresses, the violence escalates, with the indomitable Linnet in the middle as always - and, as always surviving via improbable luck. She is beginning to wonder where it comes from.

Linnet does not believe in coincidences and starts to investigate what's behind the inexplicable eruptions of Alfar violence. As expected, she solves the case, outs the villain, and even manages to conclude the tricky arbitration. This is a highly entertaining series and I look forward to more!

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