Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation.
Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.
DEADLY CURIOSITIES is one scary, creepy book. I grew up with King and Koontz, so it takes a lot to scare me when I’m reading. Or, it takes demons and men who meddle with them, and characters who touch objects and fall into their dark, disturbing history.
The story starts out easy enough, just a simple pair of opera glasses gone wonky. But don’t all horror stories start out on a bright, sunny day? Ah, that lovely false sense of security. DEADLY CURIOSITIES doesn’t stay easy for long. Soon, Cassidy and her business partner Teag are in the thick of it and the scary ramps up to epic. Without giving too much away, the scene at the museum gave me nightmares. Teach me to read before I go to bed.
I loved every character in the story – Cassidy, Teag and Anthony, Lucinda, and most especially Sorren. Oh yeah, and I can’t forget the late-entry, Chuck. He is all kinds of awesome with his no-bullshit manner. DEADLY CURIOSITIES uses magic well and not in the usual spell-casting way. Touch magic, weaver magic, athames and Voudon are spun into the story but not over-used as the cure-all to the bad guys. Magic helps, but the true power is in the user and the tenacity to keep fighting.
I’m definitely headed back into the DEADLY CURIOSITIES world when the next story comes out. There was no romance to speak of (and the fact that I loved it even without that hook should tell you something), but I do have hopes that it might someday. Could be I’m reaching, but time will tell. All I know is for the next one, I’ll be reading in the light of day.
- Deadly Curiosities
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