Flying through the night sky is amazing...especially when you're a spy.
Tall, athletic Mercedes McCartney is good at what she does - shaping clay into art. Supporting the downtrodden in the town of Woodland Creek. Oh - and transforming herself into a crow to fly the night sky, the wind in her feathers, soaring over landscapes, vistas, and endless wonder as she sources secrets and eavesdrops on people's folly.
Coming back to Earth sucks...unless you uncover the truth.
Mercedes is horrified when she comes upon the dead body of her best friend, Elena Iris, at her favorite place, Nightmoon Creek. Nearby, stands the very much alive hot guy she's been pursuing, Lennon Lusk. He's a suspect. She's a suspect. Mercedes' next mission becomes a big one - find out who really killed Elena, even if it means sacrificing her lust for Lusk.
She needs answers, fast. Her best clues come from a cat named Muffin and following her instinct, spying on the townsfolk. She uncovers secrets, lies and plots that fracture the calm appearance Woodland Creek presents. Only insiders know the truth. And insiders want Mercedes McCartney dead.
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A few things, I had some slight issues with the narrators pronunciations The narrator not using the work ax "She axed a question" no, she didn't ax a question...she asked it, there is a difference. The narrators voice was nice to listen to overall, it was just the pronunciation issue.
I also had a major issue with the "hero" of the book offering his 17 year old nephew pot and alcohol. Yes, it might seem minor to some or even weird that it ticked me off but it did....if my brother or sister offered that to my kids we'd have more than just a few words between us. Drug use of any sort has negative impacts, especially on a developing brain...a 17 year old brain is not fully developed. Okay, off my soap box
Also how the heroine, Mercedes, still melts when she thinks about Lennon, even though she suspects him of killing her best friend? Doesn't make sense to me
Cut the drug references. Made Mercedes a little stronger, does she have to cream her panties every time she thinks of Lennon Lusk, even when she thinks he brutally murdered her best friend?
She had some really basic narration errors. I did like her voice overall, it was very smooth and silky. I would give her another chance as a narrator
*I received this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review through audioblast.com*
I really wanted to like this book, it had an interesting concept on shape shifters and the magic world. I liked how the town was a safe haven for them, and I loooooved the idea of an underground railroad for shifters.
I didn't buy how all of a sudden almost the entire town that Mercedes has lived in her entire life turns against her and thinks she could have killed her best friend because she was jealous.
Also, how did Lennon not figure out she was a shifter right away, especially after she got crow wings in his coat? With his knowledge you'd think that would spring to mind pretty quickly.
I loved the Mercedes perspective as a crow, and I was glad that the author didn't stick to just one mythology type to explain shifters and their possible jobs
I did figure out who the real killer was about half way through the book, the other crimes committed by that person didn't shock me either. I'm surprised that that person didn't come up on Mercedes radar earlier.