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Editorial Reviews

Performer Romy Nordlinger is pitch-perfect casting for urban fantasy Hard Magic's narrator Bonnie Torres, a smart, feisty scryer who can read electric currents for clues to solve crimes committed by other magic-wielding talents. Nordlinger brings to life Laura Anne Gilman's ragtag team of lovingly crafted characters at once colorful and credible, from Bonnie's old-money mentor, J, to her intense, lonejack boss, Venec.
Gilman's high-concept parallel world weaves together political intrigue, the mysteries the mercenary agency is charged with investigating, and Bonnie's coming of age story as she strikes out on her own.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to P.U.P.I. - Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations. A handpicked team trained to solve crimes the regular police can't touch - crimes of magic.
"My name's Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user, and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn't applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work - so off I went. Two days later I'm a PUPI - me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty, and Pietr. Five 20-somethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic.
"The first job we get is a doozy: proving that the deaths of two Talents were murder, not suicide. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away. We're sniffing out things they'd rather keep buried. Looks as if this job is gonna get interesting. The only problem is, we're making it up as we go along...."
©2010 Laura Anne Gilman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Sarah on 09-30-13

Great all round and terrific narrator!

I loved this. It was suspenseful and romy nordlinger was spot on with her narration. Looking forward to the next!

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By Leanna on 07-08-14

Home run!

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Laura Anne Gilman has created a wonderful new leading lady, Bonnie Torres. While most readers/listeners will not be able to relate to her affluence, everyone can relate to her immaturity and free acceptance of love in all its glorious shapes, colors, and smells. Bonnie is truly a flawed heroine that we can all enthusiastically support. Romy Nordlinger does a great job bringing this novel to life.

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By Maureen on 05-05-14

Overall good

I didn't know what to make of this at first but it pulled me in. I think the ideas were fun and exciting and the author is pretty good. Overall good listen and fun. I must say the narrator Romy Nordlinger is exceptionally good and made the experience for me.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

By sharon on 09-28-13

Forensic magic...

I liked Bonnie, she's finding herself and trying to stand on her own two feet away from her loving albeit overbearing mentor. After a very unusual interview she becomes part of a team called P.U.P.I 'Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations'.
The general magical community is very much against this new organisation and the fledgling force knows it will struggle to survive.
Each in the team have something to contribute and must get over their ego's to be able to work together. Ian their boss will have it no other way.
There are some gaping holes in the world and I found it very difficult to believe why the magical community would have such an aversion to a team specializing in magical crime without being affiliated to any one else bar themselves, plus I could not understand why Bonnie never really confronted the enigmatic Vasic, no spoilers here just saying.
Despite this the magical world L.G has created is intricate and clever, the characters fully fleshed out and engaging, it's magical C.S.I with bells on.
Looking forward to how this series pans out.
Mustn't forget to mention Romy Nordlinger, great narration.

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