cover image Deja Who

Deja Who

MaryJanice Davidson. Berkley, $15 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-0-425-27039-4

Davidson (Danger, Sweetheart) spins a suspenseful and witty series launch about two investigators: one a PI and one a psychic. In Davidson’s version of the present day, about 70% of people can remember some or all of their past lives, and psychic insighters can help others remember and deal with multiple incarnations. When Chicago insighter Leah Nazir grills people about their past lives, she often uncovers recollections of famous crimes. (Several of the characters are based upon actual historical criminals.) Leah’s estranged mother hires somewhat bumbling PI Archer Drake to tail Leah, and he promptly falls in love with her—even after she stabs him. Banter worthy of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy ensues. But someone close to Leah is murdered, and she becomes the prime suspect, leaving readers wondering how Leah and Archer—and their romance—will survive this incarnation. The fantastical premise is easily carried by Davidson’s strong plotting, wry prose, and deft characterizations. Romance is in fairly short supply, mostly passed over in favor of past lives and kooky characters, but there’s plenty here for fans of wit and wonder. Agent: Evan Gregory, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (Sept.)