cover image Flight from Mayhem

Flight from Mayhem

Yasmine Galenorn. Berkley, $7.99 mass market (336p) ISBN 978-0-425-27216-9

Galenorn delivers suspense, myth, and stunningly relatable characters in her second Fly by Night paranormal contemporary (after Flight from Death), which continues the saga of blue dragon shape-shifter Shimmer and her coworkers at the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Shimmer has finally begun dating Alex, her boss. She’s getting the hang of being in Seattle rather than her home realm, the Dragon Reaches, and settling in to her desolate, haunted neighborhood, the only place she can afford to live. As if the spirits in the neighborhood aren’t enough to complicate her life, the agency has a new case: someone is killing elderly fae, and one of Shimmer’s dearest friends could be the next victim. There are a lot of vampire, fae, and shifter identities to keep track of, but each character is someone the reader can imagine befriending. The suspense builds, layer by layer, as the central mystery is addressed and a wide variety of smaller, more personal issues are teased out, leaving readers with an almost desperate need to know what happens next. Each detail seems specifically chosen to enhance immersion into a beautiful, complicated setting. Agent: Meredith Bernstein, Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency. (Aug.)