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Centaur of the Crime: Book One of 'Fantasy and Forensics' (Fantasy & Forensics 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Angel
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Book Description

C.S. Lewis meets CSI…when Amazon Bestselling author Michael Angel presents a brand new fantasy series: ‘Fantasy & Forensics’.

She’s the LAPD’s best corpse-kicker. Dayna Chrissie, LAPD’s leading Crime Scene Analyst, enjoys nothing more than finding the one clue that can solve a crime. The day she finds a golden medallion on a body that's been dumped at a downtown construction site, she doesn't think it’s that out of the ordinary. Until that medallion transports her to the magical world of Andeluvia.

She must find a killer in time to stop a war. Dayna discovers that she's been summoned to solve the murder of the realm's king, before war breaks out between Andeluvia and the Centaur Kingdom. Trouble is, no one seems to want peace when warfare offers chances for riches and glory – so Dayna ends up with a team of cast-offs: a centaur wizard with father issues, a brash griffin warrior, and the world’s unluckiest magical deer.

And the trail leads where she least expects it…back home! When the trail of evidence brings Dayna and her new friends back from Andeluvia to Los Angeles, she must use all of her forensic knowledge in order to solve the case.

The price of failure? A war that will kill millions and devastate Andeluvia.

Hope she works best under pressure.

Books in the ‘Fantasy & Forensics’ Series:
Centaur of the Crime
The Deer Prince’s Murder – available here on Amazon at:
Grand Theft Griffin (Coming 2015)

Included with this story are preview chapters of Book Two in the ‘Fantasy & Forensics’ series: The Deer Prince’s Murder.

Reviews of ‘Fantasy & Forensics’:
"This clever, humorous fantasy springs to life from page one..."
-- Publisher's Weekly

“Fast-paced action and sly wit make Angel’s writing irresistible fun.” — Rebecca Moesta, NYT Bestselling co-author of Young Jedi Knights

Editorial Reviews


"This clever, humorous fantasy springs to life from page one with crisp description, punchy writing, and a likeable heroine in Los Angeles crime scene investigator Dayna Chrissie...Dayna is pulled from contemporary hard-boiled-detective scenes in contemporary L.A. to the Middle Ages, where she is promptly delivered to a centaur named Galen to assist in solving the murder of King Benedict...The story is then firmly planted as a fish-out-of-water tale in which contemporary and medieval worlds meet - and the mystery exists in both."  -- Publisher's Weekly

"...the story's development, quick moving scenarios and pacing allows the reader to get carried away..."  
-- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Expert Reviewer

About the Author

Michael Angel's worlds of fiction range from the unicorn-ruled realm of the Morning Land to the gritty 'Fringe Space' of the western Galactic Frontier. Author of the bestselling The Detective & The Unicorn, his books populate shelves in languages from Russian to Portuguese.
He currently resides in Southern California. Alas, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or pegasi, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard. Michael Angel's welcome mat is out at his website, so feel free to visit:

Product Details

  • File Size: 1334 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Banty Hen Publishing (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055KUDAM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever fantasy! August 1, 2014
By Leiah
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Dayna Chrissie is the lead Crime Scene Analyst for the LAPD, and from the perspective of a former crime scene analyst, I found myself breaking out in laughter at just how apt our first introduction to Dayna is. Michael Angel really “gets it.” CSI may be “sexy” to the television watching public – but it really isn’t sexy in real life!

As Dayna arrives at the crime scene where we first meet her, she cracked me up right away. First, we have the idiotic politico, Deputy Chief McClatchy, whose response to the murder in question is to send beat cops swarming all over the crime scene, stomping any possible evidence into the ground, and telling the “scene techies” to “Hurry up, we’ve got real work to do,” is spot on, and her response to him, which has him running for a puke bucket, is hysterical. Then there is her description of her crime scene wear; ‘the overall which assures that her hips stay slim and the cottage cheese stays off her thighs,’ because, damn those things are hot, and her “Stompy Gothic Boots of Doom” (They wouldn’t win any awards on the fashion runway. But they would keep corpse juices out of my socks.) Angel caught my attention right away. If you can make me laugh and identify with the main character that quickly, you have my attention. And Angel never lost it.

This particular scene is an odd case, to say the least. Peculiar clothing is only the start. Besides bullet wounds, there is a huge, charcoaled hole in the middle of his chest and Dayna has no idea how it was caused. Add that to “python-like” patterning all over his face and upper body, well, he is a puzzle wrapped inside a riddle, forensics wise.

Oh, but this isn’t the oddest thing. Oh, no. For Dayna finds an odd gold coin inside the body – a gold coin that transports her to another world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This story aims dead centaur... December 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Centaur of the Crime" by Michael Angel is a cross-world fantasy novel. On the one side, you have the backdrop of Los Angeles, and on the other you have a magical realm with kingdoms, griffons, gentle magical deer, owl accountants - separated from our own world by a dimensional gateway.

And Dayna Crissie, an LAPD foresnics technician, is needed on the other side.

We have a novel that combines two of my favorite literary genres; fantasy and police procedurals, focused on something virtually universal amongst the myriad worlds - Murder Most Foul (tm).

One note up front - there is no "sturm und drang" here. While serious matters are underway, this book is not filled with angst. I won't go so far as to call it "the feel-good novel of the year", but it does contain a plethora of humorous bits. Some of the humor works (like the Quetzacoatl mural joke), and some fall utterly flat (The "irish cop" joke, but in Los Angeles (et al)?). Comedy writing is harder than you think. TV sitcoms notwithstanding.

The narrative of the story flows well, told in the first person, and unlike some other recent reads, the protagonist's litany of good-natured grousing and slightly cynical observations immediately make her both accessible and likeable. The more you read about Dayna Crissie, the more likeable she is, which makes the myriad travails so much more enjoyable to read.

There are any number of places where a reader determined to be hyper-critical could find fault; all the people speak English, for example. The fantasy realm has magic, and we have technology - but the magic is just as effective in our world as it is in theirs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun fantasy murder mystery May 11, 2013
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Enjoyable story with engaging characters. the same wry humor as "The Detective and the Unicorn." I would read more books by tis author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy and Forensics...Great Fun! August 3, 2014
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This is easily one of the best stories that I've read this Summer! Taking concept of Portal Fantasies in new direction; not just by having the main character, Dayna Chrissie, visit the Fantasy realm of Andeluvia, but also bringing her friends, Galen the centaur, Shaw the griffin, and Liam the Faylene to our world. The story has a great blend of things from our world and that of the Fantasy realm including interesting characters, fun dialogue, and a murder mystery to boot.

The author's writer style is very entertaining and encourages me to seek out more of is novels. I highly recommend this story for those who are fans of Fantasy, Portal Fantasies (Narnia), and even murder mysteries. You'll love the characters and the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not your normal CSI story October 24, 2011
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Dayna Chrissie is a forensic examiner, on contract with the Los Angeles Police Department. Besides being a civilian, she's female, which means the sworn officers try doubly hard to push her around. At least that's her story, and she's sticking to it.

She starts out a a little too cute for my taste, in her "stompy gothic boots of doom" and deploying her "Chrissie Scale of Stinkiness" at the crime scene. When a detail at the crime scene got her pulse "pumping like I'd gone down to Starbucks and mainlined a Venti espresso", I was afraid the book was going to be unreadably purple.

Fortunately, in Chapter 2, Chrissie hits her stride with the details of the forensic examination of the crime scene, and Chrissie gets out of the way of the story.

Dayna Chrissie is called to the scene of an apparent body dump. But what an odd body it is.

The man is wearing clothes by no known manufacturer. There are no labels, and none of the details on every other line of clothing in the country. He bears severe injuries from a large, bladed weapon, and a hole in his chest from a gun. And his skin is marked with the pattern of what turns out to be mail armor.

And while she's investigating, a sniper fires shots at her. Not a good start to any investigation.

A trinket taken from the crime scene transports Chrissie to Andeluvia, a realm where magic works, a centaur cum wizard named Galen is her assistant, and a king used to be the head of government. Used to be, that is, until he was murdered.

But murdered he was, and it seems the centaurs may be to blame. If the crime isn't cleared up in three days, humans and centaurs are set to go to war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy and Science? Yes
This story really is what it was advertised as, "CSI meets CS Lewis." It satisfied my love of magical stories of other worlds, and good old fashioned mystery novels, and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pandorasecho
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
enjoyable fantasy with likeable characters. the book was humorous and a quick, fun read. if you are looking for a csi like police procedural, this isnt it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wes
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Fantasy Mystery
The tagline "CSI meets CS Lewis" probably tells you if you are interested in this book. It delivers on that promise, a murder mystery set in a high fantasy world of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting book with a lot of twists and turns.
Published 3 months ago by Lynn Brumwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Detective Novel Lite
I enjoyed the tone of this book. A mix of detective and fantasy, with a protagonist who took every oddball twist in stride as she worked through a maze of intrigue. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wise Old Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great fun.
Ok, I have read a lot of fantasy stories and this one ranks up with some of the best. It is well written and the story moves along well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A procedural with heraldic beasts
What do you get when you mix up a police procedural, a gotta-save-the-world plot, and the Fantasy Island of Misfit Toys? Centaur of the Crime. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Entertaining
As a reader I give a book 50 pages to hook me and sometimes 100 if the author is lucky, Angel hooked me in the first five. Centaur of the Crime is both engaging and entertaining. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by celticmom1967
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Michael Angel's worlds of fiction range from the unicorn-ruled realm of the Morning Land to the gritty 'Fringe Space' of the western Galactic Frontier. He's the author of the bestselling Centaur of the Crime - where C.S. Lewis meets CSI. His books populate shelves in languages from Russian to Portuguese.

Michael currently resides in Southern California. Alas, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or galactic marshals, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard.

Book Series:
Fantasy & Forensics: Centaur of the Crime, The Deer Prince's Murder
Strangelets with a Side of Grilled Spam: Strangelets Episodes 1-4, Strangelets Season One
Fringe Space Tales: A Shovelful of Stars, Pay To Pray, Dogfight, A Planet Torn

Standalone Novels:
The Detective & The Unicorn
I Married the Third Horseman
The Wizard, The Warlord, and The Hidden Woman
Treasure of the Silver Star
The Adventures of Amanda Love

Collections and Novellas
So a Dragon, a Muse, and an Alien Walk Into a Bar...
Gatekeeper and Goddess
Predators and Prey
Deepest Fears
Three Acts of Courage
Strange Powers, Stranger Places
Crisis Points
Love's Origins
Blood, Sweat, and Fears (an 18-story compendium)
Fringe Space Tales - All of the books in the Amanda Love Universe

Short Stories
23 and counting! Check them out in Amazon's listings below...

Michael Angel's welcome mat is out at Or, feel free to stop by and say 'hello' to the kind folks who publish his material at

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