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In Murphy's oddly fuzzy fifth mystery featuring half-Cherokee, half-Irish Seattle police detective Joanne Walker, the usually feisty urban shaman and her psychically gifted partner, Billy Holliday, confront the Seattle Slaughterer, a cannibalistic serial killer who might also be a banshee or a wendigo. Joanne's beginning to appreciate her gifts of healing and Sight, as does her boss, Capt. Michael Morrison, but it's the anniversary of her mother's death, and she's still grieving the loss of Coyote, her Navajo mentor and boyfriend. She's delighted when Coyote suddenly returns, and less thrilled that the investigation requires her to travel into the eerie Lower and Middle World to save victims and confront the monster. Unfortunately, the romantic reunion with Coyote generates few sparks for this low-key installment, and the killer, who should be terrifying, comes off as a scenery-chewing conundrum. (June)
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C.E. Murphy is the author of more than twenty books—along with a number of novellas and comics. Born in Alaska, currently living in Ireland, she does miss central heating, insulation and—sometimes--snow but through the wonders of the internet, her imagination and her close knit family, she’s never bored or lonely. While she does travel through time (sadly only forward, one second at a time) she can also be found online at or @ce_murphy on Twitter

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803149
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C.E. Murphy was born and raised in Alaska and has since moved to her ancestral homeland of Ireland. She lives there with her husband, a chef, and three very spoiled pets.

She's a full-time writer. Thus far her plans to take over the publishing world are proceeding apace.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on June 16, 2010
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Demon Hunts is the fifth book in The Walker Papers series, and by now, Joanne Walker (aka Siobhán Walkingstick) and her friends are familiar staples in my reading library. I've enjoyed to varying degrees watching Joanne mostly bumble along with this whole shaman gig she's always been pretty reluctant about, and while there have been times when her character's reluctance to just accept this new world she's been forced into has frustrated me, I have to admit, overall I've enjoyed the slow and sometimes fitful journey her character has taken to become more and more comfortable and aware of her skills and gifts as well as her calling.

Demon Hunts is no different in that regard, and it managed to capture in very poignant detail that growing up and accepting responsibility is very rarely a painless process. In fact, it's often burdened by farewells we have to say and amends we have to make. It's littered with regrets for past mistakes and tinged with the iridescent sheen of broken childish dreams. It's about doing what needs to be done in the face of criticism and rebuke, no matter the struggle, if the doing is the right thing. Above all that, it demands an acceptance of self that is often uncomfortable and a paradigm shift that is as necessary as it so often is terrifying. And at the very core, that is what Demon Hunts is about. Joanne finally...finally...growing up. That aspect of Demon Hunts was well written, exceptionally well paced, and a little heartbreaking, but there was also humor, self deprecating as only Joanne can do, and hope, and friendship, so it wasn't a totally bleak endeavor.

Unfortunately, the other aspect of Demon Hunts, the threat, crime, and rush to a solution, was bleak enough on its own.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By HHK VINE VOICE on May 28, 2010
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I am a big fan of C.E. Murphy, so it pains me to write a less than glowing review.

Demon Hunts is Book 5 in the Urban Shaman series. I love Joanne and the entire cast of this series- Morrison, Billy, Miranda and Gary. I have been eagerly waiting this installment and even paid for 1 day delivery when I saw Amazon had it available before the June 1st release date.

So.... Joanne battles another paranormal creature. This one is cannabalizing the city of Seattle.
Most of my favorite characters really play very little role here,ie, Morrison, Billy and Miranda. Thankfully Gary and Coyote are in the thick of things.

The action here is repetitive. Joanne tries to kill the creature. It is not really "dead". It comes back, she kills it again, it comes back, etc, etc.

The romance here is thin. Coyote provides some action. Morrison is barely present- what a disappoinment!

After 5 books, I am invested in this series, so I will be getting the next book in 2011, but I will likely not waste my money on expediated shipping!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By acid_raine_burns on April 30, 2012
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To be honest, it took me awhile to get into this series. After a failed attempt at reading the first book, Urban Shaman, I decided to give it another try when a friend suggested that I read it. And, like the Dresden Files, I liked the book the second time around! Even though Joanne was a little annoying and extremely predictable, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed the book. After that, I ended up tearing through the series! However, this book just ended up sitting on my shelf for a year. I think I lost steam and found some other book I as interested in. However, in an attempt to start reading through my TBR pile, I decided to grab this one on a whim.

After Joanne's adventure in the previous book, she is still dealing with the aftermath. Letting everything loose and the imbalance of power, a cannibalistic killer is drawn to her for some unknown reason. To me, the nature of the killer was extremely predictable. I figured it out long before it was stated to the audience. For the sake of not spoiling it, I'm not saying it here.

Sheesh, I don't know how many times I have rewritten this section over and over again! Really, all I have to summarize the book is that someone who was thought lost returns; Corvallis continues to put her nose where it doesn't belong and they end up in a better place; Joanne being confronted with her true role; more angst between her and Morrison; a new spirit guide; and that's about it.

Unfortunately, even though this book is nearly 400 pages, it doesn't feel as though it had much substance. Granted, I wanted to know what happened and how things played out, but I found myself struggling to finish the book. It took all my effort to finish it this afternoon. It took me the greater part of the day to read less than a 100 pages!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Fisk on August 9, 2010
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This is the fifth in a series that I have been reading since the very first book became available. However, I think this one stands out in a way that the others didn't because it shows the series is maturing. Though not a complete reboot with a new cast of characters or anything complicated like that, Demon Hunts shows us a new side of Joanne Walker. Her unbelieving self had become a little bit implausible. Not enough to affect my enjoyment, but hard to sustain over additional books. In Demon Hunts, C. E. Murphy opens us to a new phase in the story. Joanne is no longer a disbeliever. She has come to accept the powers that she's been using quite successfully, if in her own bumbling way, to save Seattle over and over again. This time, however, she has chosen not to fight herself first. She has come to realize that fighting her facts is useless, counterproductive, and likely to get those around her killed.

For the character, this book is one of maturity. She'd been through a lot in the series, and everything is coming together for her. Does this mean her path is easy? Not at all. This novel has everything that I've come to expect from the series: an unknown mythical enemy, friends in odd places, and growth in Joanne's understanding of her shamanistic magic. But that's not all. What demon hunts offers the reader is a Shaman ready to take on and accept the life that was given her. While I enjoyed Joanne's use of analogy and understood her difficulty with believing in a destiny that she'd been unaware of for so long, I look forward to seeing more of this new Joanne. While confident is not quite the right word, she has a complexity to her now. Not only has she stopped seeking simple answers, but she has declared herself ready to grow, ready to learn all those things that she balked at before. She also gained some new allies and developed new techniques that are just fun.
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