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Product Details

  • Series: Paranormal Scene Investigations (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803248
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Gilman follows 2010's Hard Magic with another winning mix of snappy writing and a fun and intelligent story about crime-solving magic users. Bonita Torres loves working with Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations (PUPI), but the team's latest case, the attempted rape of a magical ki-rin's human companion, has her on edge. The ki-rin killed one assailant and partially disemboweled the other, and everything looks simple until the survivor claims she was used as bait. Human/nonhuman relations are already unstable and could explode if PUPI can't figure out what really happened. Riding on the case are a woman's reputation, a man's death, and the future of PUPI. Grabbing readers from the get-go, Gilman delivers style and substance with layers of mystery, science, politics, romance, and old-fashioned investigative work mixed with high-tech spellcraft. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the “Retrievers” and “Paranormal Scene Investigations” urban fantasy series), and the Nebula award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy from Pocket, as well as the YA trilogy GRAIL QUEST for Harper. Her first story collection is DRAGON VIRUS and she continues to write and sell short fiction in a variety of genres. Follow her at @LAGilman or

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Yet, despite Bonnie's Bi status, she doesn't pursue any women with as much vigor as she does men.
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Each member of PUPI has their own specialty and even though Bonita is our main character, we still learn a bit more of the rest of the cast in this book.
A will written paranormal mystery/thriller with interesting well developed characters, lots of action, a little romance, and a good surprise ending.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in the Paranormal Scene Investigations Series and I did not get a chance to read the first book, Hard Magic. I was easily able to start with book 2 and not feel like I was missing any valuable information. I like when a book in a series can also stand on its own so this was a good thing in my opinion. The main character Bonnie is a member of P.U.P.I (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations). The team is like a paranormal CSI and I really liked following along as they worked to solve a crime. The case that they are called in to solve is very interesting and that is not always the case in UF where sometimes the paranormal elements overshadow the mystery.

Bonnie is unapologetically a girl who does what she wants and I like that about her. She drinks and she gets physical with a man because she can and does not expect a relationship to follow or try to force one. Let's be real, she is a young unmarried woman and I think that behavior is realistic and I like that! She does not step over the line with that behavior though to become some stereotype, which I hate. I appreciate when a character is relatable especially in an urban fantasy novel where we are asked to suspend disbelief about so much else.

Besides Bonnie, the team is made up of other fun characters and I think we get a pretty good feel for their personalities. There are two bosses, Ian and Ben, and I enjoyed the scenes involving them. Ian has a storyline involving his sister and I enjoyed that extra bit of family dynamic. Of course I could not leave out the romance. I really enjoyed the slow burn of this one. I was never sure exactly what direction she was ultimately going to go and I enjoyed the ride.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By @Julia_ATUF on January 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

I have always been a sucker for magic mixed with realism, for me, mundane details about a fantastical premise make everything that much more enjoyable and plausible. Laura Anne Gilman is a master at this style of storytelling, and easily juggles realistic mystery, racial and political infighting, and a rich magical tradition. All of these elements were a slam dunk in her Retrievers series and continue to delight in the spin off Paranormal Scene Investigations books.

Despite inhabiting a parallel time frame to the much beloved Retrievers storyline, I have no difficulty viewing HARD MAGIC and PACK OF LIES as their own stand alone series. Gilman writes well for a broad audience, providing enough detail for new readers without any danger of overloading us old fans with unnecessary retreads. This is especially true in PACK OF LIES, which felt like a much more concise, well-balanced read than it's predecessor. HARD MAGIC did the heavy lifting of establishing Bonnie's back story and setting up her current job, PACK OF LIES benefits from that foundation with a fast, thrilling pace from start to finish.

Neither police nor civilians, hired by clients but ultimately working for the truth, the PUPI investigation squad has a lot at stake with every case they take on. Bonnie and her co-workers are blazing new trails, using their magical skills to investigate crimes, and one slip up can seriously damage their credibility with the magical community. I really enjoyed how PUPI is unfettered by traditional police procedural rules.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandy on March 18, 2011
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I must admit I was not looking forward to reading this book because I didn't care for the first one. It's not a bad book it just pretty much giving you the background/setup for future books. I'm now glad I read the first one and would recommend that you do so too. I picked the second one up (Pack of Lies) because this one got such good reviews that I thought I should check it out. Boy I'm glad I did. It starts off with a bang and doesn't let up until the end. The PUPI (private unaffiliated paranormal investigations) are out to find the facts about an attack on a ki-rin and its companion. A ki-rin is a rare and ancient breed that you show upmost respect to and you never question their integrity. While the gang is trying to figure that puzzle, they are also under attack from another front. Did I mention the sexual tension between Bonnie (a PUPI investigator) and her boss Ben? Yikes it is hot, hot, hot. Pack of lies is a very good book that I highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on January 24, 2011
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The PUPI team gets a case that seems pretty open and shut. However, they quickly realize things are much more complicated. Tensions rise between the humans and the fatae and it will only take a single spark to ignite a dangerous showdown. Its up to the team to get to the bottom of the case before it's too late. Meanwhile other tensions are brewing as unexplained events happen between Bonnie and Ben making it harder for her to ignore her feelings for him. It seems almost everything is this book is only one step away from disaster and it's up to the team to walk that fine line without stepping over the edge.

My biggest frustration about the last book was the extremely slow pacing. This book however, really picked it up. As soon as they pick up the case, it becomes a roller coaster ride to solve it. I really love how the team or "pack" is really working great together now. While they still clash at times, they really have solidified their bonds and will stick together through it all. I really love how all of them interact, especially the "big dog bosses." Despite their gruff exteriors you can tell that underneath they really care for their "puppies."

This book had some major sexual tension. Bonnie has always been extremely open about her personal life and sexual preferences, or lack there of as she doesn't discriminate on gender. However, for once she may just have some secrets. From the start she has had a major attraction to one of the bosses, Ben Venec. In this book, it becomes apparent that he has some serious attraction to her as well. They both know it would only be a recipe for disaster so they try their best to stay away from each other. But some pretty strange things start happening between them that make it almost impossible to stay apart.
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