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Product Details

  • Series: Luna Books
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803316
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gilman's deft plotting and first-class characters complement her agile blend of science and spell craft, and readers will love the Mythbusters-style fun of smart, sassy people solving mysteries through experimentation, failure, and blowing stuff up."

-Publishers Weekly on Hard Magic, starred review

"Features fast-paced action, wisecracking dialogue, and a pair of strong, appealing heroes."

-Library Journal on Curse the Dark

"An intelligent and utterly gripping fantasy thriller, by far the best of the Retrievers series to date."

-Publishers Weekly on Free Fall, starred review

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 www.lauraannegilman.net

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on November 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Bonnie's still hard at work along with her fellow teammates working paranormal crime scenes to get to the root of the offense. They've slowly been able to establish some credibility, though nothing is ever easy as they are treading in untested waters. Working two cases at once shouldn't have posed a problem, but then some crazy things start happening and everything gets turned upside down. To make matters worse a faceless creature is loose in the city wreaking havoc and the team seems to be its latest target.

To be honest, Tricks of the Trade was a little overwhelming at times. There just seemed to be too much going on at once to really follow. Not only were there two cases, but there also was the Merge issue as well as another fatae mess stirring the pot. To make matters worse was that the pups kept getting switched around in their assigned jobs that it was too hard to keep track of it all. At times I found myself really frustrated to the point of losing interest. This was all with having the knowledge from the first two books on how things work. It would be almost impossible to pick the series up at this point without that foundation, and even then some of the magical aspects still baffled me. I think if one or two of the issues had been removed, the book would have been a lot more enjoyable, but as it was, things just seemed crowded.

Tricks of the Trade was every bit as much about the cases as it was the ongoing issue of the Merge between Bonnie and Ben. It is such a rare thing that they don't really know its full reaches or what to fully expect. That would be fine and good, and the mystery of it all would be quite interesting if that had been the only issue. However, both Bonnie and Ben are fighting the thing tooth and nail to the point of sheer stubbornness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VampireNovelFan on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
*ARC Provided by Net Galley*

The pieces are all there for Laura Anne Gilman's Tricks of the Trade. Your enjoyment will simply depend on your tastes as a reader. If you want mystery, there is tons of it. If you want mythical creatures, you get that too with a little comedy along the way. Basically, it delivers what it promises. Our protagonists are detectives of the PUPI (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations) organization. It's supposed to be pronounced as "puppy", but my Kindle's text-to-speech doesn't seem to understand that. I'll let you guess what it sounds like instead, but I can say that I got in a few immature chuckles at first. Anyway, these detectives have magical powers which allow them to solve paranormal cases. Interestingly enough, electronics interfere with their magic use, so they can't use them. There are two cases: one is a murder mystery surrounding a murder/break-in, while the other looks to be an even bigger issue with an ancient creature targeting them.

To get to the bottom of everything they of course hit snags along the way, both professionally and personally. The POV switches between the main character, Bonnie, and her boss and reluctant love-interest, Venec. I usually don't read a lot of books that switch between POVs and I found it a little confusing at times. It may have been because the ARC I received was not formatted. The only way I could signal the change was the switch from first person (for Bonnie) to third person (for Venec).

This series is supposedly standalone. They are all from Bonnie's POV, though you get references to the cases in previous books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on January 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Why read: Requested from Netgalley

What impressed me: Bonnie and Ben. With each book, their connection (metaphysically or whatnot) becomes more and more evident. Their struggle against it becomes almost laughable, yet remains completely realistic. Now we're finally getting to the point where it needs to be accepted and where they can go from here since it's obviously not going away, but getting stronger. And now that the others are becoming more aware of the connection, a blatant move is going to be made. It has to be.

What disappointed me: As we go further along in the series, I find that the magic is being explained less fully. While this makes sense in the scope of any series, the originality of the magic in these books can make it a little difficult to follow sometimes where things aren't spelled out completely for the reader.

Recommended: For fans of the series, definitely. Others will want to start at the beginning to fully appreciate the character development.

Continue series: Yup. The cases themselves are always interesting, but I'm more than that, I find myself very invested in Bonnie and Ben's relationship.
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By Amazon Customer on September 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like this series of books. It's well written, fast paced, and filled with adolescent angst. Well written, not typos or grammatical errors, good concept, and there is really nothing better than SciFan detective series. Easy to read, and well developed characters.
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By mykel on February 7, 2013
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The PUPI books are all fun, and this is no exception. It is a little heavy distracting because Bonnie is distracted by her "merge" with Venec. The Mystery is well worked as usual.
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