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Centaur of the Crime: Book One of 'Fantasy and Forensics' (Fantasy & Forensics 1) by [Angel, Michael]
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"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: michaelangelwriter.com.

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  • File Size: 1373 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Banty Hen Publishing (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055KUDAM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 CSI/NCIS type entertainment. Dayna Chrissie, Office of the Medical Examiner in LA, is dedicated, good at her job, strong, feisty, funny and direct. She is easy to develop a sense of, and to care about. When she investigates a dead body in a construction site and finds the supervisor who hassles her there and manages to cause him some problems and then ends up being shot at, and then her day gets worse, I cared and wanted to keep reading. When she finds herself in a medieval world with magical beings for friends and enemies, I was hooked. I quickly finished this story and the second in the series, The Deer Prince's Murder (which isn't listed here on goodreads yet for some reason) which is also very entertaining. Considering that I spend a lot of time imagining imaginary worlds as I both read and write in the genre, it was a delight to find a novel with a lot of twists I had never imagined, but I won't tell you what they are. It is a quick, uncomplicated novel to read for the fun of it, and it is fun.
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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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It starts off and just never stops. After reading the first paragraph, I realize that I found another keeper author. Just read the book preview on Amazon. This is not the type of SF that I usually buy. BUT, the action, plots in plots, romance, clean reading, police, CSI, Griffin, and Centaur, just make it so, that you can not go to bed without finishing this book. The book outline is review by others, but for me, I am just thrilled that they have book 2 out so I can continue the story. .
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Bought this as WhisperSync on the cheap, but it is worth paying real money for all the laughs it brings. Hint: Don't try listening/reading this one while in a crowded waiting room, people look at you funny when you spontaneously react to things. Won't do a recap or spoilers, just think Temperance Brennan in LA with friends of Jim Butcher. Including the snarkiness.
The audio performer, Katrina Carmody, is a conundrum. She is involved, pleasantly voiced, and emotive, but there are these occasional peculiar word pronunciations. And we won't really get into a personal pet peeve about CAValry vs CALvary. Even so, she gives depth and adds to the fun.
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I know it is a cliche, but I could barely put this book down and gave up a fair amount of sleep to get through it as quickly as I could.. I really wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters and how they were going to resolve the mystery they found themselves in the middle of when a body is found in an urban setting. Of course this genre requires that you suspend your dependence on reality to think things make sense, but Michael Angel paints vivid pictures you can easily see in your mind. As he describes them and brings you into their worlds, you respect and care for centaurs, griffins, fairy-like deer, wise old owls and Dayna Crissie, who is a strong, smart woman detective from the medical examiner's office. By the end of the book there are no loose ends which I really appreciate. There is humor, an appreciation for psychology that helps in figuring out the motives of the bad guys and in manipulating mythical creatures to do the right thing. There is even a little sexy banter. While I got this book for free, it is worth paying for.
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