18 February 2012

Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy

Author: C.E. Murphy
Title: Demon Hunts
Series: Walker Paper #5
Pages: 361
Source: Library

Seattle police detective Joanne Walker started the year mostly dead, and she's ending it trying not to be consumed by evil. Literally.
She's proven she can handle the gods and the walking dead. But a cannibalistic serial killer? That's more than even she bargained for. What's worse, the brutal demon can only be tracked one way. If Joanne is to stop its campaign of terror, she'll have to hunt it where it lives: the Lower World, a shamanistic plane of magic and spirits.
Trouble is, Joanne's skills are no match for the dangers she's about to face--and her on-the-job training could prove fatal to the people she's sworn to protect

For the most part, this series leads me to think of what it might have been, instead of what it now is. It could easily have been a great series, but it isn't. Not by a long shot. I had thought the series was starting to look up when the author began to portray a different side of Joanne - a more likeable side. But alas, it seems like that was only a flash in the pan.

Dimwit Joanne seems to be making a comeback in full force: rude, obnoxious, and with very little to recommend her. In this book, this was not just Joanne, but every other female character. It made reading such a chore.

Unfortunately the plot was also uninteresting - the search for a cannibalistic serial killer...sounds interesting, but the execution was a failure.

Not recommended.

1. Urban Shaman
2. Thunderbird Falls
3. Coyote Dreams
4. Walking Dead


  1. The mystery of this story is very interesting--it involves a wendigo and it forces Joanne to continue expanding her perception of her power and the realities in which she works. However, what is more interesting is Joanne's journey in this book. She comes face to face with people from her past and has to begin the difficult process of knitting together her life from before her tragedy at 15 with her present life. She also becomes more aware of the significance of her mother's death in the spiritual world and her place in it.

    1. Hey Brasil. Unfortunately, I didn't like Joanne's journey in this book. It felt like all the maturity she'd gained in books 3 and 4 were washed down the drain :( - she had started to come to terms with her life and her place in the world, and the all of a sudden she goes back to old Joanne, whom I hate.

      I am glad you enjoyed the mystery though. I might have enjoyed it more if new Joanne was present.


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