Staff Review: The SPI Files

If you enjoy reading humorous urban fantasy books, you will like Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files novels. SPI stands for Supernatural Protection & Investigations, which is the covert agency that makes sure that all the supernatural beings who live among us play nicely. That isn’t as easy as it sounds, at least, that’s what Makenna Fraser discovers when she leaves her tabloid writing days behind her and joins the New York SPI office. Mac is a seer, someone who can look through any disguise, shield or spell and see the real being behind the façade. Since she’s a non-combatant, she’s been assigned to a human partner, Ian Byrne, who acts as her trainer/ baby-sitter. And that’s when the fun begins!

The Grendel Affair (#1)

When Mac decides to help a friend get rid of a Bavarian nachtgnome, she doesn’t know that she’ll soon be in danger up to her eyeballs after she discovers a room full of body parts. That and a series of violent murders are just the beginning as she and her colleagues are soon on the trail of a pair of Grendels who are poised to expose the supernatural world to the mundane world at the New Year’s Eve ball drop. To add to the difficultly of hunting these beasts, the Grendels have been given cloaking devices, so Mac is the only person who can see them. How can she assist the Grendel hunters and avoid being eaten? Read to find out.

The Dragon Conspiracy (#2)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is holding a gala event featuring mythical creatures. Mac and other agents from the New York SPI office are on hand to watch over the collection when the statue of harpies comes to life and steals the seven cursed Dragon Eggs. Each jewel is magically powerful on its own, but together, they can “cure” every supernatural being in New York City – if by curing you mean turning them back into humans. That’s not a good idea for long-lived beings like vampires or werewolves. Will Mac be able to find and disarm the Dragon Eggs before her friends and colleagues turn into dust? Read to find out.

These books and other urban fantasies can be found on the shelves at the Chesapeake Public Library. Also, take a peek at our e-book collection for your favorite authors.  Something new is being added all the time!


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