Night of the Dark Horse – Janni Nell – 3 stars

April 10, 2013 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0



The Blurb:

Just another typical week in the life of a paranormal investigator.

I had barely arrived in Ireland to investigate a pooka terrorizing the villagers of Dingaleen when I got called to ride the fairy horse myself. When a pooka calls, you answer–and hold on for dear life.

Unfortunately, the beast tossed me into a bog. Fortunately, my gorgeous guardian angel fished me out. Just barely.

You see, Casper is still weak from tangling with an evil spirit on our last case. So he’s not even much help to me in the land o’ the green. The powers-that-be are even hinting at retirement…

But I won’t lose Casper. Not now. Not ever. As luck would have it, I have a chance, albeit a slim one, to save him and get the answers I need to solve the pooka case–if I just take a wee trip through Fairyland. Except angels aren’t welcome there, humans can’t eat, drink or sleep there, and time is running out.

An Allegra Fairweather Mystery

56,000 words


My Thoughts:

Another cute entry in the series with an ending I was very happy with.

Allegra is at it again but this time in Ireland where she has been called in to help a village get rid of the pooka that has been tormenting them.  She’s at a bit of a disadvantage as her normal guardian is a bit under the weather and trying to heal from their last adventure.  As we watch her struggle to solve the mystery of who the pooka is and why it is so pissed off at the villagers we get to see why she is so capable of doing this whole paranormal investigator thing even without Casper’s help getting out of all the predicaments she manages to get it.  She gets to heal some old wounds from her past and we get to see what exactly is most important to her.  I like her even when she behaves like a moron because I think all of us have those moments when our brain takes a momentary time out and we do/say things we didn’t mean to.

Casper makes the whole book worth it for me.  I love seeing how much he really cares for her and his struggles with needing to heal which means leaving her behind.  He always wants to be there to support her but things may not cooperate to make that possible.  The Powers That Be are aware of his unusual closeness with his charge but as they haven’t completely crossed the line maybe that isn’t the issue.  He’s weak in this one from a physical standpoint but watching him still try to do what’s right was sweet.

I liked the story of the pooka and learning more about the Fae and other magical creatures.  I still need to go back and get a better look at the beginning stories in this series but this one was enjoyable.

Thanks to and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  As always with this and other Carina Press titles please click the link on my sidebar to grab copies of them.  I’ve had great luck with titles put out by them so go give them a chance.

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