Booked for Murder by R.J. Blain
Life as a bodyguard and driver for the rich, famous, and powerful is dangerous on a good day, and after sustaining a crippling injury while on duty, Janette’s left with few options. Having signed a ‘for life’ contract but unable to work, she uses her skills to disappear.
Her new life as a librarian suits her. Nobody cares she limps and sometimes requires a cane to walk. She’s wanted for her knowledge, not her lethal magic. She’s surrounded by books, a woman’s best friend.
But when her former employer’s best friend is murdered on the steps of her library, old loyalties and secrets might destroy her—or set her free.
Teaming up with her co-workers to find the killer might keep her from being booked for murder, but unless she’s careful, she’ll find out exactly how far her ex-boss will go to reclaim what is rightfully his.
Her. For life.
This cover is so pretty! I love the purples, blues, and pinks not to mention the cat. Janette visually reminds me of a more alluring and magical version of Velma from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (just from the cover). The author’s love of cats definitely doesn’t hurt 😽 – I usually assume (in this case incorrectly) that they’re merely a “decoration” of sorts. The appearance of pistols in this book as well as cars and Janette’s love of them was surprising but made me like her even more. I wish that our world could have safeties and safe locks that were dependent upon being handled by the correct DNA.
The importance piled onto the purity of magical blood isn’t a new concept for but the percentage rating applied to magic was. I’d be curious to see it applied to Harry Potter wizards that claim “pureblood” status to see where they fall. The intricacies of the magical world in this book is really interesting and fleshed out well. Even though it takes place in the States this United States runs like a mesh between what we’ve got in our own world and a caste system based on magic rating and rarity. Your magical rating directly affects your societal standing and even so far as the insurance you’re able to receive. There are quite a few similarities between the political and social unrest of the United States in the book and what we’re experiencing in our own reality now. There is quite a bit of explanation into the magical, political, and societal aspects of Janette’s world which could be a little exhausting for some readers. Since this is the first book in the series I am putting my money down on that being introductory and hopefully won’t be as extensive in the following books in the series.
I really enjoyed Janette’s quirky cat and book-loving personality – she reminds me quite a bit of myself when you throw in her penchant for fast cars and weapons. The supporting characters were well done and further developed the complexity of the magical world in this book. I think that we’ll learn even more about this cast of characters when the next book in the series releases. I’m not entirely sure if the author is a fan of Magic the Gathering and if that’s where Ajani’s name comes from but if it is – I love it even more, I love that game! If you’re hoping for a quick murder mystery series where it’s tied up at the end of the book this series may not be for you. I would consider Booked for Murder essentially what it is – an introduction into R.J. Blain’s new series Vigilante Magical Librarians.
I would highly recommend Booked for Murder to readers who enjoy magic, political intrigue, strong female protagonists, punny banter, and last but certainly not least cats. This book took me totally by surprise and I will definitely be following this series. A big thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this sleeper of a book.
MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.
In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until satisfied.
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