Thursday, August 13, 2015

Frozen in Amber - Phyllis Ames

Frozen in Amber
Phyllis Ames
DAW, Aug 4 2015, $7.99
ISBN 9780756407803

Ever since that fatal death when she still was young and joyful, attorney Amber Treganis chooses human over wercougar though the full moon still causes her conversion.  In spite of her efforts to control the beast, Amber wakes up feeling ill, suffering a thigh injury and surrounded by apparently hunters.

Encouraged by Eunice the drama queen who insists she needs her as second chair, Amber goes to work only nothing seems right there especially after her immediate supervisor shockingly quits for no apparent reason.  When Amber returns home, she finds her house filled with dangerous snares as if someone hunts her as game.  Bewildered by the radical changes to her previously structured humanity life, astonished Amber cannot understand why her leg has not healed.  She turns to attractive WerEagle Adler Schnee for help.

Urban fantasy legal thriller readers will relish the three dimensional Ames mythology as well as the wer communities employed in professional positions like law and medicine; even with a Cecil De Mille size cast needing a scorecard of the good, the bad and the deadly.  The issue is the protagonist; Amber’s bumbling, fumbling actions à la Inspector Clouseau (sans humor) will mystify the subgenre audience as she behaves at times like a naive adolescent in heat failing to learn from her mistakes rather than a polished adult lawyer. 

Harriet Klausner

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