In Wicked Bronze Ambition, Garret’s matrimonial plans are derailed by his in-laws. They need his help to uncover the “Operators” of a secret tournament that pits the children of the sorcerer families of TunFaire against each other in mortal combat. The prize is the accumulated power of the kids who were killed during the game, but no one wants to play. (Unfortunately, there is no way to opt out of the game once the Operators decide you’re going to be a contestant.) Garret’s job is to keep the game from being initiated, but it might already be too late.
While I liked the book, I had a few problems with the general set up and plot, spoilery reasons to be specific. (That is to say, you are probably going to want to skip the next paragraph or so.) Continue reading
Garrett is attempting to settle down with his fiancé Tinnie Tate, but there is a problem. Tinnie, in the pursuit of an “ordinary life” had forbidden Garrett to visit his friends, especially friends of the female persuasion. Garrett is doing his best to placate Tinnie, but his attempts do not ease the strain or Tinnie’s insecurity. In addition, most of what Garret is doing by way of business is security work for Max Weider, and does not provide much of a challenge. Continue reading
In Cruel Zinc Melodies, our favorite gumshoe with a notable distaste for actually working on cases is accosted by a small horde of young well to do ladies (among them sometime girlfriend who might be something more serious than “girlfriend,” Tinnie Tate) bring him the offer of a job. Alyx Weider, the daughter of Max Weider, the biggest brewer in town would like him to investigate a possible haunting at a very large theater the Weiders have decided to build. He takes the job after a great deal of argument, and a talk with Max Weider who believes the problem is actually vandalism or rivalry from other businesses in TunFaire. Continue reading