Series: Allegra Fairweather #2
Published by Carina Press on 4/13/2011
My mother thinks my job is crazy. I’ m a paranormal investigator; she’ s Nancy Reagan crossed with Martha Stewart. She’ s always preferred my sister, Lily, who is following in her perfect footsteps.\r\n\r\nBut this time Mom needs my special skills. She believes my stepfather is possessed. I admit he’ s not his usual dapper, charming self, but sleepwalking doesn’ t sound that weird. Until the sleepwalking spreads through the family and cousin Donna walks right out of her apartment window to her death. Then my sister goes missing and I have to find her and solve the mystery before Lily and her unborn child are harmed.\r\nNormally I would have assistance, but my right hand, a hunky angel I’ ve nicknamed Casper, has business of his own to take care ofbusiness that might take him out of my life forever. The stakes are too high for me to lose, but I’ m not sure I can do it alone…
When I first picked up South of Salem by Janni Nell from NetGalley, I didn’t realize it was book 2 in a series, so I had decided not to read it. I hate coming into the middle of a story arc and trying to catch up on the backstory by gleaning hints from the second. It’s a lot of work when I could just read the first, right?
Then I read a review that mentioned South of Salem is a great stand-alone. So I bit the bullet and picked it back up. I am so glad I did! South of Salem is a great paranormal story and you do not need to read the first to understand the second. It had great paranormal elements that were intriguing and fun, and overall, South of Salem is witty and snarky. It’s a very light read, yet Janni Nell does an excellent job investing you in her story. I also love the sexual tension between Allegra and Casper (can I take him home?), teasing the reader just enough to pick up the third book (should there be one), without being overly explicit. The relationship development is so well done that they’re are completely believable, even down to Allegra’s sister having married to their stepbrother. I just loved it and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal fiction with a snarky twist.