ARC Review: Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z Martin

Posted June 29, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 9 Comments

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ARC Review: Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z Martin
Deadly Curiousities
by Gail Z Martin

3 Stars


Released: 24 June 2014
Series: Deadly Curiousities #1
Published by Solaris
Pages: 464


” This was a book full of action, mystery and magic and had me gripped from the first page to the last.” ~ Under the Covers

Cassidy Kincaide runs an antiquities shop called Trifles & Folly, but there is more to her business than just buying and selling antiques. Cassie’s shop is the perfect front for what she really does; acquiring and containing dangerous magic objects, with the help of her assistant manager Teag and the back up of her boss, the silent business partner of the Trifles & Folly and centuries old vampire, Sorren. But, something powerful and evil has arrived, seeming to charge up all the mundane objects that Cassie has sold and turn them into malevolent objects Cassie seek to keep out of circulation. Cassie and Teag must find the source of the evil and stop it, but with bodies showing up flayed and mutilated it may be more than they can handle on their own.

Will I be checking the shadows tonight as I go to bed? Maybe. Deadly Curiosities had more ghosts, shadow men and demons than you could shake a stick at…and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. This was a book full of action, mystery and magic and had me gripped from the first page to the last.

To give fair warning this book has no romance in it, or any hint of romance either, I admit as a complete romance junkie I felt a pang of disappointment, but I was soon engrossed into the book and didn’t miss it (too much). What I enjoyed most about Deadly Curiosities  was the mystery, I wanted to find out what was happening and why as much as Cassidy and the crew did. I also loved how creepy this book could be, Gail Z Martin manages to ratchet up the atmosphere, making is oppressive and scary, especially towards the end, making it that much more exciting.

So why only rate it 3.5 stars? Although I enjoyed the action and the plot, I found the characters a little forgettable. I liked them all, they were pleasant to read about and I was definitely on their team, but I connected with none of them and to some extent I found them a little boring.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next in the series, it was a dark adventure full of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night!

*ARC provided by publisher


About Gail Z Martin

Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wroteat age fivewas about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married and has three children, a Himalayan cat, a Maltese and a golden retriever.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks suzanne….I need to connect with the characters when reading or I just can’t enjoy it


Thanks for the review Suzanne


I am glad you mentioned that the characters are forgetable. The fact that you are looking forward to the next book is a big encourgement for me. Now to decide if I wish to take a chance. Thank you!

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