Book Review | A Lady Who Looks Good When She’s Crying, Dan Ackerman

Goodreads Blurb:

Angels shouldn’t pal around with demons, especially not ones they’ve been sent to assassinate. They shouldn’t work with them or cook them dinner, or strike a deal with the Devil for them either. Sunshine probably isn’t a very good angel.

The demon in question is Felix Specter. He’s forgiven Sunshine for stabbing him all those years ago. He’s got a lot on his plate: a curse, his mental health, and a questionable love life. Finding out Sunshine owes the Devil a few favors doesn’t help. Neither did that kiss, not that Felix will talk about it anyway.

On top of everything else, Sunshine and Specter have a case to solve. They handle issues that human detectives can’t, like monsters in the sewer, mages doing illegal charms, and runaway witches. But they’ve always dealt with anything the city has to offer. Would could be different this time?

My Thoughts:

I am so glad I was able to get an eARC for this novel, as I might not have found it otherwise, and I am so glad I did. I love a mystery novel, and this, even better, is a genre mixing mystery. With a detective agency, a cast of great, both human and non-human characters in a world much like our own but with magic and a magical community.

Beyond being a mystery novel, this novel is a slow burning romance between the two MCs Sunshine (the angel) and Felix (the demon). When I say slow burn, I mean slow burn. This is a relationship that started as a rivalry of sorts thousands of years before the events of the novel. It is wonderfully written – Ackerman has a wonderful way with words. Their use of language to bring these characters and their relationship to life was both beautiful, and in places, heartbreaking.

The romance storyline I found to be woven nicely into the mystery plot. Neither taking away from the main goal of the story or overtaking the whole story all together. Which is something I love in these sorts of mixed genre novels.

While for the most part, the story ran smoothly, weaving between the mystery, the romance, and the magic of it all, the conclusion to the mystery plots seemed to arrive too close to the end of the story. So it felt like everything was wrapped up quite abruptly, which threw me off a little.

I did notice a few, seemingly purposeful, loose ends which hadn’t been tied up. So I am looking forward to what I believe will be another installment (or two) in the Sunshine and Specter series where those losses ends will end up.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Supposed Crimes who sent me this free eARC (eAdvanced Reader Copy) in exchange for an honest review. This title will published 1st August 2021.

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