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Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn't often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don't interest her as much as humans do. However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O'Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his mu Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn't often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don't interest her as much as humans do. However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O'Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his murder, her life takes a shocking turn for the worse. And when the vampire Families start involving themselves too, Bo no longer knows where to turn...


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Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn't often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don't interest her as much as humans do. However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O'Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his mu Bo Blackman is a rookie private investigator working for the London based firm of Dire Straits. She doesn't often get triber-based assignments, which is just as well. Vampires and daemons don't interest her as much as humans do. However, when she has to serve a summons on a dodgy daemon called Devlin O'Shea and she ends up saving his life instead of being framed for his murder, her life takes a shocking turn for the worse. And when the vampire Families start involving themselves too, Bo no longer knows where to turn...

30 review for Dire Straits

  1. 5 out of 5

    Denisa

    2.5? 3? hmm... It's pretty hard to rate, this book. It was boring a lot and then it got interesting. Then I decided to DNF it then hmm, some thing or another managed to change my mind. So yes, I'm very confused right now. It was a bit too long and the MC was a bit annoying sometimes, but it still managed to keep me interesting. I admit, I liked the story, I liked the idea. It was all a bit forced though, it felt pretty "fake" at times. 2.5? 3? hmm... It's pretty hard to rate, this book. It was boring a lot and then it got interesting. Then I decided to DNF it then hmm, some thing or another managed to change my mind. So yes, I'm very confused right now. It was a bit too long and the MC was a bit annoying sometimes, but it still managed to keep me interesting. I admit, I liked the story, I liked the idea. It was all a bit forced though, it felt pretty "fake" at times.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sláinte Wanderlust

    Bo is not introduced as kick-ass or bad ass, in fact she is rather mediocre apparently. As the book goes on we discover more about her & a-hell-of-a-lot of drama/action/craziness happens. I liked the story as it was rather original, the characters are likeable, the bad guy is not easy to guess & there is no cliff hanger - rather an ending that left me wanting more. Because I wrote a tiny review I decided to leave you with some vamp eye candy. If you have read the book, who do you think Michael i Bo is not introduced as kick-ass or bad ass, in fact she is rather mediocre apparently. As the book goes on we discover more about her & a-hell-of-a-lot of drama/action/craziness happens. I liked the story as it was rather original, the characters are likeable, the bad guy is not easy to guess & there is no cliff hanger - rather an ending that left me wanting more. Because I wrote a tiny review I decided to leave you with some vamp eye candy. If you have read the book, who do you think Michael is most like? Answers on a postcard people.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I can forgive a lot of faults in a book--plot holes, mediocre writing, inconsistencies, etc.--if the story and the characters are compelling enough. Unfortunately, that was not the case here. From the start, I found Bo unlikable. She claimed to be smart yet repeatedly said and did stupid things. A coworker noted that people seemed to like her though she had no friends to speak of. Indeed, while the powerful head of a vampire family seemed immediately drawn to and trusting of her (wth was that wit I can forgive a lot of faults in a book--plot holes, mediocre writing, inconsistencies, etc.--if the story and the characters are compelling enough. Unfortunately, that was not the case here. From the start, I found Bo unlikable. She claimed to be smart yet repeatedly said and did stupid things. A coworker noted that people seemed to like her though she had no friends to speak of. Indeed, while the powerful head of a vampire family seemed immediately drawn to and trusting of her (wth was that with her sleeping in his bed, anyway?), I could see absolutely no reason why he would do so. She spent most of the book bumbling about, making erroneous assumptions, treating others rudely--unless she wanted something from them--and generally being a PITA. I tend to like independent, wise-cracking heroines, but only when there is substance behind the defiance and snark. Bo missed the mark badly on this. Aside from my problems with Bo, I didn't buy many of the premises of this "world," not least of which was the way in which the Families recruited new members, including their reasoning behind it. I enjoyed Harper's previous series despite its faults. I can't say the same so far for this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Treece

    Rating: 4 1/2 stars A marvelously pleasant surprise of a book, with an intriguing plot surrounded by wonderful world-building, kick-butt action and yet another self-less heroine who shows promising signs of grower wiser and stronger. This one is high on the list thus far of series I have read by this author. I can't wait to see what happens next after the poignant ending. Rating: 4 1/2 stars A marvelously pleasant surprise of a book, with an intriguing plot surrounded by wonderful world-building, kick-butt action and yet another self-less heroine who shows promising signs of grower wiser and stronger. This one is high on the list thus far of series I have read by this author. I can't wait to see what happens next after the poignant ending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Well lets first talk about the positives... 1) I finished it 2)..... Yeah that's about it, to be honest. This book really confused me from the get go. I found myself stopping a couple times when I first started this book, to double check and google if I had missed a book or if there was a series that I needed to read before starting this book. The way the author went about describing things about the world etc, was written as if I was supposed to already know the information. The book didn’t feel Well lets first talk about the positives... 1) I finished it 2)..... Yeah that's about it, to be honest. This book really confused me from the get go. I found myself stopping a couple times when I first started this book, to double check and google if I had missed a book or if there was a series that I needed to read before starting this book. The way the author went about describing things about the world etc, was written as if I was supposed to already know the information. The book didn’t feel like the first book in the series. Due to that I wasn't able to fully commit to the story and the world as nothing really made sense about the daemons, vampires and witches(?) Bo was supposed be a half-daemon but I don't remember the author really touching on that. Nothing was properly explained. What can I say about Bo... I honestly didn't get the point of her and why she was so special/unique (I guees it was a change from those super amazing female protagonists). However, she is PI and a newbie at that. Yet she was tasked with a huge task by a vampire family. Why? I don't know (yes I understand that she was being framed but that plot felt flimsy as hell). She sure didn't come off as the most reliable or even the most equipped to complete the task. But there you go...This book was long and boring and I finished it only because I thought that it would get better but it didn't.

  6. 5 out of 5

    pstreads

    Great book and allllll but I can't stop singing Money For Nothing... Great book and allllll but I can't stop singing Money For Nothing...

  7. 4 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    Bo may be a rookie P.I but even she senses something wrong when she finds herself in a room with a seriously injured demon she was sent to arrest and armed police about to arrive. Getting her target to safety is one thing, working out who tried to kill him and who wanted to frame her for murder is another. Is it someone she worked with at the agency? Or someone connected to her grandfather's past? And why are the Vampire houses suddenly so keen to recruit her? The book starts as an on-the-run inv Bo may be a rookie P.I but even she senses something wrong when she finds herself in a room with a seriously injured demon she was sent to arrest and armed police about to arrive. Getting her target to safety is one thing, working out who tried to kill him and who wanted to frame her for murder is another. Is it someone she worked with at the agency? Or someone connected to her grandfather's past? And why are the Vampire houses suddenly so keen to recruit her? The book starts as an on-the-run investigation, where Bo and O'Shea need to share information to discover why they were targeted. I thought their working relationship had potential and had hoped to see more of it. However the plot changes when the Vampire Houses come into the story and Bo's investigation. Bo is asked to join a Vampire House as a new recruit to try and discover who in the House is a traitor. If she can survive the initiation and a month of Bloodlust without drinking human blood, she can remain part human and still have a reasonably normal life. If she drinks blood during the month she will become a vampire, a thought that scares and horrifies her. I liked the initiation, and meeting the others who join along with Bo, all for different reasons. She is torn between having these people as new friends and viewing them all as suspects. Bo is also unsure whether she trusts her vampire contact Michael and finds his ever changing attitude to her frustrating and annoying, hindering her investigation at times. Bo is also driven by the fear of becoming a vampire and struggles to resist the blood that is on offer through the initiation month. There is a lot of interest and a lot to like in this section of the book and the reader gets to play 'guess the traitor' along with Bo. I liked Bo as a character. All she wants to do is clear her name and get away from the vampires but being prime suspect in multiple murders means that only a Vampire House can protect her and Michael's offer is about the best that she can hope for. Her fellow recruits are a good bunch of characters and I liked her relationships with them. Peter, Beth, Nicky and Nell added to the story as Bo had to interact with them as part of her job. I particularly liked Azro. Michael got on my nerves half the time. Why would you hire Bo, make her go through the change to part vampire which she doesn't want and then declare you don't trust her as she might be a traitor? I wanted to slap him at that point! Overall I liked the book. It had a strong plot, interesting characters and potential to become a good series. For me the one thing that didn't seem convincing was setting up the potential relationship between Bo and Michael. I wasn't feeling any chemistry with them and I don't see it working. Still, there was enough here to get me to look at book two. Read in January 2015.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kindle Unlimited - May 2018. I'm giving this one a second go as an e-book (not an audiobook). The British spellings give me an eye twitch but Bo is less annoying, even though I don't understand her impulsive decisions. Also, why in the world would Monserant trust her/choose a low-level PI to investigate the biggest conflict in 200 years? I wish we’d gotten some more information on the grandfather. He seems like the most interesting character in the whole book. The mystery unravels in a very scoob Kindle Unlimited - May 2018. I'm giving this one a second go as an e-book (not an audiobook). The British spellings give me an eye twitch but Bo is less annoying, even though I don't understand her impulsive decisions. Also, why in the world would Monserant trust her/choose a low-level PI to investigate the biggest conflict in 200 years? I wish we’d gotten some more information on the grandfather. He seems like the most interesting character in the whole book. The mystery unravels in a very scooby-doo way. The villain reveals all in a very dramatic fashion. I could almost hear “if it weren’t for that darn Bo Blackman!” December 2015 - Audiobook. It was entertaining in a half-paying attention kind of way, but it was rough. I never warmed to Bo Blackman. It might have been the ridiculous name. It might have been that she was kind of an idiot and completely oblivious. It might have been the odd, and seemingly ridiculous things she does (like sleep in the big-bad vampire boss' bed when she just meets him). Whatever the reason, I never connected with her. The mystery was Scoobie-Doo-esque and the plot had some holes that were never addressed (what's up with the Grandfather). Every issue is exaggerated when you listen to an audiobook, so I know that's part of my dislike, but overall, it was meh.

  9. 4 out of 5

    So, I Read This Book Today

    Dire Straits by Helen Harper, was right up my alley. Not having read her work before, I found I truly liked Bo Blackman as a person. Add to that a world populated by both humans and tribers, various and sundry types of demons. Bo is an employee of Dire Straits, a PI firm specializing in the ‘odd’ job or two. But when her whole office is slaughtered while she watches from her hidey-hole in the ceiling, things get bad. Especially when everyone seems to think Bo is the one who did the slaughtering. Dire Straits by Helen Harper, was right up my alley. Not having read her work before, I found I truly liked Bo Blackman as a person. Add to that a world populated by both humans and tribers, various and sundry types of demons. Bo is an employee of Dire Straits, a PI firm specializing in the ‘odd’ job or two. But when her whole office is slaughtered while she watches from her hidey-hole in the ceiling, things get bad. Especially when everyone seems to think Bo is the one who did the slaughtering. Now, Bo has to figure out why a trusted friend has become the enemy, why he has set up a rookie like her for the fall, before absolutely everyone decides the best place for Bo is in the ground. Yep. As Shrek says, Onions have layers. Ogres have layers! And the story line here has layers upon layers that it was great fun to peel back to discover the next. Another author added to my list.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the first book I've read by this author. It is also the first book in her Bo Blackman series. It sounded like something I'd enjoy but this was a huge miss for me. This was a vampire/demon kind of mystery. A few of the low-lights: mediocre characters: I didn't like them. I didn't hate them. They were just so so. the writing: this was short sentence after short sentence. It felt like a long game of I Spy. the story line: I liked that this was a mystery, but it lacked world building. If the This is the first book I've read by this author. It is also the first book in her Bo Blackman series. It sounded like something I'd enjoy but this was a huge miss for me. This was a vampire/demon kind of mystery. A few of the low-lights: mediocre characters: I didn't like them. I didn't hate them. They were just so so. the writing: this was short sentence after short sentence. It felt like a long game of I Spy. the story line: I liked that this was a mystery, but it lacked world building. If the author wants the reader to believe in vampires and demons and their world, then some time needs to be spent on making it sound completely plausible. So 2 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Witchmetal

    I really enjoyed this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    SPOILERS This first book is about a woman who works as a PI; she is framed for what should have been a murder. Turns out she saved the daemon whose murder it would have been and the story goes from there. He has made a drug that makes make vampires complacent and completely susceptible to suggestion. This drug is being used by some psycho who wants revenge on vampires. In order to infiltrate the vampire families and find the one responsible Bo elects to become one, though she hopes to not fall pr SPOILERS This first book is about a woman who works as a PI; she is framed for what should have been a murder. Turns out she saved the daemon whose murder it would have been and the story goes from there. He has made a drug that makes make vampires complacent and completely susceptible to suggestion. This drug is being used by some psycho who wants revenge on vampires. In order to infiltrate the vampire families and find the one responsible Bo elects to become one, though she hopes to not fall prey to the bloodlust and instead become a sanguine. I had some issues with this book that were of the consistency type; when she was being arrested her hands are tied behind her back but then she is able to grab a drink of water right before the next moment where her hands are again behind her back. I was also confused about the grandfather being a vampire though this could be my having misread. apart from the consistency issue there were very few writing errors and the novel flowed seamlessly. The beginning has a lot of "I did this, and then I did this, so then I did this" which irked me but I was able to tough it out until actual character dialogue became prevalent. It was a good read. Pg13 for some cussing; there is no sex but there is a chaste kiss which could be indicative of a relationship to come.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This should be exactly my kind of book. Magic, vampires, daemons, murder, subsequent investigation, independent female lead... who is the most peremptory and obnoxious character I think I have ever encountered. She kept making assumptions and jumping to conclusions with no apparent evidence. There was entirely too much time spent in her head as she spun wild accusations about everyone she encountered. There was also not enough time spent on world-building. A bit more background information or ro This should be exactly my kind of book. Magic, vampires, daemons, murder, subsequent investigation, independent female lead... who is the most peremptory and obnoxious character I think I have ever encountered. She kept making assumptions and jumping to conclusions with no apparent evidence. There was entirely too much time spent in her head as she spun wild accusations about everyone she encountered. There was also not enough time spent on world-building. A bit more background information or robust descriptions would have been appreciated. With the main character lost in her anxiety and paranoia, it would have been nice to be able to form my own opinions about what was actually happening but there wasn't enough information about the world and relationships between the different groups of people. I stopped reading at Chapter 11.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    First in a series of stories about Bo Blackman, a rookie PI. On a routine assignment she becomes embroiled in dark and treacherous plot. Her life is threatened along with others around her. In an attempt to solve the murder mystery she goes undercover into the world of vampires. Not easy as she hates Bloodguzzlers.. I kept expecting a romance to develop, probably because that is my main genre. I felt it was alluded to now and then, but if it develops it will be in a future book. I enjoyed the ba First in a series of stories about Bo Blackman, a rookie PI. On a routine assignment she becomes embroiled in dark and treacherous plot. Her life is threatened along with others around her. In an attempt to solve the murder mystery she goes undercover into the world of vampires. Not easy as she hates Bloodguzzlers.. I kept expecting a romance to develop, probably because that is my main genre. I felt it was alluded to now and then, but if it develops it will be in a future book. I enjoyed the basic storyline and the characters were entertaining. The writing style is good and the story flowed well for me. I hope to read book 2 as well. "I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review"

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vero

    A bit tame, but enjoyable UF I felt that the heroine is a bit of a Mary Sue, and she basically fails in every endeavour.   It is quite mysterious why she is sought after by the big bad-ass vampire lord.   She is a rookie investigator, who just got lucky once.   But somehow it was still entertaining.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary Holbert

    So, so much better than most of the vampire UF out there! Sure, the heroine does some stupid things but really, if she was perfect there wouldn't be a story. Well written and interesting without the yawn inducing sex scenes so prevalent in this genre. I also bought the sequel. So, so much better than most of the vampire UF out there! Sure, the heroine does some stupid things but really, if she was perfect there wouldn't be a story. Well written and interesting without the yawn inducing sex scenes so prevalent in this genre. I also bought the sequel.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This book was just OK, it was similar to other books I've read and some of the others I've read were much better. The main character is Bo Blackman, a private investigator into paranormal stuff. At the start of the book she is put on the case of a daemon called Devlin, she saves his life but then following some events ends up being framed for his murder. And she finds herself in deeper trouble than she even thought possible. There are secondary characters but none I found particularly noteworthy This book was just OK, it was similar to other books I've read and some of the others I've read were much better. The main character is Bo Blackman, a private investigator into paranormal stuff. At the start of the book she is put on the case of a daemon called Devlin, she saves his life but then following some events ends up being framed for his murder. And she finds herself in deeper trouble than she even thought possible. There are secondary characters but none I found particularly noteworthy. The storyline is not hugely original but it does make for just an OK read. The pacing is good and I like that the story is built up to the climactic ending. This was a nice and easy read, not too taxing and no thought really required, it is similar to other books. 3 stars, just an OK easy read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I enjoyed Book 1. Books 3 to first half of 6 get a bit dark, not in a gory way so much as overall depressing (lack of wins, lack of good people about). Book 3 has a tacky cliff hanger ending - if you read 3 & 4 as one book it may not be so aggravating. So, my overall for the series is just ok. The writing is excellent and it moves along well with twists and turns. I came to this author starting with Slouch Witch - that series is loads of fun. Then went to Wraith - also great marks. Not sure I'll I enjoyed Book 1. Books 3 to first half of 6 get a bit dark, not in a gory way so much as overall depressing (lack of wins, lack of good people about). Book 3 has a tacky cliff hanger ending - if you read 3 & 4 as one book it may not be so aggravating. So, my overall for the series is just ok. The writing is excellent and it moves along well with twists and turns. I came to this author starting with Slouch Witch - that series is loads of fun. Then went to Wraith - also great marks. Not sure I'll pursue any of her other earlier works. But, this is a quirk of my currently looking for more upbeat reads. I'm sure many would love this. I maintain that she is heads above most of the other writers available on Kindle Unlimited.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vleigh

    I guess I've been reading too many paranormal series with female PI's. This one felt predictable with a hint of future romance. Still a good story but I guess I need a change to another genre. I guess I've been reading too many paranormal series with female PI's. This one felt predictable with a hint of future romance. Still a good story but I guess I need a change to another genre.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    2 1/2 I guess it's not an easy feat - these days and times - writing UF. So many try and flounder that a book with many faults may still be a good read. Mmmm, maybe this is not the right way to start a review. Or maybe I'm too sleepy to be coherent. I'll try. Dire Straits has many good points, but alas it has enough nits that they cancel each other. It's always pleasant when there's still something (tiny) fresh in the genre, but shaky world-buildings are a disappointment as they really impact the s 2 1/2 I guess it's not an easy feat - these days and times - writing UF. So many try and flounder that a book with many faults may still be a good read. Mmmm, maybe this is not the right way to start a review. Or maybe I'm too sleepy to be coherent. I'll try. Dire Straits has many good points, but alas it has enough nits that they cancel each other. It's always pleasant when there's still something (tiny) fresh in the genre, but shaky world-buildings are a disappointment as they really impact the story (leaving the readers with many doubts and whys? and hows?). I may have accepted this and probably more if the author had got me an heroine I could cheer or root for. Unfortunately, my only reaction to her was flinching, almost every time. Bo isn't a rookie, she's - simply put - unprepared, unprofessional. She's not in any way or form a PI: she has no skills, no intelligence, no gut instincts. She may be lucky. It's not enough for the character you are creating. She's not TSTL, but it's not a comfort. You expect better. They call her a Nancy Drew, they are wrong. She's worse (and in part is other people's fault). But what she is, what she was, isn't clear. At the end she looks like a beheaded chicken running around or, to be fairer, like a ball in a pinball machine: hurting, slamming every where, running around without an aim, and in no way at the elm of the ship (or machine). The "mystery" plot goes on and forward without her. She condemns herself to a fate worse than death trusting the "fact" she's way better than she is. I can sympathize, but only to a point. After that I mostly despise. In no moment of the story, present or past, I was given something - anything - that could guarantee for her abilities. I was never in any danger to see her as someone that could - and would - overcome the odds or either balance them. On the contrary. I realize that I could not follow her reasoning. Why did she accept to become what she hates? She crumbles at the first difficulty and caves. (view spoiler)[She doesn't like vamps, but when they offer her to become one so to complete the investigation she hesitates only until she stumbles the first time. Then all of a sudden she agrees. I did not see the situation as so tragic to erase my former life. (hide spoiler)] . I did not see what could really motivate her, except the author's hand. Unfortunately the heroine impacts heavily on the plot, not only because hers is the only pov, but because through her eyes close to nothing has sense. The rest of the characters is pretty bland and very deja-read. And they gave me some WTH moments too. I had meant to read the sequel, but after the ending (almost a cliffhanger, but not properly) I felt irritated. Maybe if the rest of the book had been condensed, I could have gotten to the good part without waiting for book two. :) I realize I sound harsher than I meant. The book isn't bad, but it's not without faults. How much they may annoy you will depend on your tastes. PS It's self-pub, via Amazon, and there are some editing mistakes. PSS. The deja-read feeling is very strong at times (above all the channeling of Chicagoville, but you can play the game and see what it reminds you of).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    There were several tropes I usually enjoy, but the story never clicked together for me. I was expecting more of a "out there investigation" and less of a "vamp school who-dun-it". I also found the writing a bit too focused on every little detail/action, which made me want to skip paragraphs. There were several tropes I usually enjoy, but the story never clicked together for me. I was expecting more of a "out there investigation" and less of a "vamp school who-dun-it". I also found the writing a bit too focused on every little detail/action, which made me want to skip paragraphs.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vannessa

    This book has been on my Amazon Kindle recommended list for a while now and I really liked the sound of it, so finally got round to reading it this week and you know what? I really enjoyed it! Bo Blackman is a private investigator sent to issue a summons to a half demon for selling dark magic spells, but what she finds when she gets there soon has her running for life, seeing her work colleagues killed and getting herself well involved with the vampires, which she always wanted to avoid. Bo was This book has been on my Amazon Kindle recommended list for a while now and I really liked the sound of it, so finally got round to reading it this week and you know what? I really enjoyed it! Bo Blackman is a private investigator sent to issue a summons to a half demon for selling dark magic spells, but what she finds when she gets there soon has her running for life, seeing her work colleagues killed and getting herself well involved with the vampires, which she always wanted to avoid. Bo was a brilliant character, but sucked at investigating. I worked out who the main perpetrator was really early on because it was so unbelievable that it just had to be that person! But then I guess if she had worked it out that quickly, there wouldn't have been much of a story, would there?! I have bought the next couple in this series and can't wait to get on to reading those too. I have high hopes for Bo Blackman after the drastic ending , which I really didn't want to happen, but kind of expected it would.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Crabtree

    So this is my first full-length foray into paranormal/urban fantasy for a long time since I lost interest in the genre a year or so ago and I have to admit I got pulled into it. I'm usually wary of urban fantasy books because I read books for the romance in them, be it a little flirting or a full on sex-fest, and this was more of a subtle he-wants-her-does-she-want-him sort of thing, though I think that Bo is a little oblivious right now--or purposely ignoring it. Maybe a bit of both. The story pu So this is my first full-length foray into paranormal/urban fantasy for a long time since I lost interest in the genre a year or so ago and I have to admit I got pulled into it. I'm usually wary of urban fantasy books because I read books for the romance in them, be it a little flirting or a full on sex-fest, and this was more of a subtle he-wants-her-does-she-want-him sort of thing, though I think that Bo is a little oblivious right now--or purposely ignoring it. Maybe a bit of both. The story pulled me in from the start though I will admit I skipped a few paragraphs here and there where she was doing too much description. It was intriguing, as to who behind it from the start. Who was it aimed at? Were they from a family? Admittedly I was a little torn over who I thought it was of the (view spoiler)[three recruits (hide spoiler)] but it did become a bit more obvious the more that was read. I'm definitely interested in reading more of the series in the future, if only so I can see what happens with Bo and Michael :P

  24. 4 out of 5

    One Craftyraven

    Excellent Addition To Vamp Fiction! Excellent Addition To Vamp Fiction! I enjoyed Bo and the assorted cast of characters. There were a few editing mistakes and since it was set in London the wording was a little different but none of that detracted from the story. T h e world building was excellent and the establishment of the vampire families was really interesting. I enjoyed Bo's character and her investigating skills as well as the mystery. Her investigating methods were good and there weren't Excellent Addition To Vamp Fiction! Excellent Addition To Vamp Fiction! I enjoyed Bo and the assorted cast of characters. There were a few editing mistakes and since it was set in London the wording was a little different but none of that detracted from the story. T h e world building was excellent and the establishment of the vampire families was really interesting. I enjoyed Bo's character and her investigating skills as well as the mystery. Her investigating methods were good and there weren't any instances where she seemed helpless or where her skills seemed either over the top or under rated. No seemed like a capable likeable character. The story had a different take on the vampire and magical or "triber"world that didn't seem outlandish or over done. I can't wait till the next in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    JadeShea

    This story begins with Bo going to serve some papers to a daemon on an assignment one night. The problem is the demon is almost dead, and she's being framed for his murder. After saving him, she then decides to figure out what the heck is going on. But it will lead to a whole world of issues including Vampires, and much more crazy things. Dire Straits was a really good book! I loved all of the action, mystery, and intrigue that was in the book! I was constantly trying to figure out what was goin This story begins with Bo going to serve some papers to a daemon on an assignment one night. The problem is the demon is almost dead, and she's being framed for his murder. After saving him, she then decides to figure out what the heck is going on. But it will lead to a whole world of issues including Vampires, and much more crazy things. Dire Straits was a really good book! I loved all of the action, mystery, and intrigue that was in the book! I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on, and what was going to happen next. This was a very suspenseful fun read. I also loved the characters as well. Bo was hilarious, but also very serious too. And I'm curious about what will happen between her and the other Vampires in the next book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Commeford

    So, I liked this book so much I left the anthology I was reading to go find the rest of the series. It is full of humor, adventure, a little romance, and is just plain fun. The editing could use a little tightening up, but these errors do not impact the story a great deal. Those that read my reviews know that I am a bit of stickler for good editing. I am familiar with some differences between American and British words so different word usage does not impact my reading. However, there were a cou So, I liked this book so much I left the anthology I was reading to go find the rest of the series. It is full of humor, adventure, a little romance, and is just plain fun. The editing could use a little tightening up, but these errors do not impact the story a great deal. Those that read my reviews know that I am a bit of stickler for good editing. I am familiar with some differences between American and British words so different word usage does not impact my reading. However, there were a couple of words that simply stumped me but I got the general gist so it was all good. You will enjoy this series... give it a try.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dusty Summerford (Reviews by Reds)

    I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I really enjoyed this audio book! It kept my attention throughout and I really loved the characters. I will definitely recommend to other book lovers!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

    I liked so much I am off to book two. I do have to admit that some of it I am not sure if I like the book, or the reader.. But ... No seriously. I keep laughing.. and I really want to see what happens next

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fera Flies Free

    Nice start ;o

  30. 5 out of 5

    Relina Skye

    "Dire Straits" is the first book in the "Bo Blackman" series by Helen Harper. Bo Blackman is a PI who lives in an alternate universe that is comprised of humans, vampires, black and white witches, ghosts, along with Agathos and Kakos daemons. Humans make up the majority of the UK population. The vampires are divided up into five families that cap off the numbers at five hundred each. White witches are involved with the lighter arts while the Black witches are involved with the darker ones. They "Dire Straits" is the first book in the "Bo Blackman" series by Helen Harper. Bo Blackman is a PI who lives in an alternate universe that is comprised of humans, vampires, black and white witches, ghosts, along with Agathos and Kakos daemons. Humans make up the majority of the UK population. The vampires are divided up into five families that cap off the numbers at five hundred each. White witches are involved with the lighter arts while the Black witches are involved with the darker ones. They can be distinguished by their tattoos. White witches have their tattoos on one side of their face, black have them on the other. Agathos daemons can be spotted by their eye color, and most people don't know how to spot a Kakos daemon. Bo works for the PI company called Dire Straites, she's been assigned to serve a warrant to Devlin O'Shea, a quarter Agathos daemon, who is accused of selling an illegal spell. Bo was given very specific directions on when to approach the daemon, but she decides to do it a bit early. As a result, she finds O'Shea on the verge of death, and in an attempt to save his life, comes to realize that she was being set up for his murder. Out of options, she takes O'Shea to her grandfather's house. As the former director of MI7, he has the skills to save O'Shea's life. Not one to sit ideally by, Bo does everything in her power to find out what's really going on, who is against her, and what their real motives might be. Overall, I'm writing this review, after I've read the entire series. Most of Harper's series stand on their own. This one is no different. "Dire Straits" is an excellent introductory novel. Readers can invest in Bo as a character. She gets into some sticky situations, and does her best to resolve her own problems. The secondary characters are equally engaging. There are some characters that only make an appearance in this novel. I would have liked for them to be mentioned again in some of the future stories, but they weren't. One of the things that left a question in my mind was about Bo's ability to see ghosts. That was something only mentioned in this novel as well. It would have been interesting to see if that ability stayed with her in the later novels. Other than that the plot line is fast paced. The plot twists were great. Lastly, each book should be read in order.

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