Westside Lights

Harper Voyager. (Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery, Bk. 3). Mar. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780063043954. $27.99. FANTASY
Westside is a magical, dangerous and desperate place, a walled-off bit of 1923 Manhattan where magic almost works; science rarely does; and the night is creeping with death, omnivorous plants, and sin. In it, Gilda Carr solves “tiny” mysteries, the kind that aren’t big enough to get someone killed. In the wake of the bloody battles that ended the previous book, Westside Saints, Gilda has a last case to solve, the mystery of where her adopted bird has disappeared. This leads her to bigger and deadlier things, like a massacre on her boat, a desperate flight from the police who are certain she is responsible, and a crazed hunt to solve the murders. Along the way, she learns, as Gilda so often does, that the soul of Westside has been bought and sold, and that it’s up to her to stop it before it kills the place she loves and all the people in it.
VERDICT Highly recommended for readers who like their genres so bent that they flow into each other, where the fantasy is so dark it’s nearly horror and the mystery uncovers rot and magic in equal measure.
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