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Dayna Chrissie, the leading Crime Scene Analyst for the LAPD, enjoys nothing more than finding the one clue that can solve a crime. The day she finds a golden medallion on a body that's been dumped at a downtown construction site, she doesn't think much about it. Until that medallion transports her to the magical kingdom of Andeluvia. Dayna discovers that she's been summon Dayna Chrissie, the leading Crime Scene Analyst for the LAPD, enjoys nothing more than finding the one clue that can solve a crime. The day she finds a golden medallion on a body that's been dumped at a downtown construction site, she doesn't think much about it. Until that medallion transports her to the magical kingdom of Andeluvia. Dayna discovers that she's been summoned to solve the murder of the realm's king, before war breaks out between Andeluvia and the Centaur Kingdoms. When the trail of evidence leads from Andeluvia, back to LA, Dayna must bring all of her forensic skill to bear in order to solve the case. The price of failure? A war that will kill millions and devastate both lands. Hope she works best under pressure.


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Dayna Chrissie, the leading Crime Scene Analyst for the LAPD, enjoys nothing more than finding the one clue that can solve a crime. The day she finds a golden medallion on a body that's been dumped at a downtown construction site, she doesn't think much about it. Until that medallion transports her to the magical kingdom of Andeluvia. Dayna discovers that she's been summon Dayna Chrissie, the leading Crime Scene Analyst for the LAPD, enjoys nothing more than finding the one clue that can solve a crime. The day she finds a golden medallion on a body that's been dumped at a downtown construction site, she doesn't think much about it. Until that medallion transports her to the magical kingdom of Andeluvia. Dayna discovers that she's been summoned to solve the murder of the realm's king, before war breaks out between Andeluvia and the Centaur Kingdoms. When the trail of evidence leads from Andeluvia, back to LA, Dayna must bring all of her forensic skill to bear in order to solve the case. The price of failure? A war that will kill millions and devastate both lands. Hope she works best under pressure.

30 review for Centaur of the Crime

  1. 4 out of 5

    So, I Read This Book Today

    Wonderful book with a disappointing narrator   Dayna Chrissie is the lead Crime Scene Analyst for the LAPD, and from the perspective of a former crime scene analyst, I found myself breaking out in laughter at just how apt our first introduction to Dayna is. Michael Angel really “gets it.” CSI may be “sexy” to the television watching public – but it really isn’t sexy in real life! As Dayna arrives at the crime scene where we first meet her, she cracked me up right away. First, we have the idiotic p Wonderful book with a disappointing narrator   Dayna Chrissie is the lead Crime Scene Analyst for the LAPD, and from the perspective of a former crime scene analyst, I found myself breaking out in laughter at just how apt our first introduction to Dayna is. Michael Angel really “gets it.” CSI may be “sexy” to the television watching public – but it really isn’t sexy in real life! As Dayna arrives at the crime scene where we first meet her, she cracked me up right away. First, we have the idiotic politico, Deputy Chief McClatchy, whose response to the murder in question is to send beat cops swarming all over the crime scene, stomping any possible evidence into the ground, and telling the “scene techies” to “Hurry up, we’ve got real work to do,” is spot on, and her response to him, which has him running for a puke bucket, is hysterical. Then there is her description of her crime scene wear; ‘the overall which assures that her hips stay slim and the cottage cheese stays off her thighs,’ because, damn those things are hot, and her “Stompy Gothic Boots of Doom” (They wouldn’t win any awards on the fashion runway. But they would keep corpse juices out of my socks.) Angel caught my attention right away. If you can make me laugh and identify with the main character that quickly, you have my attention. And Angel never lost it. This particular scene is an odd case, to say the least. Peculiar clothing is only the start. Besides bullet wounds, there is a huge, charcoaled hole in the middle of his chest and Dayna has no idea how it was caused. Add that to “python-like” patterning all over his face and upper body, well, he is a puzzle wrapped inside a riddle, forensics wise. Oh, but this isn’t the oddest thing. Oh, no. For Dayna finds an odd gold coin inside the body – a gold coin that transports her to another world. Oh, and what a world! I was tempted to say that Centaur of the Crime could be described as Alice in Wonderland Meets CSI but that is doing Dayna a disservice. She is a strong, competent, take-no-crap woman (hey – if you are a woman in a police position, you have to be all those things – just breathing the testosterone in air can cause unwarranted beard growth!) But she is also kind, understanding and very, very intelligent. A balanced character that I couldn’t help but admire. Pulled into another world to solve the murder of a king, Dayna takes the transition well. She doesn’t go hysterical and flighty when she realizes she is surrounded by centaurs and “The Parliament” (wait till you meet these creatures – they are wonderfully written) and tasked with an investigation that no one here thinks can be done. Especially not by a woman from another world. I loved this book. The fantasy aspects, the world building, as well as the creative development of the species and their various aspects. I have read what I would call “modern-day day fairy tales” before, and this one is at the top of my list of favorites. Enough so that I am dying to see the second volume, The Deer Prince’s Murder, come out on Audible. I am also adding some of his other works, especially The Detective and the Unicorn, to my Audible library. Of course, a narrator can make, or break, an Audible recording. In this case, I was very disappointed by the narrator, Katrina Carmody. Narrators should understand that they are creating a piece of performance art with every book that they read, and Carmody does a less than acceptable job. As another reviewer, Busy Reader from New York New York put it in their Audible.com review: The pacing was terrible, the characters all sounded the same (with the exception of one character, which had an Irish accent, which would have been fine except that she used this accent for the Hispanic character, who otherwise didn’t have accent); she mispronounced very basic words, sometimes used the wrong words which changed the meaning, and even left words out (I checked with the e-book). Where was the director? Drove. Me. NUTS. Yes, I have heard worse, but she is far, far from the best. How can a professional narrator care so little for her work product? And how can the production company expect to retain business when they’re offering is so poorly done? Other than the disappointing narration, I would highly recommend Centaur of the Crime to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel with centaurs, griffins, and other fantasy creatures. And if you also like procedurals, Angel has a good grasp on that aspect also, so it is all good! Highly recommended.   About Michael Angel Michael Angel’s worlds of fiction range from the unicorn-ruled realm of the Morning Land to the gritty ‘Fringe Space’ of the western Galactic Frontier. He’s the author of the bestselling Centaur of the Crime – where C.S. Lewis meets CSI. His books populate shelves in languages from Russian to Portuguese. Michael currently resides in Southern California. Alas, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or galactic marshals, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard.

  2. 4 out of 5

    AℳYⒾ ♔♚♛Cofounder of Teens against YA books♛♚♔

    GUUUYYYYYSSS!!!Guess what? I was browsing my homepages for updates of the Kindle Unlimited elite and found this hidden gem. It's seem to be so unique!!!!! How many times you expect to find a mystery featuring centaurs? Uh? Uh? Centaurs + Mystery + KU elite = I NEED!!!! *takes aims* *tosses to TBR tower* GUUUYYYYYSSS!!!Guess what? I was browsing my homepages for updates of the Kindle Unlimited elite and found this hidden gem. It's seem to be so unique!!!!! How many times you expect to find a mystery featuring centaurs? Uh? Uh? Centaurs + Mystery + KU elite = I NEED!!!! *takes aims* *tosses to TBR tower*

  3. 4 out of 5

    J.C. Andrijeski

    This story really is "CSI meets CS Lewis," and a really fun read. Dayna Chrissie, Office of the Medical Examiner in LA, thinks she is about to investigate a run-of-the-mill murder, but a number of facts don't add up in the case and she finds herself instead transported into another world. There, she is promptly (and unwillingly) enlisted in helping to stop a war by solving the murder of their king. She has a time limit to accomplish this, of course...all without equipment or a lab and surrounded This story really is "CSI meets CS Lewis," and a really fun read. Dayna Chrissie, Office of the Medical Examiner in LA, thinks she is about to investigate a run-of-the-mill murder, but a number of facts don't add up in the case and she finds herself instead transported into another world. There, she is promptly (and unwillingly) enlisted in helping to stop a war by solving the murder of their king. She has a time limit to accomplish this, of course...all without equipment or a lab and surrounded by suspects who seem like the product of a nervous breakdown she suspects she might be having, and/or some kind of chemically-induced hallucination. I won't say too much more about the plot, as I don't want to do the spoiler thing, but I absolutely love the rag-tag band of characters the heroine collects from this other world. Not only are they all likable, sympathetic characters (not always easy to do in fantasy, where it's easy to follow the tropes and create really cardboard archetypes instead of living, breathing "people"), but Dayna really does get handed every single "loser" in this fantastical world. Every one of them is completely endearing, from the centaur with a father-complex, to my personal favorite, the world's only unlucky Fayleene (a deer-like creature famous for their inbuilt good-luck-bringing qualities...well, most of them anyway). When the group follows the evidence back to "our" world, the story only gets better...some of the scenes of this group trying to survive Los Angeles were laugh out-loud funny, which doesn't often happen for me with books. Angel manages the nearly impossible...creating memorable characters in the midst of an intriguing mystery, action, humor and heart. There is even room for a little romance in the mix. I look forward to the next installment in the series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dixie Goode

    This story really is what it was advertised as, "CSI meets CS Lewis." It satisfied my love of magical stories of other worlds, and good old fashioned mystery novels, and CSI/NCIS type entertainment. Dayna Chrissie, Office of the Medical Examiner in LA, is dedicated, good at her job, strong, feisty, funny and direct. She is easy to develop a sense of, and to care about. When she investigates a dead body in a construction site and finds the supervisor who hassles her there and manages to cause him This story really is what it was advertised as, "CSI meets CS Lewis." It satisfied my love of magical stories of other worlds, and good old fashioned mystery novels, and CSI/NCIS type entertainment. Dayna Chrissie, Office of the Medical Examiner in LA, is dedicated, good at her job, strong, feisty, funny and direct. She is easy to develop a sense of, and to care about. When she investigates a dead body in a construction site and finds the supervisor who hassles her there and manages to cause him some problems and then ends up being shot at, and then her day gets worse, I cared and wanted to keep reading. When she finds herself in a medieval world with magical beings for friends and enemies, I was hooked. I quickly finished this story and the second in the series, The Deer Prince's Murder http://tinyurl.com/m6t6aej which is also very entertaining. Considering that I spend a lot of time imagining imaginary worlds as I both read and write in the genre, it was a delight to find a novel with a lot of twists I had never imagined, but I won't tell you what they are. It is a quick, uncomplicated novel to read for the fun of it, and it is fun.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Michael Angel delivers a page-turning novel in a unique sub-genre with Centaur of the Crime. This author knows how to grab a reader, hook that reader, and pull that reader through a story - it's called terrific cliff-hangers. At the end of every chapter, you just want to read the next - like an addiction. Angel has built a rich fantasy world - Andeluvia - into which our likable leading lady Dayna Chrissie, an L.A. medical examiner, is thrust. The stakes are high, as "Lady Chrissie" must act fast Michael Angel delivers a page-turning novel in a unique sub-genre with Centaur of the Crime. This author knows how to grab a reader, hook that reader, and pull that reader through a story - it's called terrific cliff-hangers. At the end of every chapter, you just want to read the next - like an addiction. Angel has built a rich fantasy world - Andeluvia - into which our likable leading lady Dayna Chrissie, an L.A. medical examiner, is thrust. The stakes are high, as "Lady Chrissie" must act fast to solve the murder of that realm's king and avert a devastating war. Twists, turns and action abound, with a highly entertaining level of humor and sophistication. The assembled allies - an outcast centaur wizard, a noble aging griffin, and an ostracized "bad luck charm" deer creature - form an "A-Team" of magical crime-solving and true camaraderie. I very much look forward to a sequel!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dallass

    Pretty unique story. When they said “C.S. Lewis meets CSI” they weren’t kidding. I liked the premise, and the start of the story - in our world - with the crime scene and whatnot, but once the fantasy element kicked in I found that the protagonists reaction was just a blasé ‘oh well’ and it was just business as usual which, I won’t lie, kinda disrupted my reading groove. I did enjoy the characters that made up the core group, and the investigation was pretty fast paced and had a decent amount of a Pretty unique story. When they said “C.S. Lewis meets CSI” they weren’t kidding. I liked the premise, and the start of the story - in our world - with the crime scene and whatnot, but once the fantasy element kicked in I found that the protagonists reaction was just a blasé ‘oh well’ and it was just business as usual which, I won’t lie, kinda disrupted my reading groove. I did enjoy the characters that made up the core group, and the investigation was pretty fast paced and had a decent amount of action. There were a few red herrings sprinkled throughout the story, but the twists made up for that. On the whole I found this to be an okay story and I could easily see this being an amazing screen adaptation a lá Netflix. Will probably check out the second book, just for curiosity’s sake. 3.5 stars ⭐️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    3 1/2 stars. Forensics meet Fantasy. In spite of the lack of forensic tools in a magic world, Dayna is able to use her skills as a forensic specialist for the LAPD very competently in a decent mystery. But Dayna definitely needs the help of magical residents to survive this new world she has ended up in including an aging griffin, a centaur with father issues and an "unlucky" magic deer. They are each their own character but become a strong group of friends. There are plenty of funny moments. A 3 1/2 stars. Forensics meet Fantasy. In spite of the lack of forensic tools in a magic world, Dayna is able to use her skills as a forensic specialist for the LAPD very competently in a decent mystery. But Dayna definitely needs the help of magical residents to survive this new world she has ended up in including an aging griffin, a centaur with father issues and an "unlucky" magic deer. They are each their own character but become a strong group of friends. There are plenty of funny moments. A good book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Graham

    Centaur of the Crime is a wonderful journey into the imagination. Bringing our known world together with the mythical, Michael Angel tells an intriguing tale that is sure to delight and hold the reader spellbound!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    The tagline ‘CSI meets CS Lewis’ is absolutely perfect for this rollicking adventure, book #1 of ‘Fantasy and Forensics’. LA Crime Scene Analyst Dayna Chrissie’s latest job seems at first just messy (and smelly – par for the course with dead bodies). But it takes a deadly turn when someone starts shooting at her as she examines the slightly weird body at the crime scene, and the strange medallion she finds inside one of the victim’s wounds catapults her into another world. A very different world The tagline ‘CSI meets CS Lewis’ is absolutely perfect for this rollicking adventure, book #1 of ‘Fantasy and Forensics’. LA Crime Scene Analyst Dayna Chrissie’s latest job seems at first just messy (and smelly – par for the course with dead bodies). But it takes a deadly turn when someone starts shooting at her as she examines the slightly weird body at the crime scene, and the strange medallion she finds inside one of the victim’s wounds catapults her into another world. A very different world. A medieval world where she has just three days to find out who murdered Good King Benedict of Andeluvia to prevent a war between humans and centaurs. Yes, there is a connection between the first body and the second, but you’ll have to read it to find out. Chrissie doesn’t get off to a great start in Andeluvia. Most of the nobles don’t want her there, everyone is horrified at her suggestion of autopsying their king’s body, and over the space of a few hours she manages to collect a group of misfit assistants – the centaur magician Galen, disgraced son of the centaur king, the elderly griffin Grimshaw, and the Fayleene princling Liam, who looks like Bambi with one horn, and is the only one of his race who fails to bring good luck. In a race against time, betrayals abound, and Chrissie has to use her abilities to think beyond the obvious to solve what turns out to be more than one crime. On both worlds. Excellent writing, breathless action and massive doses of humour and humanity make this book an absolute hoot – and I say that with the utmost respect to the Andeluvian Parliament. (Read it, then you’ll understand). Frankly, I can hardly wait to get stuck into the next one. I don’t have anything negative to say about it. Ideal for fans of Piers Anthony, if you can see yourself enjoying this type of wacky mix of species and magic along with a dollop of gruesome forensics, then I highly recommend this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Jones

    Great Book If you like fantasy, paranormal, and mystery, you will love this! It was fabulous. A human woman on Earth is a forensic investigator, working in a morgue for the city police. A case she is called into is very unusual. Suddenly she is transported into an alternate reality, where the people live in renaissance times and magic is real. She is asked to solve the murder of the people's king. She gathers several allies, all misfits of their species. And off they go on an adventure to find th Great Book If you like fantasy, paranormal, and mystery, you will love this! It was fabulous. A human woman on Earth is a forensic investigator, working in a morgue for the city police. A case she is called into is very unusual. Suddenly she is transported into an alternate reality, where the people live in renaissance times and magic is real. She is asked to solve the murder of the people's king. She gathers several allies, all misfits of their species. And off they go on an adventure to find the truth. This book was interesting, fast paced, with a surprising end. What I really liked about it, besides the great characters, was that the adventure goes back and forth between Earth and the alternate reality. The non-human allies in Earth was a kick!

  11. 4 out of 5

    CNickerson

    I enjoyed this book. A wonderful mix of crime scene investigation and fantasy. It takes a rare author to mix reality and fantasy in a package the reader accepts and enjoys. This author fits the bill. The science and the whimsy were a nice juxtaposition. I look to reading more books in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Altivo Overo

    The Parliament of Owls That's only a small part of this mix of ideas like C.S.Lewis' Narnia and David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus. Forensic pathologist Dayna is magically drawn into a world of medieval pageantry with talking beasts and treacherous humans. Her task? Find out who killed good king Benedict. Well researched and brilliantly carried out, including that Chaucerian Parliament. The Parliament of Owls That's only a small part of this mix of ideas like C.S.Lewis' Narnia and David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus. Forensic pathologist Dayna is magically drawn into a world of medieval pageantry with talking beasts and treacherous humans. Her task? Find out who killed good king Benedict. Well researched and brilliantly carried out, including that Chaucerian Parliament.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marva

    If you like fantasy and forensics, you'll like this book. I'm very happy to have found it and doubly happy the author offered the second in the series for free. I like authors to get some money from their books, so if the 2nd book lives up to the promise of the first, I'll gladly spend money on the rest of the series. Highly recommended. If you like fantasy and forensics, you'll like this book. I'm very happy to have found it and doubly happy the author offered the second in the series for free. I like authors to get some money from their books, so if the 2nd book lives up to the promise of the first, I'll gladly spend money on the rest of the series. Highly recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Goodreads 3.6. I'll definitely be reading more of these fun tales There are many clever and/or funny touches (such as the kingdom's Legislature, and how to hide a griffin in plain sight in Hollywood) enriching this story and world. It's neat to see a questing group most of whom have four legs rather than two, but who are all fully people and contributing members of the team. It's generally light (not too deep or intense), assuming you have the stomach for the ickier bits of the CSI genre, with li Goodreads 3.6. I'll definitely be reading more of these fun tales There are many clever and/or funny touches (such as the kingdom's Legislature, and how to hide a griffin in plain sight in Hollywood) enriching this story and world. It's neat to see a questing group most of whom have four legs rather than two, but who are all fully people and contributing members of the team. It's generally light (not too deep or intense), assuming you have the stomach for the ickier bits of the CSI genre, with likable and sympathetic characters, and an intriguing plot. The various species' lend color, with their differing priorities and assumptions, from the warrior centaurs (my first comparison would be Klingons) to the snooty fay deer. There were a handful or so of errors or iffy wording, but only two that particularly bugged me, because they were repeated: 1) Sorry, but "McCloud" is Dennis Weaver the Taos cop, not Highlander Christopher Lambert or Adrian Paul! MacLeod is the original Scottish spelling, with the same sound. 2) "Alight" means to get DOWN, not mount up! (That one actually confused me, the first time it was said.) Some of the Olde Englishe and circumlocutory speech used at court and among the Parliament might need a bit of polishing, too, when it's coming from supposedly native speakers. I own the Kindle edition. N.b., I essentially finished this yesterday, but I'd been figuratively propping my eyelids up with toothpicks to get to the solution, and simply couldn't stay awake any longer for the dénouement, so it looks like this took me longer than my usual 1-2 days to read, but it was really pretty quick, just a matter of being broken up by my schedule. ETA one note that I forgot to make: The main story ends at 90%; there's an excerpt from book 2 included in the back.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Michael's second book follows the same theme as set between the two worlds and both worlds nearly succumbing to being in a war that will cause millions to perish. It must be my reading of fantasy novels as when I think of this one mainly because of the Centaur- the books "Percy Jackson" by Rick Riordan pop into my head. In Centaur of the Crime , the detective is a female Dayna Christie , she works for the LAPD Crime scene analysis team. When a murder occurs at the local construction site , Dayna Michael's second book follows the same theme as set between the two worlds and both worlds nearly succumbing to being in a war that will cause millions to perish. It must be my reading of fantasy novels as when I think of this one mainly because of the Centaur- the books "Percy Jackson" by Rick Riordan pop into my head. In Centaur of the Crime , the detective is a female Dayna Christie , she works for the LAPD Crime scene analysis team. When a murder occurs at the local construction site , Dayna is called down to investigate and her eyes set sight on a gold medallion , where did it come from ? What was it doing near the victim ? . The gold medallion turns out to be a summoning piece and Dayna finds herself transported to the world of Andeluvia. Someone has killed their realm's king and it is up to Dayna to solve the crime and capture the murdering guilty party. When the crime leads her between both worlds, things get crazy and soon Dayna is feeling the pressure as if she doesn't hurry the people of Andeluvia may rise up in revolt as each day she spends solving the crime is one day of planning between the Andeluvians and Centaur Kingdoms. A fun series that reminds me overall of Chuck Black's Kingdom Series and Donita K. Paul's Dragon Series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cole

    This Crime is Rated a Felony There is a sense of awe and wonder when you read a book, especially so when that book takes you somewhere special. That place being the author's very personal imagination. Something that you can almost tangibly feel, the effort, the emotion, their fears, their desires; whatever the mind can come up with and that the writer wishes to show us, it is euphoric to experience its like.Which is something I didn't experience here; the plot, characters; everything felt contri This Crime is Rated a Felony There is a sense of awe and wonder when you read a book, especially so when that book takes you somewhere special. That place being the author's very personal imagination. Something that you can almost tangibly feel, the effort, the emotion, their fears, their desires; whatever the mind can come up with and that the writer wishes to show us, it is euphoric to experience its like.Which is something I didn't experience here; the plot, characters; everything felt contrived, shallow, not well thought out. The scheme of the story was very short sighted, there just wasn't enough material. It is short and the pace was off. It is predictable and didn't fulfill any of my expectation. I have read another book by the same author with similar results but was hoping that this one might be different, because, honestly the premise of the story sounds very fun. Neither of them delivered though. What it comes down to is ultimately I just didn't care about this story or the characters Admittedly I did listen the audio book and that might have contributed to my detachment of the tale. But still...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Bought this as WhisperSync on the cheap, but it is worth paying real money for all the laughs it brings. Hint: Don't try listening/reading this one while in a crowded waiting room, people look at you funny when you spontaneously react to things. Won't do a recap or spoilers, just think Temperance Brennan in LA with friends of Jim Butcher. Including the snarkiness. The audio performer, Katrina Carmody, is a conundrum. She is involved, pleasantly voiced, and emotive, but there are these occasional Bought this as WhisperSync on the cheap, but it is worth paying real money for all the laughs it brings. Hint: Don't try listening/reading this one while in a crowded waiting room, people look at you funny when you spontaneously react to things. Won't do a recap or spoilers, just think Temperance Brennan in LA with friends of Jim Butcher. Including the snarkiness. The audio performer, Katrina Carmody, is a conundrum. She is involved, pleasantly voiced, and emotive, but there are these occasional peculiar word pronunciations. And we won't really get into a personal pet peeve about CAValry vs CALvary. Even so, she gives depth and adds to the fun.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    One of the more entertaining novels that I have read in awhile. All of character were great and 'believable' in the context of the story. The story line was unique and creative. The ending was unexpected and well thought out. the ending was complete but also left the option for more stories. I really did enjoy this book and hope to see more. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. One of the more entertaining novels that I have read in awhile. All of character were great and 'believable' in the context of the story. The story line was unique and creative. The ending was unexpected and well thought out. the ending was complete but also left the option for more stories. I really did enjoy this book and hope to see more. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Phillips

    THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. What a wonderful blend of fantasy and forensics Mr.Angel has woven in this book. All the action of a good crime series and characters that remind you to believe in yourself! I can't wait to start the next one . Keep up the great writing we book worms need your imagination Mr.Angel!!! THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. What a wonderful blend of fantasy and forensics Mr.Angel has woven in this book. All the action of a good crime series and characters that remind you to believe in yourself! I can't wait to start the next one . Keep up the great writing we book worms need your imagination Mr.Angel!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin Wallace

    I have to begin by saying that I was given a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. That out of the way, I can get on with the good part. I noticed when I was checking out the other reviews that the reviewers described Crime of the Centaur as being a case of CSI:Miami meets C.S.Lewis. I would have said J.K.Rowling, but I get the point. Perhaps due to the critters involved, comparing it to Lewis' Narnia is okay, but that's where I think the comparison leaves off. For anyone who doesn I have to begin by saying that I was given a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. That out of the way, I can get on with the good part. I noticed when I was checking out the other reviews that the reviewers described Crime of the Centaur as being a case of CSI:Miami meets C.S.Lewis. I would have said J.K.Rowling, but I get the point. Perhaps due to the critters involved, comparing it to Lewis' Narnia is okay, but that's where I think the comparison leaves off. For anyone who doesn't want spoilers, I would recommend that you stop reading here. I thought that the book was good enough to invest in the WhisperSync version, and I would have gladly paid for it had I read a free sample first (something I do regularly when checking out authors that are new to me). I invested in the two books that followed this one, am looking forward to the release of book four in the series, and I feel confident in recommending this for teen readers who are old enough to appreciate writers like Lewis, Tolkien, Rowling, and McCaffrey. What would you do if you were a Crime Scene Investigator and you suddenly you found yourself investigating the murder of someone you found dumped in the hills near L.A.? Worse yet, as you're examining the corpse, you get shot at, discover a gold medallion that you can't seem to put down in the deep in the chest wound, and determine that everything is just OFF about the victim, dubbed Connor MacLeod, by a colleague. To make matters worse, you discover that you have taken the medallion home after cleaning it up, something that will put you in a dragon-sized cauldron of hot water if it's ever discovered that you have it. The cherry on the icing of the whole situation is that you suddenly find the medallion coming to life when you bring it back the next day you show it to the ME friend who might be able to protect your back. When you awaken, you find yourself face to face with a real, live breathing centaur who seems to be awaiting your arrival. This is the situation that CSI Dayna Chrissie finds herself in on what turns out to be a not typical day in the life of a Crime Scene Investigator. It seems that Benedict, the King of Andeluvia, has been murdered, and Dayna was summoned to solve the murder before war erupts between the humans of the kingdom and their centaur neighbors in three days' time. Benedict has brokered an uneasy peace between the factions, and his demise has thrown Andeluvia's world into chaos. In order to solve the murder, Dayna finds herself trying to navigate the pitfalls of court intrigue, complete with the Medieval-era notion that a woman has few sensible thoughts and is limited in usefulness to looking pretty and producing an heir. Along the way to help her solve Benedict's murder, she meets up with Shaw, a Griffin who is expelled from Captain Vazura and Lord Behnaz' s Air Cavalry when he insists on helping Dayna solve Benedict's murder for the sake of honor when both Behnaz and Vazura are less than eager to help. Liam is a Fayleene Prince, one of the deer-like race famed for giving luck, but who is a near outcast from his kind because he is seen as being unlucky. Even Galen, the gentle, Centaur wizard, is considered an outsider by the Centaurs - it turns out that he is the son of the Centaur king, Angbor and someone who Angbor looks down upon because of his more scholarly and less war-like pursuits. Along the way, Dayna confronts dragons, behind-the-scenes political and court intrigue, and even a trip back to her world with Galen, Shaw, and Liam in tow, as she has to return to her own world as she confronts an unexpected foe who seemingly has returned from the dead before she can finally solve the murder of Benedict and unmask the perpetrator back in Andeluvia. I won't reveal the ending here, but Dayna's journey to uncover the murderer is a fast-paced ride complete with twists and turns that make for a wholly enjoyable experience. I noticed that the story is well written and full of hilarious references to modern culture. Galen's clan is a thinly-veiled nod to one of my all-time favorite horse breeds, the Friesan (remember the beautiful, black steed that Rutger Hauer's character rode in Ladyhawke?). The name of Liam' s people harks back to the mother of Bambi (Falene). I am quite sure that subsequent readings will produce more sly Easter eggs, and I am looking forward to seeing just how many I can find in this and the other books in the series. I have to say that this book is dangerously good. More than once when I was going back to check on spellings and the like in the book for this review, I would suddenly look up only to find that I had read multiple chapters beyond what I needed to because I had become drawn into the story all over again. Trust me, this is something that happens only rarely for me, and I will be including this book with those of such authors as Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Janet Kagan, J.K. Rowling, C.S.Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien as a work that I can reread anytime without getting tired of it. One note here, though, and this is through no fault of the author. I purchased the WhisperSync version of the book to go along with the print copy. Maybe because I worked with the blind and visually impaired for so long, I have a different slant on things. I worked 15 years for a radio station that broadcast readings of local newspapers, national magazines, and books from the New York Times Bestseller list for our listeners in Western NY, Western PA, and Southern Ontario, Canada, and one of the things we always told our volunteer readers was to treat each reading as though we were going into a friend's house to read for them in a clear, natural voice. There was no need to act out the book like a play, and the listeners would regularly call in to say how much they appreciated this approach. The readers who use the Books on Tape for the Library of Congress program frequently fall into this trap, and in the few times I've had to make use of the service, myself, I can personally attest that this is true. I can fully understand why a listener told me she regularly avoided certain readers, despite the subject matter because she couldn't stand the way they read their books. I discovered that there was one book that I put aside before I had even gotten through the first side of the first tape. Unfortunately, the reader of the WhisperSync version was one of these readers who wanted to be an actress for something that would have benefited from a straight reading of the book. She mispronounced a number of words, something that was jarring enough to my ears that I had to restart the section on a number of occasions, interrupting the flow of the story. The voice that she gave to Shaw and Angbor was often difficult to listen to and understand, and throughout the book, she couldn't seem to settle on one consistent accent for Liam. I heard traces of Irish, Welsh, and Scottish accents that seemed to change back and forth, sometimes within the same paragraph. I couldn't tell whether she was unfamiliar with the accent she was attempting, or just uncomfortable with something that wasn't straight American, but it had a very unfortunate affect on the continuity of the audio version. Again, I have to note that this had nothing to do with the author, and I can certainly understand why the subsequent books have no audio component to them. I would love to see what another reader could do with the books. I found the book to be immensely good, and I feel comfortable recommending it to almost any reader. The language is certainly not overly gory, and any young reader mature enough for Tolkien or Rowling will do just fine. All in all, it was well worth the read, so much so that I have already purchased the next two books in the series. I can't wait to start them and get back to the world of Andeluvia.

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    I like stories that blend different genres. This sounded like it would be an interesting mix of police procedural mystery and fantasy. Unfortunately it was more of a disappointment than a gem. There were alot of things that hurt this story. First, there is very little forsensics in the story. The mystery is weak as well. It is about on the level as a Scooby-Doo cartoon mystery. The fantasy is a basic feudal system with centaurs, griffons (with a slight change from the classical design of front ha I like stories that blend different genres. This sounded like it would be an interesting mix of police procedural mystery and fantasy. Unfortunately it was more of a disappointment than a gem. There were alot of things that hurt this story. First, there is very little forsensics in the story. The mystery is weak as well. It is about on the level as a Scooby-Doo cartoon mystery. The fantasy is a basic feudal system with centaurs, griffons (with a slight change from the classical design of front half being an eagle and back half being a lion. Here is lion body and just eagle head and wings of course.), talking owls, and a race of talking deer-like creatures. So weak on all three (forsenics, mystery and fantasy) is the first problem. Next, the flow or pacing is hurt by two things. One is that the author is overly descriptive. Conversations are routinely streched out as the author dumps tons of minute details on the reader. Nothing is simple, especially colors. They are described like "a creamy orange as an orange creamsicle" or it " was red like a berry, perhaps chokeberries". The second is that everytime some action started or something was about to be revealed in a conversation, the author would do a chapter break. It was as bad as those reality shows that go to commercial right as they are getting ready to announce the winner. I did appreciate the author trying to cut down on the use of foul language. But the main character using the term "effing" got to be as tedious as if she had been using the term it was replacing. Another thing that was overused was the main character's brain "going click" and suddenly understanding whatever she needed to know. For characters that were switching worlds, they all seemed to take it in stride just a little too much. Now the characters from the fantasy world said they had studied our world but then they were confusing on what they understood and didn't understand. They knew about forsenics but not about guns. They understood modern English and slang except for the words "carriage" and the phrase "turn the tables". I felt that the author should have done more research on some of the topics in the book. Forsenics should have been better understood. Also, some of the medieval situations. For example, the author said the pikemen were carrying large shields. Pikes are extremely long spears that require two hands to use so at best they would only carry small shields for when they switched to close combat. This was a good notion that just wasn't executed to its fullest.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aelvana

    Dayna is a crime scene analyst in Los Angeles. When an unidentified body promises a new case, she sets to work as usual. But nothing about this is going according to her expectations. Transported to another world, where she joins forces with a griffin, a centaur, and a talking deer, she's under a tight deadline to solve the mystery of a murdered monarch before a war breaks out. And before the killer manages to add her to the list of victims . . . This was so much fun. The beginning sets things up Dayna is a crime scene analyst in Los Angeles. When an unidentified body promises a new case, she sets to work as usual. But nothing about this is going according to her expectations. Transported to another world, where she joins forces with a griffin, a centaur, and a talking deer, she's under a tight deadline to solve the mystery of a murdered monarch before a war breaks out. And before the killer manages to add her to the list of victims . . . This was so much fun. The beginning sets things up like a typical crime scene drama, with the personalities of Dayna and several of the cops coming through loud and clear. We have a mysterious dead man---and someone seems to object to the investigation. And then the magic hits, and Dayna is suddenly in another world, summoned by a centaur wizard. I loved the characters. Dayna is tough and competent, and trying hard to do what she does best in a place where she doesn't know any of the rules. Investigating a dead king is tough when most of the suspects are nobility that can't be offended (read: questioned), so she's stuck looking at the evidence and trying to draw conclusions from there. So this is less about the "beat cop" side of crime scene investigations, and much more about the forensics. Then there's Galen, the formal centaur wizard, who is in the uncomfortable position of being one of the only centaurs in human lands while the centaurs are gearing up for war against them. Or Shaw, the even-more-formal griffin, whose honor is as great as his thirst for battle. Even if he isn't as young as he used to be. Or Prince Liam, the fayleene who gets volunteered because he's unlucky. Everyone's bursting with personality, but also complexity. Many crime novels don't focus much on character depth, but this one puts equal weight on the characters and the crime. So if you're looking for a fun fantasy/mystery, this should definitely be on the list of books to check out. I rate this book Highly Recommended. See my reviews and more at https://offtheshelfreviews.wordpress....

  23. 4 out of 5

    WHATCHA READIN'? BLOG

    Highly entertaining storytelling! Just as the series' title advertises, Centaur of the Crime is an engaging mix of fantasy and forensics! It also features fascinating world building, and action galore with surprising twists as the plot quickly advances. The author takes the reader on an epic adventure spanning modern day drama of investigating a homicide on th mean streets of LA to a medieval civilization where magic, intrigue and a warped code of honor seem to rule the day. Seriously, this one h Highly entertaining storytelling! Just as the series' title advertises, Centaur of the Crime is an engaging mix of fantasy and forensics! It also features fascinating world building, and action galore with surprising twists as the plot quickly advances. The author takes the reader on an epic adventure spanning modern day drama of investigating a homicide on th mean streets of LA to a medieval civilization where magic, intrigue and a warped code of honor seem to rule the day. Seriously, this one has car chases and battles with dragons and so much more! I especially enjoyed the author's ability to insert the reader into an unfolding scene with liberal use of a colorful turn of phrase. As I devoured this story I could not only envision the action and setting, I could practically feel, taste, and scent things as the characters would. If you enjoy being immersed in an adventure, do not miss this one. As a devoted fantasy romance reader, I savored the teasing hints of delicious slow burn chemistry between the heroine and a certain homicide detective. A connection the author so ably described as "somewhere east of poetry and west of horny". I look forward to more on this front! This story is well written, filled with deftly developed characters and the amazing ability to suspend reality for a few hours in a most enjoyable manner.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Fantastic and fun When Dayna Crissie, the lead crime scene analyst for the LAPD, is called to investigate a murder, she finds a golden amulet that insists on staying in her pocket. She is transported to the land of Andeluvia. The king, Benedict, has been murdered and his death is linked to the crime scene in LA. Dayna along with Galen, a centaur wizard, Shaw, a griffin warrior, and Liam, a faylene prince, are tasked with solving the crime in three days. After that, the land of Andeluvia will be Fantastic and fun When Dayna Crissie, the lead crime scene analyst for the LAPD, is called to investigate a murder, she finds a golden amulet that insists on staying in her pocket. She is transported to the land of Andeluvia. The king, Benedict, has been murdered and his death is linked to the crime scene in LA. Dayna along with Galen, a centaur wizard, Shaw, a griffin warrior, and Liam, a faylene prince, are tasked with solving the crime in three days. After that, the land of Andeluvia will be at war. This is a fun book for almost all age groups. Once I started reading it, I found it hard to put down. This book is part of a series but can be read alone. Although, stopping at one book may prove to be difficult.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bolen

    Magicians meets Bones There is a better series with a similar premise by D D Barant called The Bloodhound Files. Those books are better. The concept of talking animals is interesting, but without a solid concept of how it's a little flat. The speech was terrible. Verily, I say unto you If you can't replicate Shakespeare then don't sound like a bad RenFaire reject. It's a foreign world just have someone cast a spell where everyone speaks the same language--I.e. TARDIS translator. The twist was oka Magicians meets Bones There is a better series with a similar premise by D D Barant called The Bloodhound Files. Those books are better. The concept of talking animals is interesting, but without a solid concept of how it's a little flat. The speech was terrible. Verily, I say unto you If you can't replicate Shakespeare then don't sound like a bad RenFaire reject. It's a foreign world just have someone cast a spell where everyone speaks the same language--I.e. TARDIS translator. The twist was okay someone with a less twisty brain may not have seen it coming. I like the resolution it was wonderfully real life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    M.H. Thaung

    I really liked the premise of this book—contemporary forensic specialist Dayna plying her trade in a fantasy world. However, the story didn't quite hit the spot for me, and I struggled to remain engaged. I got tired of how many times Dayna's "brain went click" and she suddenly had the solution to a problem. It feels like having the character (or story) relying on too many leaps of inspiration cheapens achievements. My other main grump was the overly coy chapter endings where some important piece I really liked the premise of this book—contemporary forensic specialist Dayna plying her trade in a fantasy world. However, the story didn't quite hit the spot for me, and I struggled to remain engaged. I got tired of how many times Dayna's "brain went click" and she suddenly had the solution to a problem. It feels like having the character (or story) relying on too many leaps of inspiration cheapens achievements. My other main grump was the overly coy chapter endings where some important piece of information was revealed, but not to the reader. It was a pleasant enough read, but I don't feel inclined to read the sequels.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dj

    This book is something of a cross between CSI and Dungeons and Dragons. A Crime Scene Investigator in LA comes across a body that provides more questions than answers. While looking over the body she finds a Medallion and then someone tries to kill her. Things get unusual from there, she ends up being transported to another world where the Humans and the Centaurs are ready to go to war and she has three days to solve the Murder of the Good King to prevent it. Along the way, she picks up a team o This book is something of a cross between CSI and Dungeons and Dragons. A Crime Scene Investigator in LA comes across a body that provides more questions than answers. While looking over the body she finds a Medallion and then someone tries to kill her. Things get unusual from there, she ends up being transported to another world where the Humans and the Centaurs are ready to go to war and she has three days to solve the Murder of the Good King to prevent it. Along the way, she picks up a team of helpers that might make things easier or more difficult. There is a Centaur, a Griffen and a Feelyan, this last looks like a white tail deer. This book is nothing like your average mystery, but it is fun and unexpected.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rosalind

    I started enjoying this fantasy pretty much right from the start. The heroine was smart, independent and kind. There is a subtle message here, in that she groups up with losers and enemies, who all become friends. There is a twist (spoiler alert) near the end when she figured out who the murderer is and reflects as to her own weakness, along with that of the murderer, in her relationship with said murderer. She is tough, and pursued the murderer, while protecting her newly made friends

  29. 5 out of 5

    Timothy VanderWall

    I never know what to expect when I begin to read a fantasy mystery (or mystery fantasy, if you will). Some are very disappointing, being not very much mystery or very poor fantasy. Centaur of the Crime pleased right from the start. You have a lovely female crime scene investigator working on a rather strange murder, who soon after you meet her gets whisked into another world to solve a murder there. (Or is it both murders?) Grand characters, great settings, decent puzzle, enjoyable plot. What mor I never know what to expect when I begin to read a fantasy mystery (or mystery fantasy, if you will). Some are very disappointing, being not very much mystery or very poor fantasy. Centaur of the Crime pleased right from the start. You have a lovely female crime scene investigator working on a rather strange murder, who soon after you meet her gets whisked into another world to solve a murder there. (Or is it both murders?) Grand characters, great settings, decent puzzle, enjoyable plot. What more could a mystery and fantasy junkie ask for?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Hanley

    I have no idea how I ended up with this on my que, but I'm glad I did. It was a fun read. What a clever idea to put a crime scene analyst in a magical world of centaurs, griffins and talking deer. Loved it. The characters are all really cool, with distinct voices and big personalities. Dayna Chrissie is a hoot with a wonderful, irreverent take on things. In fact, the tongue in cheek humor was one of my favorite parts. Well written and somewhat exciting plot. I do recommend this, though it does s I have no idea how I ended up with this on my que, but I'm glad I did. It was a fun read. What a clever idea to put a crime scene analyst in a magical world of centaurs, griffins and talking deer. Loved it. The characters are all really cool, with distinct voices and big personalities. Dayna Chrissie is a hoot with a wonderful, irreverent take on things. In fact, the tongue in cheek humor was one of my favorite parts. Well written and somewhat exciting plot. I do recommend this, though it does seem to be part of a long series. If you're into long series, then you'll be happy with this.

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