Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks
Mortal Sins feels, to me, like a really good ghost story. It’s a great installment to the series.
Publisher’s Description: FBI agent Lily Yu is in North Carolina with her lover and mate, Rule Turner, Lu Nuncio of the Nokolai werewolf clan. He is there to take custody of his son from the boy’s grandmother. It’s a purely personal trip until Rule, in wolf form, finds three bodies in a shallow grave. They carry the stench of death magic, which makes the murders a federal crime. Lily takes charge of the investigation and soon realizes that nothing adds up- not the motives or the main suspect, who is behind bars when death strikes again.
But murder, however bizarre, is an everyday affair for Lily, who was a homicide cop before being recruited into the FBI’s Magical Crimes Division. A more personal shock arrives in the form of Rule’s son’s mother. Why would she now challenge Rule’s plan to bring his son to live among the Nokolai? But family matters must take a backseat when the violence escalates, and there’s no rhyme or reason for the next strike- by a killer who may not even be of this world.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
With Rule and Lily firmly a couple, Cullen and Cynna married and pregnant, and Lily on personal leave, things seem to be going as well as our group can ever expect. But, of course, wherever they go, so does trouble.
In North Carolina, Lily and Rule get pulled into a ghost story that has some big implications for Rule in his dual-mantled state, so we get to learn a little more about the Leidolf clan and Rule’s position in it.
North Carolina is where Rule’s son, Toby, lives with his grandmother, Louise. Louise is ready to let Toby live with his father, but Toby’s mother has other ideas. It’s a real treat to meet Louise and see more of Toby. Toby has a part to play in the mystery, and it’s great to see him growing up and learning from his dad.
As always, the voice acting is amazing. I so identify these voices with these characters now that hearing the actors’ voices in a different series is a bit weird. Frequent audio listeners will tell you that consistency in voices is pretty important, especially in long-running series, and that hearing those voices elsewhere can take a little adjusting.
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If you like this book…
… you’d probably like No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong. This book is part of her Women of the Otherworld series and has the same ghost-story feel. Amityville Horrible is a novella involving the same characters if you want a smaller taste.