Downpour by Kat Richardson — book review

Downpour: A Greywalker Novel by Kat Richardson. Piatkus ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Downpour is the sixth novel set in the Greywalker universe. Our heroine, the PI Harper Blaine, lost her powers at the end of Labyrinth: Greywalker 5, and as a result she is reluctant to get involved in any supernatural investigations. But as ever a routine search for a missing witness at Sunset Lakes brings far more than she expected or wanted.

Harper is led by ghostly re-enactments behind a deserted cabin, to a burned out truck risen from the lake with the help of a Chinese demon. Working closely (if reluctantly) with the local Park Ranger and Law Enforcement she gradually unpicks a convoluted skein of warring mages, each working toward claiming the considerable Magical energy that resides beneath the lake’s icy surface.

Plenty of action and laconic humour (often provided by Harper’s pet ferret) in what is basically a supernatural whodunnit, as the clues point toward each suspect in turn before ending in the chaos of supernatural justice being served. And yes, for anyone who has read previous books in the series, Downpour is more detective than the supernatural fiction of Labyrinth, being more grounded in the now (as was the first volume), but non the worse for that. A good holiday read.

Downpour: A Greywalker Novel by Kat Richardson. Piatkus ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Downpour is the sixth novel set in the Greywalker universe. Our heroine, the PI Harper Blaine, lost her powers at the end of Labyrinth: Greywalker 5, and as a result she is reluctant to get involved in any supernatural investigations. But as ever a routine search for a missing witness at Sunset Lakes brings far more than she expected or wanted.

Harper is led by ghostly re-enactments behind a deserted cabin, to a burned out truck risen from the lake with the help of a Chinese demon. Working closely (if reluctantly) with the local Park Ranger and Law Enforcement she gradually unpicks a convoluted skein of warring mages, each working toward claiming the considerable Magical energy that resides beneath the lake’s icy surface.

Plenty of action and laconic humour (often provided by Harper’s pet ferret) in what is basically a supernatural whodunnit, as the clues point toward each suspect in turn before ending in the chaos of supernatural justice being served. And yes, for anyone who has read previous books in the series, Downpour is more detective than the supernatural fiction of Labyrinth, being more grounded in the now (as was the first volume), but non the worse for that. A good holiday read.