Set in Corpus Christi, Texas, four years after Portals have opened between the Human world and Otherwhere, the home of elves, dwarves, ogres, shades, sorcerors and weird fantasy critters galore, P.L. Blair begins her murder mystery story with the smell of a dead ogre upsetting Detective Kat Morales. Morales is working with her Elf partner Tevis MacLeod to follow a trail of spells, swords, deaths, conspiracies and evil most foul to a final match-up between Tevis and his former Elf lover Coira, who has "gone bad" in a spectacular way. There are spells, wards, crystals, even a dragon or two, but what most struck me about this wonderful novel was the matter of fact, smooth storytelling that moves along in a dynamic way from puzzle to puzzle to helper to foe in a final battle n the Between dark realm that lies "in between" the Human and Supernatural worlds. Loved the back story of the various critters from Otherwhere, how some cope with renewed access to Earth while others don't, and how a seemingly simple murder mystery can become a "sitting on the edge of your chair" wonderful tale! Outstanding writing, fine characters and action a minute make this contemporary paranormal fantasy a winner!