Whyborne & Griffin fans, did you know I’m not the only writer of gay paranormal Victorian investigators? KJ Charles exploded on the scene last year with The Magpie Lord, the first in her Charm of Magpie series. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so! And if you have, be advised the wait is over, and book 2 A Case of Possession is now out.
I had the immense pleasure of reading this one early, and I’d like to tell you it’s even better than the first.
A Charm of Magpies, Book 2
Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.
Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.
The rats are closing in, and something has to give…