Book Review: The Taken by: Vicki Pettersson

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Publish Date: June 12, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

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Synopsis: He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal worlds.

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was over fifty years ago when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Now he’s a Centurion, an angel who assists other murdered souls through their journey to the afterlife. But while Shaw might be an angel … he’s no saint. Haunted by the mysterious events surrounding his own death, he seizes a chance to wreak some vengeance when he witnesses a deadly attack on journalist Katherine “Kit” Craig.

Joining forces, the unlikely avengers take to the streets, hunting a killer whose trail of bodies stretches across Las Vegas and into an immortal netherworld. It is a dangerous trek that lead them into the darkest corners of Sin City and into the heart of an evil conspiracy extending beyond the lights of the Strip that could destroy them both.

But destruction isn’t the only threat Griffin faces. The closer he gets to Kit, the more he finds himself bewitched by her mortal charms. Can he resist falling under her spell? And does he want to?

Review: Griffin Shaw was a private investigator back in the 1950s, until he and his beautiful wife, Evie, were murdered. Now Grif is a Centurion – the lowest of the angels, who Takes the spirits of people who died violently into the Everlast. Nicole Rockwell was murdered in the Wayfarer hotel, known as a place where prostitutes work. However, Nicole’s no prostitute. She’s a photographer for the local newspaper which is owned by her best friend Kit’s family. When Nicole begs to change her clothes before moving on, Grif can’t resist a damsel in distress. This indiscretion costs Grif his wings and he’s flung back onto the mudflats of Earth until he Takes another spirit – Nicole’s best friend, Kit Craig, who is a rockabilly girl. Yet as he’s drawn into the mystery, he can’t bring himself to let Kit die. Together they work to find out the truth behind Nicole’s murder before it’s too late for both of them.

I loved Ms. Pettersson’s Signs of the Zodiac series and I was very excited to read the first in the new Celestial Blues series, The Taken. I was not disappointed in the least. The main characters had a style and flair you don’t normally see these days. Kit always tries to see the best in people, loves and lives the rockabilly lifestyle, and is a true inkhound. Grif is the gruff hard-boiled private dick with a heart of gold underneath the rough and tumble exterior. Their interactions and relationship is unique and I love the respect Grif shows for Kit, even when he doesn’t see eye to eye with her. Searching for Nicole’s murderer, the perpetrators behind a prostitution ring and the people who killed Grif and Evie will take Grif and Kit even closer to the edge of death…and that may be what some higher powers are looking for. Definitely for adults, due to the violence and some sexual situations, The Taken is a unique voice in the paranormal mystery/romance genre. I am looking forward to see where the Celestial Blues series will take us next!

Celestial Blues Series: The Taken (1)


  1. I've seen a lot of positive reviews for this one around and it looks like something I would enjoy so i'll be adding this to my must reads. Also I love the cover. Great review!


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