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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
After a senator is gruesomely murdered, a group of librarians searches for his killer in the delightful urban fantasy, Booked for Murder (Vigilante Magical Librarians: Book 1) by R.J. Blain. Personal magical abilities are measured and quantified by the government, and those who are mundane pay a hefty price. Janette understands the difficulties that accompany magical and non-magical skills. Because of her extraordinary magic, Janette is on a lifetime contract as a bodyguard for Bradley Hampton. While fulfilling her contract, Janette nearly dies in a car crash. Several months later, Janette awakens from a coma, crippled, and the prognosis is not good. Bradley tells her he expects her back when she is in prime condition. Taking his words literally, Janette changes her name, falsifies her magical capabilities, disappears into the city, and becomes a librarian. However, when a prominent senator is murdered at the library, Janette's life turns topsy turvy. Bradley is part of the investigation, and now, Janette's freedom and fake identity are in jeopardy.
Booked for Murder (Vigilante Magical Librarians: Book 1) by R.J. Blain is a sensational urban fantasy that will thrill everyone from young adults on up. The engaging plot includes a little drama, plenty of humor, charming characters, and exciting scenes. The characters are so authentic and likable, it was easy to lose myself in their unusual and intriguing circumstances. Janette's and Beatrice's cheeky attitudes are entertaining, and I enjoyed the banter between the two of them. I loved all of the characters, but with her fierce loyalty and concern for others, I think Beatrice is my favorite. While this story contains action and excitement, it is combined with a light touch of romance and a lot of humor, creating a dramatic and captivating novel.