New Hopeland City may be the birthplace of Tech Shifter gear, but it isn’t the only place that likes to blend technology with folklore. Now, a new nightmare is stalking the streets…
When PI Cassie Tam is attacked on the way home one night, she expects the police to get involved. What she doesn’t expect is to be forced into acting as bait to lure out a lunatic in a tech-suit that’s literally out for blood. But past actions have consequences, and doing so may be the only way she can get a clean slate from the city’s law makers.
If only that didn’t mean having to face down a wannabe vampire.
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I thought this was a pretty cool cover… and it’s perfectly fitting for this sci-fi mystery story.
LV48 is Book 3 in Matt Doyle’s Cassie The Tam Filesseries. I’ve enjoyed the first two, this one and look forward to more of Cassie’s stories. Although this is part of a series, each book is a complete story and necessary backstory details are presented. It works as a stand-alone.
The mystery: When Cassie is attacked by a supposed mugger, she’s thrust into a new case and a new role working alongside the New Hopeland police department. The mugger is nicknamed LV48 and the mystery of who he is and why he is attacking must be solved. There are several characters pulled into the story as victims, suspects and investigators. Each one brings a different slant and new possibilities to consider. I thought the pacing was very good even if a bit fast as characters and scenes change and unfold. Some of the manoeuvrings are a bit intricate and I was a little confused at times but overall the story flowed well.
The secondary characters introduced in the first two books are brought back and some of them have more of their backstories revealed. It was fun to get to know the PD staff better and the inclusion of tech shifter marshall, Donal was a well-written, entertaining addition.
The number of characters and how many of them are connected could be confusing at times and I did find myself double-checking a few bits. One character will probably show up again in a later story, providing a bit of a cross-over from this book and some more answers.
The technology: I found it very Interesting to read about the ‘futuristic’ tech being described. The stuff that Matt introduces isn’t too far out or far off. You can just about imagine it being invented soon enough. Except the pet-protector AI gargoyle, Bert. Sorry Shalini, he still seems to be some many years off 😂.
Overall, this is an entertaining, well-plotted futuristic mystery and I look forward to continuing this series.
I give LV48 4/5 espresso shots.
Disclaimer: I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the author, however, I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.