This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova
Series: Linnet Ellery #1
Source: Personal shelf
What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves—or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.
Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.
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This book has been on my Want list for quite some time but I’ve been tightening up the ol’ book budget so I waited until it was released as a mass market paperback. I’m glad I was able to find it while I was in Florida since it’s an enjoyable and slightly different urban fantasy. It’s part legal procedural, part urban fantasy, and all good.
Linnet is nothing like your typical urban fantasy heroine. She doesn’t have superpowers, she doesn’t have magic, and she doesn’t have secret supernatural heritage. What she has is a law degree, the will to succeed, and some family connections. I really enjoy stories that star an underdog and Linnet practically personifies the word. No one likes her at work, she’s assigned to a case that no one wants, and she ends up nearly getting killed for it. But Linnet eventually finds her feet and starts investigating, with the help of John O’Shea, a Fae investigator often hired by the law firm.
This is where things get good. Bornikova has crafted a great mystery for us and I really wasn’t sure how the case would get resolved. There are so many twists and turns as Linnet tries to figure out what’s going on with the inheritance and why people are suddenly (and literally) out for blood after so many years of the case stagnating. I couldn’t predict how things were going to turn out and that made me really happy. 🙂
Another selling point is that THIS CASE IS GONNA KILL ME has some fantastic mythology. The world Bornikova has created is really interesting. Supernaturals are out in the open and they have important relationships with humans. Linnet’s family has ties with a powerful vampire, which is part of the reason she got hired at her fancy White-Fang law firm. Everything seems very clearly laid out and well planned and I look forward to learning more about the series mythology in future novels.
I’ve seen a few negative reviews about THIS CASE IS GONNA KILL ME but I quite enjoyed the novel. It’s a strong urban fantasy debut for Bornikova and I’m looking forward to BOX OFFICE POISON.