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A Key an Egg an Unfortunate Remark A MYSTERIOUS KILLINGAfter years of waging a secret war against the supernatural Marley Jacobs put away her wooden stakes and silver bullets then turned her back on violence She declared Seattle her

  • Title: A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark
  • Author: Harry Connolly
  • ISBN: 9780989828499
  • Page: 393
  • Format: ebook
  • A MYSTERIOUS KILLINGAfter years of waging a secret war against the supernatural, Marley Jacobs put away her wooden stakes and silver bullets, then turned her back on violence She declared Seattle, her city, a safe zone for everyone, living and undead There would be no preternatural murder under her watch But waging peace can make as many enemies as waging war, andA MYSTERIOUS KILLINGAfter years of waging a secret war against the supernatural, Marley Jacobs put away her wooden stakes and silver bullets, then turned her back on violence She declared Seattle, her city, a safe zone for everyone, living and undead There would be no preternatural murder under her watch But waging peace can make as many enemies as waging war, and when Marley s nephew turns up dead in circumstances suspiciously like a vampire feeding, she must look into it Is there a new arrival in town Is someone trying to destroy her fragile truce Or was her nephew murdered because he was, quite frankly, a complete tool As Marley investigates her nephew s death, she discovers he had been secretly dabbling in the supernatural himself What, exactly, had he been up to, and who had he been doing it with More importantly, does it threaten the peace she has worked so hard to create Spoiler yeah, it absolutely does.

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    1. Andy on said:

      This is urban fantasy turned on it's head. Where typical urban fantasy would have a powerful wizard kicking ass and taking names, Marley Jacobs uses her wits and tricks to solve problems. She keeps the peace in Seattle's magical community through charm, wit, wisdom, and caring. Marley's path seems unique, she is constantly second guessed and challenged, but never takes the bate and give in to violence. Pacifist urban fantasy? Yes please. Marley really is charming and kept me reading well into th [...]

    2. Mike on said:

      While this hasn't been released yet, I got a copy as a stretch goal for The Great Way trilogy Kickstarter. I was super excited for this bonus book, as Harry has been blogging about this book for some time, and I was getting worried that I'd never get to read it.Now, for the book itself:The thing I enjoy most about Harry Connolly's work is his attention to creating unconventional and interesting characters. This book does not disappoint! Many of the urban fantasy tropes are flipped, and the resul [...]

    3. Lachlan Hardy on said:

      For some reason I was expecting a 20 Palaces story. This is very much not that. And despite how badly I want more 20 Palaces, I'm okay with it as long as Harry Connolly keeps delivering delightful quality like this. I read a *lot* of urban fantasy and this made me so happy. There's mystery, humour, and unpredictable weirdness. There are wily factions and stupid hoodlums. Marley Jacobs always knows what she's doing, except that she doesn't. At all.The nephew who just wanted to help out his elderl [...]

    4. thefourthvine on said:

      I continue to feel super weird about this book almost six months after reading it, and I don't think I'm going to feel less weird or let down anytime soon. The thing is, I think I'd have given this book an extra star, and it wouldn't have been a disappointment at all, if I hadn't read *about* it before reading it. This IO9 article gave me expectations that just -- were not met at all. I can't say why without massive spoilers, but this book is not, in my opinion, what the author thinks it is. But [...]

    5. Text Addict on said:

      Don't let the somewhat stilted writing style put you off, there's a reason for it.If you enjoy seeing tropes deconstructed, this is the book for you.

    6. John on said:

      The most well-crafted and engaging urban fantasy novel I've read in years. Entertaining, original, and fast-paced.

    7. Tara on said:

      I really wanted to like this book. The idea is fantastic. Pacifist urban fantasy featuring a female protagonist over 60. Yes and please. The execution, though, is greatly lacking.I enjoy books about which others complain not much happens. In fact, it was while reading the reviews on one of those books (as I often do after reading a book) that I found a rec for this book. This is no such book. A lot happens and events constantly propel the characters from point to point. So, I am disappointed by [...]

    8. Georgiann Carlson on said:

      One of the slowest books I have ever read…like watching a snail sleep and believe me, THAT would have been a better use of my time, than reading this book. I didn't care about any of the characters and it was flat, boring and I wish I would have stopped reading it by page ten. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

    9. David Wickham on said:

      It was an easy read and a good way to kill a quiet Friday evening.

    10. Louis on said:

      This is a pacifist urban fantasy, but when I read a genre book, my opinion is shaped not by the setting, but on the character interactions. And in this case, we have an older mentor, long in experience, and the younger follower, in this case a generally competent combat veteran, but new to the world they are in. And in writing their interactions, Harry Connolly does it in a way that feels real.The setting is a Seattle in a world where vampires, were-animals, ghosts, demons and other sundry super [...]

    11. Harris on said:

      This was an interesting departure from the traditional narrative of urban fantasy. Instead of a 20-30-something bad-ass wizard/private detective combo, the main character is Marley Jacobs (and it bothers me how long it took me to get the "Jacob Marley" reference), a 60-70-ish woman living a quiet but fulfilling life of a Seattle socialite. Despite hints that Marley was quite the bad-ass herself in her younger-days, the Marley WE get to know is less Harry Dresden and more of a mix of Miss Marple [...]

    12. Bruce Baugh on said:

      First off: the title is the three-part answer to a question in the book. You'll know it when you see it.This is urban fantasy, set in contemporary Seattle; the main character is Marley Jacobs, a 65-year-old woman who's retired from monster hunting in favor of working out arrangements so that people can live in safety from the monsters of the aread vice versa. She's dedicated to solving the problems that arise without violence. The prose is serviceable, with the occasional well-turned phrase. Not [...]

    13. LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions) on said:

      [An old review I'm just now adding to GR.]I bought this because I loved the idea of an urban fantasy starring a 60+ year old pacifist. At the start of this book, the eccentric and rich Marley Jacobs is holding a fundraiser at her house. Aloysius, her sleazy nephew, stops by and tries to convince her to give him a love potion so he can win back Jenny, his ex-girlfriend and Marley's current assistant. Marley has always found Aloysius to be tiresome, and now she's finally had enough. She forces him [...]

    14. Tom on said:

      Another great novel by Mr. Connolly.Do you have one of those authors that when you read his or her book you wonder why in the hell they are not more successful and why hasn't everyone wanted to read this?Mr. Connolly's novels have done that for me. I stumbled upon Child of Fire a few years back, and fell in love with the Twenty Palaces series that was a bummer of being cut short. Because of that I was following his social media and when he promoted his new 'The Way' series recently I participate [...]

    15. Erik on said:

      This is a marvelous book. It's set in modern day Seattle and has magic and magical creatures, but it's not an urban fantasy. To me an urban fantasy pretty much has to be told in the first person. This is third person. The tone is also pretty light, reminding me of the lighter Doctor Who episodes. Perhaps Cozy Fantasy? Whatever it is, we need more like it.There's a bit of a Holmes/Watson thing, when former soldier Albert goes to help his aunt Marley by being her driver and door opener. You quickl [...]

    16. Stephanie on said:

      A really fun, quirky urban fantasy novel that felt a bit like the kind of fantasy Elizabeth Peters might have written - similar kinds of colorful characters, quirky humor and sharp, powerful older women. I really adored Marley Jacobs, the elderly heroine of this novel. Her nephews think of her as just an eccentric, Auntie-Mame-style old lady, but she's an urban fantasy heroine all grown up, enjoying her old age and the peace that she brought to her city. Of course, that peace gets seriously brok [...]

    17. Berni Phillips on said:

      This was fun. It was a cheapie I picked up for Kindle a while back and finally got around to reading. With a character named Marley Jacobs, I wondered if the author was ever going to make a Christmas Carol reference. Finally he gave us a throw-away line.This book feels like it's part of a series but I don't know if it is. It was a different paranormal fantasy, which is nice. Sure, there are vampires and werewolves (okay, werewolf) and a dragon, but Marley herself is something different. And she' [...]

    18. Donna on said:

      This book started out strong--I liked the unconventional heroine and the story seemed intriguing (hence the second star). But it turned out that both of the main characters were just boring. The magic system wasn't well developed and the ""curse" that Marley was under only came into play once and it didn't add anything to the story. By the end I was just waiting for it to be over.

    19. Perry on said:

      There's something about this bookOn the surface, it doesn't SEEM like it should work? Butere's a sense to it.ath the surface? Reminds me a lot of that under the surface reasoning of Alice in Wonderland. It doesn't SEEM to make any sense to me, but it seems to have that internal logic going for it that totally makes everything that happens reasonable and logical. Tis weird.

    20. Jordan Summers on said:

      This book literally had me guessing to the very end who the bad guy would be. I wasn't sure what was going on, but I really LOVED it. I especially like the fact that the person kicking ass and taking names is someone's older aunt. Nice for a change. If you want to read a good paranormal mystery with an unusual protagonist. This is the book to grab. :)

    21. Jacob Haller on said:

      A supernatural detective story featuring an elderly witch who kicks five different kinds of ass. This book has a sly sense of humor, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The sense of humor reminded me a bit of Neil Gaiman, maybe.

    22. Rachel on said:

      Marley Jacob's holistic detective agencyThis is an astonishingly fun story. There's something very odd about Marley, and we see increasingly more of it as she tries to solve the mystery of a murder. I'd love to read more of these!

    23. Fey on said:

      I love this book. Incredibly witty and lots of fun! I can't wait to read the next book in this series :)

    24. K. Bird Lincoln on said:

      I picked this up after listening to Connolly on the Nerd Book Report podcast being interviewed due to his SPFBO Finalist Novel. I first read his Twenty Palaces Urban Fantasy some years ago when the market wasn't quite inundated with male/action/UR and really enjoyed it.This one he described on the podcast as being written in response to the idea that there aren't many middle aged women UF. And indeed, one of the overriding fun tropes of this book is how Marley Jacobs, a woman of a certain age wh [...]

    25. Marlene on said:

      Originally published at Reading RealityI bought this book because I read an article from the author on io9. It turned out that the io9 article was an extract from a more complete essay published at Black Gate. It’s here, go read it. I’ll wait.For those who didn’t go to the full article, it’s the author talking about the writing of this book – specifically that there are no female protagonists in urban fantasy of a certain age. Or any age over 35. He had me hooked at that point, because [...]

    26. Kim Switzer on said:

      A fun story with so very many characters! They were hard to keep track of. But it was fun and light reading.

    27. Hobart on said:

      ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---I'm not sure where to start with this one, I guess you start with the most distinctive mark and go on from there. Any criminal plying his trade in Gotham City knows that's Batman's city, and criminals have to factor in his claim to it before doing their crime. Ditto for Metropolis and Superman. Any alien race knows that the Earth is under the protection of The Doctor. You get the idea. Well, the same goes for the living, [...]

    28. Larou on said:

      Harry Connolly is the uncrowned king of the elevator pitch: After “Epic Fantasy without the boring bits” for his Epic Fantasy Trilogy The Great Way, now it’s “Pacifist Urban Fantasy” for his most recent offering, the (you guessed it) Urban Fantasy novel A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark (and he’s really good with snappy titles, too).Urban or (as I prefer) Paranormal Fantasy a genre is pretty much defined as being about “badass heroes or heroines kicking lots of ass”; and even [...]

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