Yannia Wilde returns to the Wild Folk conclave where she grew up, and to the deathbed of her father, the conclave’s Elderman. She is soon drawn back into the Wild Folk way of life and into a turbulent relationship with Dearon, to whom she is betrothed.
Back in London, unassuming office worker Tim Wedgebury is surprised when police appear on his doorstep with a story about how he was stabbed in the West End. His body disappeared before the paramedics’ eyes. Given that Tim is alive and well, the police chalk the first death up to a Mage prank. But when Tim “dies” a second time, Detective Inspector Jamie Manning calls Yannia and, torn between returning to the life she has built in Old London and remaining loyal to the conclave and to Dearon, she strikes a compromise with the Elderman that allows her to return temporarily to the city.
There she sets about solving the mystery of Tim’s many deaths with the help of her apprentice, Karrion. They come to realise that with every death, more of the echo becomes reality, and Yannia and Karrion find themselves in increasing danger as they try to save Tim. Who is the echo murderer? What sinister game are they playing? And what do they truly want?
With thanks to Louise Walters (publisher), for providing an arc paperback to review. I had already read Infallible Justice which I thoroughly enjoyed, the story provides a mixture of various magic types with murder mystery, along with very intriguing characters. The covers of the books are also very well designed, giving an unusual edge against other books in the same genre.
This story brings you into a murder straight away within the first chapter, the victim is killed, not long after he just ‘disappears’ before the paramedics eyes! With this being the beginning, it prepares you for a murder mystery with a fascinating twist or two!
Yannia returns back to the Wild Folk, to visit her father the Elderman, who is dying. Yannia returns only to see what is happening with her father, she believes she has been asked to return after her agreement with her father to stay in Old London (to continue her Private Investigation work), to be with him for his last few living days.
The passion between Yannia and her betrothed mate Dearon, is a strong desire that neither can ignore. However, Yannia is conflicted between what she wants and the needs of her people. I enjoyed reading more about the Wild Folk and how they live and hunt.
Yannia returns to Old London, after receiving a mysterious call from her police contact DI Jamie Manning, she meets up with her sidekick Karrion, who in the last book, only began his journey with Yannia as her apprentice. They work extremely well together, with her being from the Wild Folk and Karrion being a Bird Shaman, they combine their skills to solve the murder(s).
Once everything has been explained as to what the victim Tim Wedgebury has been supposedly been involved with, Yannia and Karrion begin their investigation. There are many unanswered questions, one is; why is Tim being targeted, when he is clearly not dead or got any enemies!?
Throughout the story, you learn more about the other types of magical people, that could be involved. The places they go for their ‘magical’ shopping, which intrigued me into finding out more about Old London. This story I believe does enhance this, giving the reader a more in-depth understanding of the magic around.
As Yannia and Karrion investigate further, the plot thickens to what is happening to Tim and who could be involved. It would seem that there is a reason behind why Tim is being targeted, however he doesn’t understand why, he is a quiet man, only looking after his mum.
I really enjoyed once again, how Yannia becomes involved within the research into her investigation, the various people she speaks to, providing the clues she needs. This makes the story flow, allowing the reader to be in her shoes.
With a fascinating twist to the murders, how can one man be murdered more than once? Along with the relationships between Yannia, Wishearth and Lady Bergamon, it brings the story to life with characters that you will remember. Even from the first book I would love to visit Lady Bergamon’s mysterious garden, lovingly grown and cared for. Wishearth has a loving elder feeling about him, I believe he has his own reasons for helping and protecting Yannia.
I am very much looking forward to reading the next chapter in Yannia’s life, what could happen, will she permanently return to the Wild Folk, will she get another fascinating magical case!? Laura Laakso’s next book is called Roots of Corruption.
You can purchase Echo Murder direct from the publisher here.
Here is my review from her first book Infallible Justice.