Review: Hotter than Helltown by S.M. Reine


untitled (25)Hotter than Helltown by S.M. Reine
“A killer is mutilating bodies in Los Angeles. Agent Cèsar Hawke is on the case, but the murderer is ahead of him–way ahead of him.

Wiping the memories of the dead so that the team’s necrocognitive can’t talk to them? Done. Preventing magical reconstruction of the crime scenes? Oh yeah. And the murders keep getting more brutal while Cèsar struggles to catch up.

The best way to heat up a cold case is to go to Helltown, where Los Angeles’s most powerful evil hides out, but even those demons are afraid of the murderer. Their fear adds one more question to the growing pile of unknowns:

What kind of bad guy is too hot for Helltown?”


“Hotter than Helltown” is the third book in the Cesar Hawkes Preternatural Affairs Series.

I really enjoyed this series, although it is different to S.M. Reine’s previous work. There is no romantic element to this series, which is okay, because I think it works better without it. Cesar really is one ass kicking witch, and I love the fact he has a “Firefly” DVD obsession.

“Hotter than Helltown” has more of a horror edge to it, as this instalment deals with a mutilating serial killer.

This series is perfect for Jim Butcher’s Dresden fans, as it blends the supernatural, witchcraft and procedural investigations.

I am a huge SM Reine fan and Hotter than Helltown is a welcome addition. If you haven’t read SM Reine before, I urge you to do so immediately! Many of her books are often free- and usually the first book in a series is perpetually free, so you have no excuse not to be reading.

Seriously, this is a well written series that is so fast paced, you will be left wanting more.




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