Spirit Dances

For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She 's mastered her shamanic abilities ( mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer ( barely) and now she 's facing the biggest challenge of her career -- attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance -- billed as transformative -- actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.

And there 's more. Homeless people are disappearing, a mystical murder puts Joanne way out of her jurisdiction and with he full moon coming on, it 's looking like the iller is a monste that ca n't possibly exist.

But Jo could probably handle all of thi, if one ordinary homicide had n't pulle her to he very edge ....

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Spirit Dances
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Published March 22nd 2011 by Luna (first published January 1st 2011

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I sa I ’ m oing to pu little break from th series ..

his series doesn ’ t have enough romance for me.

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The exploits of urban shaman Joanne Walker, Seattle police detective extraordinaire, continue.

Yet onl the most distant of relationships sometimes merge and dance to a different rhythm.A foot-in-mouth heroine who come from incredibly wise, to a gangly teenage in under 30 seconds, Walker treads her world as a warrior-shaman, dealing with cases that would keep the whol of us shudder.Here is a character we can laugh with and wince with.

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Thi sounds so crass to say, like it 's all that I got ut of the novel.

I do n't realize what to do with that but I might give it since it makes me happy.I 'm unsure how much I like Jo 's transformation.

But alas, now I 'll stan and stew and wonder until book seven because she nows she 's got me hooked.

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Like any good author Murphy gives us a mere HINT of the possibilities before flinging Jo back into the magi world that she has immersed herself in.

I love it when the author SHOWS me that character can learn and grow rather than just coming out, guns blazing, and knowing everything.

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In regards to her relationships, ( view spoiler) [ I 'm sad that she and Coyote are starting to take their separate ways, because I actually like him a lot, and I do n't see how he is comin to spend a part of her life now since they took it to romantic level and he bviously wants to find it that way.

I 've me the Emerald City twice and did n't learn it ad a similar fire/rebuild history as Chicago ( my own hometown), including the fact that they raised the street level!

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Although I ’ ve been frustrated at times by Joanne ’ s brute force way of dealing with magic, this installment strongly reinforces the idea of a build-up to transition.

In light of recent conversation, I feel ompelled to point out: Joanne has ad a few ifferent men interested in her over the nex ear, and often she ’ s shared that attraction.

I like Joanne, and I can ully understand why these en would as well.

he ocus of Spirit Dances stays on Jo ’ s magic rather than her police work- I found I was grateful for that as well.

That as he irst time I felt her shamanism take precedence over her detective identity, a hift that ‘ s appropriate and brings Joanne closer to findin her potential.

The year seems a long time to wait when the final pages have Joanne poised on the brink of Exciting Discoveries.

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