Who is Cassie Scot?
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
I've met Cassie Scot in two earlier novels, and she's a fascinating character. You can find my reviews by following these links:
and here's my review of this wonderful third novel. (Can you tell, I'm really enjoying this intriguing series?)
Mind Games, by Christine Amsden
Third in the Cassie Scot, Normal Detective series, Mind Games ups the ante of the overarching story with Cassie, broken-hearted, falling for a powerful mind-mage, while Evan, the cause of her heart-break, still strives to get her back.
When the pastor’s home burns, locals turn against the witches in their midst, quoting the Bible and lighting fires. Condemnation overrides kindness, and their ire might burn even those who are merely guilty by association. But Cassie’s job is to find out how and why the first fire was set. Her mind-mage friend works secretly to calm the storm, while Evan works with a powerful new magician who plans to unite all of magic under one government.
Big government, didactic churches, love, rejection, betrayal—it’s a heady mix, well-brewed and scarily told. There’s just the right amount of serious soul-searching in this novel to leave readers wondering how easily societies start to fall apart. Then there’s action and relationships, an excellent underlying mystery, good police work, wonderful characters, magical and otherwise, and ideas that invite serious thought...
The novel would stand alone quite well, but readers would be well advised to start at the beginning. With so much going on, it’s clear now this series has beginning, middle and end. Now, as the end-game approaches. I’m eager for book four!
Disclosure: I’m hosting the author on her blog tour and was given a free ecopy for review.
So, where can you buy these books?
Print release June 15. Audiobook release TBA.
Want to know more about Mind Games?
Beware your heart and soul…
Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible.
Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.
First Chapter: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?page_id=3118 (Warning: Contains series spoilers. New readers to the series would be better off checking out the preview of book one at
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.
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