Deadly Curiosities—Good But Not Great

Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin book cover
Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin

Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin is an urban fantasy told from the first person point of view of Cassidy Kincaide. She’s the proprietor of Trifles & Folly, an antiques store with the secret agenda of finding and neutralizing haunted items.

1—The Crew

Cassisy is a phychometric psychic, meaning she can read an objects history by touching it. Sometimes, if the object is powerful enough, she doesn’t even need to touch it to be overwhelmed by the memories of dead people. Then there’s her employee Teag, an expert fighter who possesses Weaver magic, which he mostly uses to weave together information and hack the Darke (sic) Web, the supernatural version of the Dark Web. There’s also Sorren, Cassidy’s silent and secret partner in Trifles & Folly, a five hundred year old vampire. He’s part of a supernatural Alliance and Cassidy’s family have been helping him for generations.

2—Murder and Mayhem

Something is riling up the ghosts of Charleston, South Carolina. Previously normal objects are becoming haunted. There are shadow men an demons running amok and killing homeless people. And all of it ties to an old enemy of Sorren’s who should be dead, but isn’t.


I found myself hurrying through Deadly Curiosities not because I was desperate to find out what happened next but because I wanted to get on to the next book in my to-read pile. It’s not that Deadly Curiosities was bad—I’d have just stopped reading it if it was—but it just didn’t hook me the way my favorite books do. I don’t know if I’ll pick up the next in the series or not.

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