by Jayne Castle
Series: Looking Glass Trilogy #3, Arcane Society #12, Harmony #8
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Charlotte Enright, owner of a small antiques shop called Looking Glass Antiques on Rainshadow Island, and Slade Attridge, the community's new chief of police, both have something in common: they possess strong paranormal talents. They met several years ago when they were in their teens spending the summer on the island. Slade saved Charlotte from a gang of drunken toughs, but then at the end of the summer Slade and Charlotte went their separate ways and started their adult lives. Now, fifteen years later, they have both been drawn back to Rainshadow Island. They will discover the adult passion they have for each other and start to explore some of the mysteries of the forbidden section of the island known only as the Preserve
I preordered Canyons of the Night and was delighted when it arrived. Having read all of the Arcane Society novels, I knew that once I started reading, I’d be unable to stop. I highly recommend this series, if you are looking for a mystery, romance thriller with a paranormal twist. Second Sight by Amanda Quick was the first paranormal book I’d ever read. I read the back cover and said, “Paranormal?” “What?” “Yuck!” My husband brought this book home to me and since I didn’t want to hurt his feelings; I dutifully began reading and thus my love for paranormal books began. This opened the door to all the genres for me. Don’t be afraid to try a new genre, you may be amazed at what you find.
For those of you who have not yet read this series, I want to give you a little background on the author. Jayne Anne Krentz writes all of the Arcane Society novels using three different names. When writing about the past, she uses the pseudonym Amanda Quick. When she writes a contemporary story she uses her own name. When she writes about the future on a colonized planet called Harmony, she writes as Jayne Castle. While all of them can be read as a standalone or as part of a trilogy, I recommend reading them in order. I have added the author’s link at the bottom of this review, so that you can see the chronological order of the series.
Canyon of the Night, the third book in the Looking Glass Trilogy, takes place on the colonized planet of Harmony. The setting is Rainshadow Island. Protagonist, Charlotte Enright is back on the island after inheriting an antique shop called The Looking Glass. Slade Attridge, a former FBPI agent, returns to accept the chief of police position. They both feel an instant connection, but personal demons leave them leery. Things quickly heat up after a break-in and murder at the Looking Glass. Someone on the island wants them dead and something is definitely wrong with the Preserve. I liked the main characters and was intrigued by some of the town’s people. Foreshadowing leads me to believe we will meet them again. The novel is filled with suspense as they work to unravel the mystery. The romance is steamy and discreet, a talent that only Castle (Krentz) can deliver. While wrapping up the murder investigation, the book left many unanswered questions about the Preserve. The story kept me completely engrossed and had me saying things like, “one more chapter and I’ll go to bed.” I am looking forward to the next book in this series and hoping for some answers.