Dying Bites is a paranormal detective story. Jace Valchek is a FBI profiler who is abducted from our world into a parallel universe inhabited by vampires, werewolves and golems. Humans exist also, but they are the minority. Jace’s character could easily have been male or female in my opinion. The fact that she was a kick-butt female who had little fear attracted me in the beginning. Jace takes being ripped from her world and told she has to solve a string of mass murders fairly well. She trades jabs with the pires, thropes and lems like she doesn’t really believe what is happening to her. The title of the book seems to only serve as a another example of this type of jab. I appreciated Jace’s wit, but I also felt that her wit served as a wall which didn’t allow me access to her psyche and didn’t fully allow me to experience the roller coaster of emotions one would expect with this kind of tale.
The story is further complicated by the addition of human shifters, witchs, magic, gods, demons, and ancient spells and rituals which takes it further from being a parallel world and more like a different world entirely. I enjoyed this book, but I am not certain I would pick up the other three in the series. Partly because I wasn’t able to connect with the main character enough and partly because there was very little in the way of romance, and I like me a good romance.
I think if you enjoy detective stories and want to throw in a few supernatural beings in the mix you might enjoy this one. Personally I would give it a 4/5 stars, others may give it a higher rating.