Hello, fellow audiobook listeners. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Midnight Smoke written by Helen Harper and narrated by Ruth Urquhart. The third audiobook in Helen’s urban fantasy series, Firebrand.
My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Audio, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.
What’s Midnight Smoke about?
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Title: Midnight Smoke by Helen Harper
Series: Firebrand #3
on 12 January, 2021
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Suspense, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 7 hours 52 minutes
Supernatural Squad might be small, but we're growing in power. The vampires and werewolves of London are beginning to respect me more and I feel like I know what I'm doing - even if I don't yet understand what I truly am.
Unfortunately, there might be a few snags to deal with. I'm trying to avoid Lord Horvath, the black-eyed vampire leader who seems intent on a more intimate relationship. There's also Devereau Webb, who runs a small criminal syndicate and has offered me a mysterious gift that I'm certain I don't want. And across the span of one single day, supernatural hell breaks loose across the city of London.
A suicidal vampire has climbed up the London Eye.
Three werewolves have hijacked a tourist bus.
This might prove to be the longest day of my life.
©2020 Helen Harper (P)2021 Tantor
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook
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Listened To: 27th January – 1st February 2022
What did I think about it?
A Great Race-Against-Time Police Detective Story
I’m a newish fan of Helen Harper, having only listened to four of her books so far. However, I really like her writing style; it feels well researched and natural. The supernatural world that Helen has created is a rich, fantastical tapestry that still feels real and believable. I enjoyed the pace at which this story evolves and liked the twists, turns and red herrings she added to the plotline. The banter in this story was really good too. It felt natural and had me smiling and chuckling out loud quite a few times. 😘
Midnight Smoke is book 3 with new crimes to solve and new supes to meet.
I mentioned before how I liked that there was such a varied selection of characters in this series so far. We’re introduced to a few more supernatural species in this story. But kudos go to Helen because she has given her paranormal characters traits and personalities that I haven’t come across before. There are some wonderful ones that warm my heart and others I really enjoyed hating. 😘
A protagonist that’s growing and evolving to become a worthy heroine.
I’m not going to lie, I was unconvinced about Emma Bellamy as a police detective at first. However, as the series has progressed, she’s proved herself to be intelligent, resilient and quick to learn. I’m loving seeing her actively filling the gaps in her knowledge and skills during this series. It’s a steep learning curve but she’s holding her own; building relationships and her reputation. Midnight Smoke really put her powers of deduction and police training to the test. Emma has become a formidable force to be reckoned with and has nurtured a great team around her.
Ruth Urquhart is a really good narrator.
I like the pace at which Ruth reads this story; she does a good job of drawing me in. For me, her performance captures Emma’s personality to a tee. In addition, the emotions and inflexions that Ruth uses for the different scenes feel natural; she brings them to life. She has also created many different voices for the various characters, both male and female. Each voice is distinguishable from another, so, thankfully, I never feel lost during the many conversations, wondering who is speaking.
Midnight Smoke is a really good audiobook.
It’s a great race-against-time story to get your teeth into and a wonderful example of a character-led urban fantasy plot. I’ve already added the next audiobook – Scorched Heat – to my audio library. I’m keen to find out what cases Emma and her fabulous team have to investigate next and how her position in the MET and London’s supernatural community is affected after the incidents in this story.
Has my review of Midnight Smoke encouraged you to find out more? I bet it has! Click on any of my links to check it out yourself.
Keep reading to find out more about Helen Harper. But first, let me share some info about this series.
Firebrand by Helen Harper
Emma Bellamy is on the Degree Holder Entry Programme to become a detective constable for London’s MET. She’s assigned to Supernatural Squad as her final placement. A placement she has to complete before she can become a fully-fledged detective.
But Supernatural Squad is turning out to be a far more life-changing placement than Emma expected.
Each book in this urban fantasy series sees Emma faced with a new crime to solve – which she does with her growing knowledge and experience.
Books in the Series
- Brimstone Bound (Firebrand #1) (2020)
- Infernal Enchantment (Firebrand #2) (2020)
- Midnight Smoke (Firebrand #3) (2020)
- Scorched Heart (Firebrand #4) (2021)
Now as promised, here is Helen Harper’s bio and social media links.
And because this is a review for an audiobook, here is Ruth Urquhart’s bio and links too.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about Midnight Smoke. Have you read this one or any others by Helen Harper? Are there any of Ruth Urquhart’s narrations in your collection? Drop a comment below so we can compare notes. 😉
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