Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, living between worlds but not belonging to either. At 21, Cassie tries to find a place for herself, but she soon learns that 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.
In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. Cassie, determined to make the most of her powerless state, has set up shop as a detective in her hometown of Eagle Rock, Mo., an area overflowing with weirdness of every kind. When she's hired to deliver a subpoena to a local witch, she stumbles over a dead body and becomes the target of vampires. She must also deal with familial conflict and her complicated feelings for the charming yet unpredictable Evan Blackwood, the dead woman's cousin. Readers will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado. Amsden's take on vampires and the paranormal is interesting, but she doesn't bring many new ideas to the table.