Review: Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy

, by Kt Clapsadl

Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy
Walker Papers #5

Seattle police detective Joanne Walker started the year mostly dead, and she's ending it trying not to be consumed by evil. Literally.

She's proven she can handle the gods and the walking dead. But a cannibalistic serial killer? That's more than even she bargained for. What's worse, the brutal demon can only be tracked one way. If Joanne is to stop its campaign of terror, she'll have to hunt it where it lives: the Lower World, a shamanistic plane of magic and spirits.

Trouble is, Joanne's skills are no match for the dangers she's about to face—and her on-the-job training could prove fatal to the people she's sworn to protect….


For weeks now, someone has been killing and well, munching on people in Seattle. Many detectives have been given a shot at cracking the case. However, when not one single shred of evidence is found at any scene, it is becoming clear the killer is most likely not human. Its up to Joanne and Billy to figure it out who the killer is and stop them quickly. After a nasty confrontation they find out the killer is a wendigo, a nasty soul-eating creature. Unlike her prior escapades, she is really outmatched, and may just not have enough to stop this creature.

The usual characters return in this book, Morrison, Billy, and Gary. Gary of course is her steadfast rock whenever she needs him. He just could not get more awesome! It was so heartbreaking when Joanne confessed her past to him. He actually gets to help Joanne directly in this book, and it was great to see him shine. Morrison, unfortunately only played a small part. I found his absence slightly disappointing, but I am a little biased. I would prefer he was majorly prevalent in all books.

So, now that Joanne is really coming into her powers, it only makes sense that her love life would become even more of a mess. Coyote returns in this book and well, complicates things. Joanne does have feelings for him, but her heart is really already claimed. I felt really bad for Joanne and her completely torn emotions. I cannot imagine being in love with someone you absolutely cannot have, let alone in love with someone else as well that you cannot give all of yourself to because of the other love. Whew, its exhausting just trying to imagine how that would feel. I do hope that she is now accepting things, she might get a little happiness in return, even if it means not being with Morrison. I really don't think Coyote is entirely right for her, but if he can make her happy, well then she deserves it. Its just going to have to be one of those wait and see things.

Joanne really gets herself in come hot water in this book, and its amazing to see how she musters through. Once again, the action has been stepped up. Look forward to jealously, major mistakes, an unfriendly visit from the past, and an annoying reporter that just won't get off her back in this great 5th installment. I really cannot wait for the next book.

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