Kylah Porter is a specialist. Her job is to ensure that nothing unpleasant sneaks across the border into our world from all the others. Because something is always trying, the monstrous little buggers.
When a high-profile politician disappears from a house under armed guard, the authorities are clueless. The arcane symbols daubed on his bedroom wall don’t help. Neither does the fact that they’re written in his own dripping blood. For supernatural investigator Kylah, this is a chance to earn her spurs. But as well as confronting an unsolvable puzzle, she faces hostility in the shape the cynical police officer running the investigation. He doesn’t believe in the occult. He’s convinced it’s just another murky urban crime. But Kylah suspects someone’s paying a terrible price for dabbling in the dark arts. She knows her career and the missing man’s life are on the line. But time is running out for the both of them.
Once a successful doctor of medicine, DC Farmer now works two days a week for the NHS and, thanks to the wonders of Krudian physics, the other nine days a week for Hipposync Enterprises, as a scribe.
Hipposync was established in the early fourteenth century as a purveyor and publisher of rare books, the sort of stuff you are not able to get elsewhere and which contains information as varied as how to guard your castle against the Hordes of Maltasub using Harpie blood and tar, and how to change a beetle into a useful toothpick.
Of course, you will have gathered from all of this that Hipposync is, in fact, just a cover. What lurks beneath that thin veneer of respectability (yeah, right) is much, much more ... (more)