Urban Shaman

Author: Lyn Gala

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: April 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4


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New York City Detective Miguel Rassin is having a very difficult time. An incident during an investigation has caused the press to vilify him in the worst possible way, even though he was cleared of any wrong doing by internal affairs. He can’t leave the station without being attacked by reporters. He is assigned to a missing children’s case in the Bronx. Seven children have disappeared in the last three weeks. The parent’s of these children have no love for the police and much to Miguel’s frustration no one is talking.


The only person willing to talk to them is a Shaman named Nikolai Adelman. The families of the missing children truly believe in him. Despite his surprising attraction to charismatic young man, Miguel firmly believes that he is either crazy or a very unusual conman. The more Miguel learns about the case the less sense it makes. As he spends time with the shaman he begins to experience things he can’t explain. Having no other options available to him Miguel reluctantly begins to believe Nikolai’s claims that spirits are some how involved in the disappearances.

URBAN SHAMAN by Lyn Gala is not the average mystery novel. I knew this novel would be different from the first page. Miguel’s problems with the reporters immediately had me curious about what he had done to deserve such notoriety. The mystery also grabbed my attention right away. One child missing under mysterious circumstances is sinisterly intriguing but the discovering that seven children have gone missing ratcheted up the tension to a whole new level. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the case.

Nikolai is one of the most unique characters I have ever come across. He often seems bigger than life and sometimes like Miguel I felt a little overwhelmed by his exuberance. He is very funny and he provided some relief from the pressure of the mystery. As I got to know him I realized that he has his problems as well. His responsibilities to his people weigh very heavily on him. He has also resigned himself to being alone until he meets Miguel. Miguel is going through a very difficult time. His current troubles bring up many unpleasant memories and he is hurt that so many people are willing to believe the worst of him. Nikolai helps him to begin the healing process.

The romance in this novel is very subtle. There is an obvious and strong connection between the two heroes. The tension between them is palpable at times but they don’t get together until close to the end of the novel. It left me hoping there will be a sequel. I would like to see these two as a couple. URBAN SHAMAN is a distinctive and thrilling mystery novel.

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