Before I left Boston I signed up for a group read of Storm Front by Jim Butcher. This is the first book in the series the Dresden Files. Unfortunately, due to some problems with my move and catching a cold I was not able to participate in the group read hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings for R.I.P. Ironically, I finished the book because I had a cold. One of the early days in my new apartment I felt like crap. I stayed in and read this novel.
It was the perfect book to read on a sick day. The plot isn’t too intense or complicated. The novel is a fast, easy, and entertaining read. The plot revolves around Harry Dresden, a wizard who offers his services to help people solve some of their problems such as finding lost objects. One day, Harry is hired by a woman named Monica to help find her husband Victor. Also, he is working with the police to help solve a double murder. The victims had their hearts ripped out and Harry and the one of the detectives, Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, director of Special Investigations Unit of the Chicago Police Department, believe that magic was used to kill the man and woman.
But wait, there’s more. Harry is approached by a gangster to stay out of the murder investigation, the White Council who polices wizards are looking into Harry’s activities to see if he should be punished by death for breaking their rules, and the murderer knows Harry’s name and wants him dead. Talk about a rough few days at the office.
One of the aspects that I really enjoyed about this novel is the author’s sense of humor. At one point, Harry is fighting off a demon, while protecting his date who has accidentally swallowed a love potion. To make matters worse, Harry was in the shower when the demon appeared on his doorstep. Harry is naked while fighting off a demon and a woman who is crazed with love potion.
If you are looking for a fun read I would suggest this novel. I know I will continue reading the books in this series. However, I haven’t seen the TV series based on these novels. If you have seen the series, is it worth watching?