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Suzanne McLeod

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I am the author of the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series set in present-day London with dangerous faeries, seductive vampires, bureaucratic witches, eccentric goblins, rock-solid trolls, copious bloodletting [umm ... probably not suitable for children] magic, mayhem and murder!

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The Sweet Scent of Blood # 1 out now UK (Gollancz)/US (Ace)
The Cold Kiss of Death # 2 out now UK/26th April US
The Bitter Seed of Magic # 3 2011 out now UK /2012 US
The Shifting Price of Prey # 4 2012
The Hidden Rune of Iron # 5 tbc
The Sharp Bite of Ritual # 6 tbc

The Sweet Scent of Blood

The Sweet Scent of Blood

'My name is Genny Taylor. I work for Spellcrackers.com. It’s a great job, pays the rent, lets me do the thing I’m good at – finding magic and cracking it – and the bonus is it’s run by witches, which stops the vamps from taking a bite out of me.

Not that vampires are the big bad any more, not since they launched a slick PR campaign – ­ oh, and they brought the goblins on board. Now the vamps are sought-after celebrities, and Getting Fanged and taking the Gift are the new height of all things cool.

But only if you’re human.

And I’m not.

I’m Sidhe fae.

And I know firsthand just how deadly a vampire can be.’

When Mr October, a sexy calendar pin-up vamp, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, an old debt is called in and Genny is forced to help prove his innocence, risking her job and the protection it offers – and threatening to expose her own dark secrets. Searching for the killer plunges Genny deep into the hidden heart of vampire society. It’s not long before she realises that she and Mr October are both unwitting pawns in a centuries-old power struggle between London’s non-human communities . . . and it’s not just her own neck that’s at stake, but the lives of all London’s supernaturals.

The Cold Kiss of Death

The Cold Kiss of Death

Being haunted by a ghost is the least of Genny’s problems: she’s also trying to deal with the witch neighbour who wants her evicted. Finn, her sort-of-Ex – and now her new boss – can’t quite decide whether he wants their relationship to be business or pleasure. And then there’s the queue of vamps inviting her to paint the town red; how long before they stop taking no for an answer?

Just when it seems things can’t get any worse a human friend is murdered using sidhe magic. Determined to hunt down the killer and needing help, she turns to one of London’s most capricious wylde fae and the seductive vampire Malik al-Khan.

But all too soon she realises she doesn’t know who she can trust – and now Genny’s the one being hunted, not just by the police, but by some of London’s most powerful and dangerous supernaturals.
y’s got a whole heap of problems to deal with; she’s being haunted by an abused ghost, her witch neighbour wants her evicted, and her sort-of-Ex – and now her new boss – can’t decide whether he wants their relationship to be business or pleasure, not to mention the queue of vamps all inviting her to paint the town red! But then her problems take an even worse turn when one of her human friends is murdered using sidhe magic. Not only is she determined to hunt down the killer before they kill again, but she ends being hunted herself, and not just by the police, but from some of London’s most dangerous and powerful supernaturals.

The Bitter Seed of Magic

Out now UK / 2012 US

The Bitter Seed of Magic

On the surface, Genny's life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss and -- well, Genny's not sure what else she wants him to be -- has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London's fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm.

Then a faeling -- a teenage girl -- is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magic, and Genny is called into investigate. As she digs through the clues, her search takes a sinister and dangerous turn, exposing age-old secrets that might be better left buried. Then another faeling disappears, and Genny finds herself in a race against time to save the faeling and stop the curse from claiming its next victim -- herself!


I live in the UK about a mile from the sea with my husband and our geriatric rescue dog. We share our garden with a colony of pipistrelle [we think] bats.

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