Science Fiction/ Fantasy Mass Market Paperbacks of Note, April 15, 2012

Aguirre, Ann. Devil’s Punch: A Corine Solomon Novel. ROC: NAL. Apr. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780451464491. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

As a handler who can read the past of any object she touches, Corine Soloman (Shady Lady; Hell Fire; Blue Diablo) discovers her gift’s downside when the magic world treats her as a black witch for using demons to help with her problems. As she fights to reopen her pawn shop and rebuild her relationship with her former lover, a demonic kidnapping changes everything.

Barant, D.D. Back from the Undead. St. Martin’s. (Bloodhound Files, Bk. 5). Apr. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780312545062. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

FBI profiler Jace Valcheck lives in an alternate America populated with supernaturals. Her latest case (after Better Off Undead) pits her against traffickers in vampire children, a blood-farm operation, and the machinations of the yakuza.

Jerome, Celia. Life Guards in the Hamptons. DAW, dist. by Penguin. (Willow Tate, Bk. 4). May 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9780756407254. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Hurricanes, sea monsters, and violent dolphins trouble the residents of Paumanok Harbor, in the elegant Hamptons of Long Island, NY. In her fourth outing (after Fire Works in the Hamptons) visualizer Willow Tate returns to her childhood home to take them on.

Koch, Gini. Alien Diplomacy. DAW, dist. by Penguin. (Alien Novels, Bk. 5). Apr. 2012. c.448p. ISBN 9780756407162. pap. $7.99. SF

Newlywed couple Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini (Alien Proliferation) have retired from Commanders in Centaurion Division’s supernatural fighting force to serve as heads of American Centaurion’s Diplomatic Corps. Unfortunately, tact and diplomacy are not high on their list of tactics as they contend with an anti-alien conspiracy in Washington, DC.

Monk, Devon. Magic Without Mercy: An Allie Beckstrom Novel. ROC: NAL. Apr. 2012. c.368p. ISBN 9780451464484. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Along with other users of magic in Portland, OR, spell tracker Allison Beckstrom (Magic on the Line) suffers from the damaging effects of poisoned magic. On the outs with the Authority that regulates magic use, Allison attempts to find the antidote before a ruthless practitioner of death magic destroys it.