The Elemental Detective, book 5 in the Riga Hayworth series by Kirsten Weiss

elementaldetectiveReview by Trina


Riga Hayworth is on her honeymoon in Hawaii with her husband, Donovan Mosse.   Just when they start to enjoy their time alone a  murder interrupts their romantic island getaway.  Riga senses necromancer magic and is immediately pulled into detective mode.


This is the second book in the Riga Hayworth series that I’ve read and I have to say I’m really enjoying them.  In this book Riga is still struggling with her dark magic abilities, and so is her husband, Donovan. The Elemental Detective definitely had a different vibe as Riga is in a peculiar place and the circumstances are entirely out of her element.

One of my favorite quotes:  (Riga and her husband have stumbled upon a murder scene and a “kupua” appears beside her, he’s an “island” version of a shaman.)

When it was clear he wouldn’t say anything more, Riga spoke. “Did you see what happened here?” “I didn’t need to see it happen. I can see what has happened. And it’s clear what will happen.” “Oh?”“Sacrifice has returned to Kauai.” “Returned?” “It came to this island long ago. The old kings used it to increase their power, their mana.” “And did it work?” she asked. He nodded. “For a time, but there was a terrible price. It’s bad magic. Your kind of magic, sorceress.”

The Kupua isn’t the only magical being she encounters on the island.  There are menehunes who are island fae, mermaids, ghosts, and of course one of my favorite characters in the book, Brigitte, who is a gargoyle with a French accent!

It was interesting to watch Riga try to center herself.  She is still struggling to embrace her necromancy magic which is making it hard for her to manage/control her magical abilities.

The Elemental Detective is a complex murder mystery.  I enjoyed watching Riga in action solving this case.  She definitely had to go out of her comfort zone for assistance.

Poor Riga, no one likes necromancer magic and that would include her.  It’s interesting to watch her struggle with the magic and learn about herself and her capabilities.

Donovan and Riga’s chemistry is at an all time high too. I adore their relationship.

While there is a bit of hanky panky going on but it’s not explicit or graphic, there are a few cuss words, which I LOVE!  Hell yes  I’m not ashamed to enjoy a few choice words. Okay maybe I lied, I like a lot of choice words! I’d say this book is for peeps ages 16 and up.

If you enjoy books that contain: mystery, romance, murder, necromancy and heavy splashes of mystical creatures then you will love this book! Kirsten Weiss will enchant you with her easy to read style and flair for the paranormal elements.

Length: 268 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Primary Book Format: Kindle and paperback

Publisher/Imprint: misterio press, May 2013

Blush Quotient: PINK

Smart Girls Rating: 5 Star (because I seriously couldn’t put it down)

Buy it Here:  AMAZON

Find out more info about the author and series hereAUTHOR WEBSITE

(Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author for an honest review.)

6 thoughts on “The Elemental Detective, book 5 in the Riga Hayworth series by Kirsten Weiss

  1. Thanks Charlee! The first book of Kirsten’s I read, it sounded good but I wasn’t sure it was my cup of tea, hadn’t read anything like it before and now I’m addicted!! 🙂

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