Alex Bledsoe

Burn Me Deadly

Eddie’s riding back from a routine investigation when he nearly tramples a half-naked blonde who runs in front of his horse.  The frightened young woman is clearly in serious trouble.  Against his better judgment, Eddie promises to protect her, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body.

Eddie isn’t the kind of guy to let this pass.  But who killed Laura Lespertitt?  Eddie’s quest for payback soon leads him to a tangled mystery involving a notorious crime lord, a backwoods dragon cult, royal scandals, and a duplicitous femme fatale who has trouble keeping her clothes on.  As bodies pile up, attracting the unwanted attention of the king’s own men, Eddie finds that life is cheap compare to “the fire that dreams are made of….”

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Praise for Burn Me Deadly
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
Proving that 2007′s The Sword-Edged Blonde was no fluke, this sequel gives every evidence that Bledsoe’s combination of sword and sorcery with hard-boiled detection will have a long and successful run. Bledsoe effortlessly draws readers into his created world and manages to stay true to both fantasy and mystery traditions.
Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews
 
Afficianados of tough-guy mysteries will find much to enjoy, and fantasy fans will appreciate the swordplay and the fully-realized medieval society Bledsoe has constructed.  Best of all, it’s not necessary to have read the first installment to enjoy this one.
Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Alchemy of Stone Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Alchemy of Stone
 
This hard-boiled high fantasy with its clever, twisty plot and smart-alecky protagonist is a worthy literary successor to both Fritz Leiber and Rex Stout.
The Dragon, BookLove The Dragon, BookLove
 
Alex Bledsoe treats us to another adventure where he blends hardboiled detective fiction with heroic fantasy and somehow makes it all come together.
Gail Pruszkowski, Romantic Times Gail Pruszkowski, Romantic Times
 
This superb who-dunnit takes place in an action-packed fantasy world. The hard-bitten hero has a wit that’s as sharp as his sword and he doesn’t mind killing the bad guys.