Signatures by James A. Hetley is his standalone contemporary urban fantasy murder mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself via the Book View Café backlist author re-publishing consortium.
This is a police procedural set in a magical version of our world, starring a retired police forensic wizard tracking down the culprit behind the mysterious dreams of an old, dead criminal whose magical signature is now adorning new murder victims.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through the month of February directly from the publisher.
Free for a limited time, probably through February as one of the monthly specials @ the consortium’s webstore (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide, requires filling out billing address during checkout but no account signup or payment info)
You may also wish to check out their free fiction and monthly specials pages, where usually a number of newly-written and backlist novels by established sfnal writers are available at good prices on sale.
John Patterson thinks he damn well earned his pension. He survived more than twenty years as a police forensic wizard, tracking down and fighting the worst that criminal magic could throw at him. If he could only retire the nightmares, as well.
Some of those nightmares feature Albert Kratz, alias Albertus Magnus, a psychopathic criminal mage Patterson trapped in a burning building years ago. So why is a dead man leaving his unique magical signature on the grisly “artistic” murder of a diplomatic courier?
Detective Sergeant Nef Cash recognizes that crime scene from old file photos and drags Patterson out of retirement to fight a deadly enemy one more time. Cash has her own motives besides police work, and her move will turn his personal life inside out.