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Lyn Benedict

Lyn Benedict is a penname of author Lane Robins. Lane Robins was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of two scientists, and grew up as the first human member of their menagerie. When it came time for a career, it was a hard choice between veterinarian and writer. It turned out to be far more fun to write about blood than to work with it. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College, and currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Read excerpts of her novels at Lane Robins’ website. Here’s our Lane Robins page.

Shadows Inquiries

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsShadows Inquiries — (2009-2012) Publisher: Sylvie Lightner is a PI who specializes in… let’s say unusual cases. Or at least, she was. Sylvie has dealt with werewolves, the undead, Satanic cultists, and all manner of unspeakable things, all while being hounded by a shadowy government agency that would love to shut her down — And she has always stood her ground. Now, though, she is having doubts. It is becoming harder for her to draw the line between the real monsters and the human ones, and progressively easier to kill. If she doesn’t stop, she fears, she may become one of the monsters herself. When she is forced to watch a friend and employee murdered because of their relationship, she knows that she can’t do this anymore. She is closing Shadows Inquiries for good. The problem is that a man who claims to be the God of Justice wants Sylvie to find his missing lover. And he’s not taking no for an answer. Sylvie is used to being outgunned and outclassed, but this case will push her beyond anything she knew she was capable of, and bring up things about her own past that she never wanted to know.

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Sins & Shadows: Pretty woman, big gun, bigger mouth

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Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict

The only good thing about gods is that they prefer their realm to ours.

Lyn Benedict also writes political-intrigue fantasy under the name Lane Robins. I learned this before starting Sins & Shadows, and I've been wondering ever since whether I'd have figured it out if I hadn't known. The setting, plot, and prose style are completely different from the Lane Robins books, but there are some echoes in the general themes: love, vengeance, and the havoc that gods wreak when they meddle in mortal affairs.

Sins & Shadows introduces us to Sylvie Lightner, nicknamed "Shadows," who works as a sort of paranormal P.I. After a satanic cult kills one of her friends, Sylvie is about to call it quits. Just as she's fi... Read More

Ghosts & Echoes: This is what urban fantasy can be

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Ghosts & Echoes by Lyn Benedict

I’ve never met a Lyn Benedict/Lane Robins book I didn’t like, but Ghosts & Echoes is the best of her work to date. There’s a ton of urban fantasy out there, ranging from the stellar to the egregious, but this is the kind of book I like to wave at people and say, “This is what urban fantasy can be.”

Sylvie “Shadows” Lightner is back in Miami, recovering from what she calls the “Chicago clusterf*ck” that took place in the previous novel, Sins & Shadows. Two new cases fall into her lap: a string of magically-enhanced burglaries, and a shell-shocked Chicago cop who carries the ghost of a dead man within him. Neither is as straightforward as it sounds, of course. The burglars’ trail leads Sylvie to some sinister magical transactions tha... Read More

Gods & Monsters: Another strong entry

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Gods & Monsters by Lyn Benedict

A subplot in Ghosts & Echoes involved Sylvie and a werewolf, Tatya, looking into the disappearance of a young woman in the Everglades. Lyn Benedict picks that thread back up at the beginning of Gods & Monsters. The woman has been found dead in the swamps, along with four others. Sylvie doesn’t want to get personally involved in this case, so she calls the police — but when the police move the bodies, one explodes into flame and the other four shift into animals. Three policemen are killed and some injured, including Adelio Suarez, a cop with whom Sylvie has an uneasy alliance. Now she’s involved whether she wants to be or not.

A many-layered plot unfolds, featuring a sorcerer with a diabolical scheme and a god trying to re-awaken. Sylvie has to piece together what’s go... Read More