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Seattle police detective Joanne Walker started the year mostly dead, and she's ending it trying not to be consumed by evil. Literally.

She's proven she can handle the gods and the walking dead. But a cannibalistic serial killer? That's more than even she bargained for. What's worse, the brutal demon can only be tracked one way. If Joanne is to stop its campaign of terror, she'll have to hunt it where it lives: the Lower World, a shamanistic plane of magic and spirits.

Trouble is, Joanne's skills are no match for the dangers she's about to face—and her on-the-job training could prove fatal to the people she's sworn to protect….

Topics: Shamanism, Seattle, Urban, Washington, Series, Mixed Race People, Women Detectives, Police, Female Protagonist, Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Serial Killers, Psychic, Celts, Old Flames, Mythology, Murder, Magic, Demons, Demon Hunters, First Person Narration, and Gritty

Published: Harlequin Luna an imprint of Harlequin on Jun 1, 2010
ISBN: 9781426856143
List price: $9.61
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This character just keeps getting more intriguing; she grows, and learns, and kicks some butt. I also really enjoy that although the author is focusing more on the relationships between the characters, the wider story never gets lost in the emotional mud.read more
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I just finished the latest installment of the Walker papers and I devoured it in two days. I love C.E. Murphy writing style which is very descriptive and humorous and I feel like Joanne is an old friend of mine. The combination of a real life war with a weendigo and a war to save a woman's lost soul was exciting and moving. I can't wait for the next one. Maybe this time she and Morrison can get it on?read more
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Walker still needs serious psychotherapy because she sure isn't giving up on anything on the emotional level. At this point she is going to have claw marks all over anything she does give up because it is going to have to yanked away from her. She still spends a lot of time and energy ruminating over what she has been bawling about in the the last 4 books like a calf separated from its mother too soon. The girl needs a serious self help meeting.

Making progress? Not hardly. A warrior? I'm so glad I wasn't drinking something right then, I would have choked on it. All we get are self humiliation and pity parties with a LOT of Wallowing. By the time I got to the first one in the first chapters I was saying "Yes you are a ..... up. Yes you did do it. Yes you are stupid. Yes...." I mean I was actually agreeing with every negative thing she said and very glad she gave up the baby. That shocked me and made me realize how bad this series and character really are. A flawed hero is a given but this child isn't flawed she's a blanking train wreck.

She really hasn't grown because if the same fears keep reappearing, she hasn't grown one bit. She is still floundering around trying to prove her worth to her self but her psychosis is keeping her from going anywhere.

I'm not sure if the writer either doesn't know how to grow a character or thinks this is normal but after 5 books, its pathetic. I mean we have a formula going:
Jo screws up.
Evil gets loose.
Jo finally after much thinking and wallowing and moaning realizes that Evil is loose.
Jo moans whines and complains about not having the tools for this [nevermind if she got off her tush and actually did something she WOULD have the tools for this].
Jo finally gets pushed in a corner and pulls up the big girl panties and does something and says basically I really have to learn about this but whines "I don't want to. I was forced into this." [um no you made a choice and sometimes the choice is between sucks and suckier. So man up matey. It was your choice.]
Then Jo goes off and does the same thing over again with no change until the next book where she starts the whole process over again.

By book 5 we should have had some motion ok besides whine moan and fight evil. The demons she need to face the most are what's in her that she has created by her choosing to perceive what happened to her in the past in the manner she has chosen to perceive it. She's got the perfect addictive personality and a bad avoidance issue among her neurosis. Instead of dealing straight on and pushing thru she would rather hang on to it and use it as excuse for not having a life.

She's a professional victim pretending in the series to be a hero. I was hoping for a strong female character like Rizzoli when I got this series. Instead, I get a neurotic, self absorbed, extremely damaged, egotist who screws up on a regular basis then has to spend the next book fixing what she did and not having enough brains to learn to use the tools given to her. Rizzoli would have just shot the suckers. In fact Rizzoli would have just shot Joanne and Isles would have helped.

Last book. Can't take this any more. I don't care if she ever grows up but if she gets eaten, let me know. I want to read that scene. And I don't think I am alone considering the way the total number of ratings are dropping at the top of each page. A whole lot are losing interest in the series. Maybe that is why the drastic change in the 7th book. Trying to draw back readers that are already sick of the whining.read more
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Demon Hunts (Walker Papers, Book 5) by C E Murphy is definitely the best book in the series so far. It's Christmas time and Santa has a lot of surprises in store for Joanne Walker. Not long after the events of Walking Dead (The Walker Papers, Book 4), the Seattle area is hit with a new serial killer--a paranormal killer who chews on his victims. Joanne & Billy are on the case--but there's not much to go on. This killer leaves no trace evidence, not even the kind these two paranormal detectives can find. Frustration leads them to involve a civilian in the case, which, of course, backfires on them leaving Joanne in the doghouse with Morrison and them both with a deadline to meet or else face suspension. The mystery of this story is very interesting--it involves a wendigo and it forces Joanne to continue expanding her perception of her power and the realities in which she works. However, what is more interesting is Joanne's journey in this book. She comes face to face with people from her past and has to begin the difficult process of knitting together her life from before her tragedy at 15 with her present life. She also becomes more aware of the significance of her mother's death in the spiritual world and her place in it. Never in doubt is the fact that Joanne will find the killer and save the city, but she faces some pretty difficult choices during her quest. She has to embrace both her healing path and her warrior's path, which may have serious repercussions on her relationships. In the end, however, she meets the challenges and makes the tough decisions to keep her on her destined path. And, she starts the new year with a bit of hope.Follow me as readerbarbara at blogspot dot comread more
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Walker has started to come to terms with her new abilities. With the return of Coyote things are looking up...except for the string of cannibalistic murders occurring around town and the demon feasting on their souls she had no clue how to stop. As with the other books of the series it's a great page turner. The characters are developing well and situations are opening at the same pace in which older situations are getting resolved.read more
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Bodies are turning up around Seattle, gnawed by human teeth and showing no magical signs whatsoever. Police detective and shaman Joanne Walker is once again in over her head.read more
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This is a brand new release in Murphy's The Walker Papers books, one of my favorite urban fantasy series.It's almost Christmas and Seattle is in a deep freeze. Detective Joanne Walker feels the cold a bit more than most: another dead body has been found, obviously chewed on, and not even her shamanistic powers can find a clue. Her partner, Billy Holliday--who really does see dead people--is equally frustrated. All of the bodies have been found in the wilderness, all the victims the outdoorsy type, and the killer hasn't left so much as a footprint. This all points to a few nasty things, like the fact that the killer isn't quite human, and that the death toll will continue to mount unless Jo can find a way to stop it.Ah, Jo. She's a great heroine as she accepts her shamanistic gifts. The first book is still about the best in the series, and this one is fun on its own right. My main complaint is that the pacing of the book is uneven. The first half feels more like a mystery as they try to find the killer, whereas the last half is mostly one big battle. It's rather exhausting to have the fighting go on for that long. There are some great side characters in this one, including a nosy news reporter and the return of someone very important to Jo. Still, no question that this book is fun and fast (I had to read it within a day) and will please anyone who enjoys the series.read more
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A cannibalistic serial killer is on the loose in Seattle, and Joanne Walker (the reluctant shaman) is using all in her power to track it down. The is the fifth book in The Walker Papers urban fantasy series offers a more mature Joanne, one is is starting to come to terms with her powers and is using the more wisely. It's been really great to see her progress and how she's grown over the arc of these books, and I'm looking forward to see where she goes from her and whether or not she can keep from giving into the dark side (so to speak).read more
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This was my favorite book in the series without a doubt, because I finally get to see Joanne in love! While it is not with her boss, Morrison, whom it is obvious she has an attraction to, it is still a very satisfying romance. Her bubbly happiness is quite enjoyable to read, and it does not get on my nerves despite how sickly sweet Joanne is in the descriptions. At times, her love interest really does seem like the perfect man, and I am thrilled that she gets to have this in the midst of the chaos of her shamanic lifestyle.I think what keeps bringing me back to this series is that Joanne's narration is both unique and comical. She is refreshingly honest about herself and her quirks and abilities and keeps a running commentary behind the scenes, even as she solves supernatural-size problems while balancing a social life and a job as a detective. Even though I still understand very little of the role of a shaman and all of Joanne's world-jumping, there is something very likable about Joanne Walker.The other half of Joanne's romance is a man that was assumed to be dead. Aside from the romance, I love that he shows up in this book, as I get to see more of what he can and cannot do and what his personality is really like. Plus, the tension between him and Morrison is quite interesting, as it brings to the forefront the chemistry between Morrison and Joanne and makes her admit to a few things about herself.The wendigo is the "big bad" for this book, but the final battle ends differently than what I assumed. In a way, the wendigo teaches Joanne that some flaws are acceptable and even useful. I look forward to the next book, Spirit Dances.read more
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This character just keeps getting more intriguing; she grows, and learns, and kicks some butt. I also really enjoy that although the author is focusing more on the relationships between the characters, the wider story never gets lost in the emotional mud.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I just finished the latest installment of the Walker papers and I devoured it in two days. I love C.E. Murphy writing style which is very descriptive and humorous and I feel like Joanne is an old friend of mine. The combination of a real life war with a weendigo and a war to save a woman's lost soul was exciting and moving. I can't wait for the next one. Maybe this time she and Morrison can get it on?
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Walker still needs serious psychotherapy because she sure isn't giving up on anything on the emotional level. At this point she is going to have claw marks all over anything she does give up because it is going to have to yanked away from her. She still spends a lot of time and energy ruminating over what she has been bawling about in the the last 4 books like a calf separated from its mother too soon. The girl needs a serious self help meeting.

Making progress? Not hardly. A warrior? I'm so glad I wasn't drinking something right then, I would have choked on it. All we get are self humiliation and pity parties with a LOT of Wallowing. By the time I got to the first one in the first chapters I was saying "Yes you are a ..... up. Yes you did do it. Yes you are stupid. Yes...." I mean I was actually agreeing with every negative thing she said and very glad she gave up the baby. That shocked me and made me realize how bad this series and character really are. A flawed hero is a given but this child isn't flawed she's a blanking train wreck.

She really hasn't grown because if the same fears keep reappearing, she hasn't grown one bit. She is still floundering around trying to prove her worth to her self but her psychosis is keeping her from going anywhere.

I'm not sure if the writer either doesn't know how to grow a character or thinks this is normal but after 5 books, its pathetic. I mean we have a formula going:
Jo screws up.
Evil gets loose.
Jo finally after much thinking and wallowing and moaning realizes that Evil is loose.
Jo moans whines and complains about not having the tools for this [nevermind if she got off her tush and actually did something she WOULD have the tools for this].
Jo finally gets pushed in a corner and pulls up the big girl panties and does something and says basically I really have to learn about this but whines "I don't want to. I was forced into this." [um no you made a choice and sometimes the choice is between sucks and suckier. So man up matey. It was your choice.]
Then Jo goes off and does the same thing over again with no change until the next book where she starts the whole process over again.

By book 5 we should have had some motion ok besides whine moan and fight evil. The demons she need to face the most are what's in her that she has created by her choosing to perceive what happened to her in the past in the manner she has chosen to perceive it. She's got the perfect addictive personality and a bad avoidance issue among her neurosis. Instead of dealing straight on and pushing thru she would rather hang on to it and use it as excuse for not having a life.

She's a professional victim pretending in the series to be a hero. I was hoping for a strong female character like Rizzoli when I got this series. Instead, I get a neurotic, self absorbed, extremely damaged, egotist who screws up on a regular basis then has to spend the next book fixing what she did and not having enough brains to learn to use the tools given to her. Rizzoli would have just shot the suckers. In fact Rizzoli would have just shot Joanne and Isles would have helped.

Last book. Can't take this any more. I don't care if she ever grows up but if she gets eaten, let me know. I want to read that scene. And I don't think I am alone considering the way the total number of ratings are dropping at the top of each page. A whole lot are losing interest in the series. Maybe that is why the drastic change in the 7th book. Trying to draw back readers that are already sick of the whining.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Demon Hunts (Walker Papers, Book 5) by C E Murphy is definitely the best book in the series so far. It's Christmas time and Santa has a lot of surprises in store for Joanne Walker. Not long after the events of Walking Dead (The Walker Papers, Book 4), the Seattle area is hit with a new serial killer--a paranormal killer who chews on his victims. Joanne & Billy are on the case--but there's not much to go on. This killer leaves no trace evidence, not even the kind these two paranormal detectives can find. Frustration leads them to involve a civilian in the case, which, of course, backfires on them leaving Joanne in the doghouse with Morrison and them both with a deadline to meet or else face suspension. The mystery of this story is very interesting--it involves a wendigo and it forces Joanne to continue expanding her perception of her power and the realities in which she works. However, what is more interesting is Joanne's journey in this book. She comes face to face with people from her past and has to begin the difficult process of knitting together her life from before her tragedy at 15 with her present life. She also becomes more aware of the significance of her mother's death in the spiritual world and her place in it. Never in doubt is the fact that Joanne will find the killer and save the city, but she faces some pretty difficult choices during her quest. She has to embrace both her healing path and her warrior's path, which may have serious repercussions on her relationships. In the end, however, she meets the challenges and makes the tough decisions to keep her on her destined path. And, she starts the new year with a bit of hope.Follow me as readerbarbara at blogspot dot com
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Walker has started to come to terms with her new abilities. With the return of Coyote things are looking up...except for the string of cannibalistic murders occurring around town and the demon feasting on their souls she had no clue how to stop. As with the other books of the series it's a great page turner. The characters are developing well and situations are opening at the same pace in which older situations are getting resolved.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Bodies are turning up around Seattle, gnawed by human teeth and showing no magical signs whatsoever. Police detective and shaman Joanne Walker is once again in over her head.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is a brand new release in Murphy's The Walker Papers books, one of my favorite urban fantasy series.It's almost Christmas and Seattle is in a deep freeze. Detective Joanne Walker feels the cold a bit more than most: another dead body has been found, obviously chewed on, and not even her shamanistic powers can find a clue. Her partner, Billy Holliday--who really does see dead people--is equally frustrated. All of the bodies have been found in the wilderness, all the victims the outdoorsy type, and the killer hasn't left so much as a footprint. This all points to a few nasty things, like the fact that the killer isn't quite human, and that the death toll will continue to mount unless Jo can find a way to stop it.Ah, Jo. She's a great heroine as she accepts her shamanistic gifts. The first book is still about the best in the series, and this one is fun on its own right. My main complaint is that the pacing of the book is uneven. The first half feels more like a mystery as they try to find the killer, whereas the last half is mostly one big battle. It's rather exhausting to have the fighting go on for that long. There are some great side characters in this one, including a nosy news reporter and the return of someone very important to Jo. Still, no question that this book is fun and fast (I had to read it within a day) and will please anyone who enjoys the series.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A cannibalistic serial killer is on the loose in Seattle, and Joanne Walker (the reluctant shaman) is using all in her power to track it down. The is the fifth book in The Walker Papers urban fantasy series offers a more mature Joanne, one is is starting to come to terms with her powers and is using the more wisely. It's been really great to see her progress and how she's grown over the arc of these books, and I'm looking forward to see where she goes from her and whether or not she can keep from giving into the dark side (so to speak).
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was my favorite book in the series without a doubt, because I finally get to see Joanne in love! While it is not with her boss, Morrison, whom it is obvious she has an attraction to, it is still a very satisfying romance. Her bubbly happiness is quite enjoyable to read, and it does not get on my nerves despite how sickly sweet Joanne is in the descriptions. At times, her love interest really does seem like the perfect man, and I am thrilled that she gets to have this in the midst of the chaos of her shamanic lifestyle.I think what keeps bringing me back to this series is that Joanne's narration is both unique and comical. She is refreshingly honest about herself and her quirks and abilities and keeps a running commentary behind the scenes, even as she solves supernatural-size problems while balancing a social life and a job as a detective. Even though I still understand very little of the role of a shaman and all of Joanne's world-jumping, there is something very likable about Joanne Walker.The other half of Joanne's romance is a man that was assumed to be dead. Aside from the romance, I love that he shows up in this book, as I get to see more of what he can and cannot do and what his personality is really like. Plus, the tension between him and Morrison is quite interesting, as it brings to the forefront the chemistry between Morrison and Joanne and makes her admit to a few things about herself.The wendigo is the "big bad" for this book, but the final battle ends differently than what I assumed. In a way, the wendigo teaches Joanne that some flaws are acceptable and even useful. I look forward to the next book, Spirit Dances.
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