“Mark of the Demon” is more paranormal mystery with hot sex than a paranormal romance with mystery. Make sense? The is Diana Rowland’s first book about a brand new detective in soutern Lousiana who also happens to be a demon summoner. Her very first case turns out to be one that has ties to her family’s past and also introduces her to one smoking hot demon lord!
Kara is a small-town cop and a demon summoner. When her first case turns out to be the resurgence of the ‘Symbol Man’ killings after a three year hiatus, she’s not sure whether to be excited or overwhelmed! She quickly determines the killings have an arcane purpose and that means she’s likely the only local detective who can solve this case. But first she’ll have to deal with an amorous demon lord, a suspicious FBI agent, and a very high body count.
The author had to take the time to set up her world, its rules, and her cast; but once she had that fleshed out, I was drawn into the mystery of who was killing and why. I won’t give away the solution, but I was a bit disappointed by the sleight-of-hand required from the author to produce the killer. If you like to ‘solve’ while you read, you’ll likely have problems with this one. If you just like an exciting, gritty, urban fantasy mystery with some pretty hot sex thrown in…then you should pick up “Mark of the Demon” by Diana Rowland.