Review: Devil’s Bargain {Red Letter Days #1} by Rachel Caine


Title: Devil’s Bargain {Red Letter Days #1}

Author: Rachel Caine

Published: October 5th 2012, MIRA

Status: Read April 2019, courtesy Harlequin/Netgalley


My Thoughts:

I really should know better than to pick up a book by Rachel Caine with the intention to read just one chapter before bed because the next thing I know the sun is coming up, and I’m trying to decide between getting a few hours sleep or starting the next book in the series.

Devil’s Bargain introduces Jazz Callender, a disgraced ex cop who receives a too-good-to-be-true offer from an elite New York law firm acting on behalf of an unnamed client. In exchange for funding her own private detective agency, Jazz must partner with a stranger, ex spook Lucia Garza, and carry out the occasional task for them, no questions asked.

Devil’s Bargain is a fast paced, action packed thriller with a paranormal twist.

Caine gives us two kick@ss heroines who complement each other both personally and professionally. Jazz is impulsive and rebellious, while Lucía is analytical and decisive. They each have their own reasons for accepting the offer from Gabriel, Pike, and Laskins, though neither are willing to let their employer’s secrets stand indefinitely.

Supporting characters include Manny Glickman, an ex cop and tech genius with his own demons, and James Borden, Gabriel, Pike, and Laskins representative, who serves as a love interest for Jazz. Jazz’s former partner Ben McCarthy also has a passive role as the catalyst for Jazz agreeing to the deal, and her emotional state.

The mystery surrounding the firm, and their client, begins to unravel about halfway through the book, introducing the paranormal element. It’s an interesting idea that Jazz and Lucía struggle to accept, even as it grows increasingly more difficult to dismiss. I think it’s quite an original concept, I understand the characters disbelief but also find the idea somewhat plausible.

Even though it’s one of Rachel Caine’s earliest published books, Devil’s Bargain is almost as polished as her later work, much of which I also love. I really enjoyed the combination of mystery, thriller, paranormal and romance in this book, and I’m eager to start the next, though as there is just the one, I’m hoping Devil’s Due won’t leave me hanging.


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Claire Louisa
    May 03, 2019 @ 10:43:44

    Oh this sounds good, I’m putting this on my want to read list.

    Liked by 1 person


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  3. sjhigbee
    May 07, 2019 @ 06:55:13

    Thank you for the recommendation – I also like Rachel Caine’s work! And I know all too well about finding it impossible to put one of her books down midway through!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. 1girl2manybooks
    May 08, 2019 @ 11:37:02

    It’s been a while since I’ve read Rachel Caine! I might have to try these

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