by Lisa Tuttle
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
324 pages; ISBN: 0553382969
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Bantam, March 2005, $21.00, 324 pp.
American Ian Kennedy is a private detective in London specializing in finding missing people. Fellow American Laura Lenski hires him to find her daughter Peri who has been missing for two years. Ian reads Peri’s journal and talks to her former boyfriend Hugh; he realizes that once again he is dealing with a case of the Otherworld.
When he first came to the United Kingdom, he was hired by Amy’s mother to look for her daughter. He meets a woman who explains how he can keep Amy in this world since she already appeared to him asking for his help before disappearing before his eyes. Peri went willingly with Mider, a fairy lord who believes she is the reincarnation of his wife Etain, who was changed into a fly by the sorceress who loved him. Peri’s true love Hugh believes in the Otherworld because he has the Sight and sees the fae when no other mortal can. He an Peri also met and dealt with Mider who used magic to make Peri want to leave Hugh and go to the Otherworld with the fairy. Ian, Laura and Peri return to the place where Peri disappeared but it is not Laura or Hugh who has the best chance of finding and keeping Peri but Ian who knows how to deal with fairy glamour.
It has been a very long time since a Lisa Tuttle fantasy was published but it was well worth the wait. THE MYSTERIES is a subtle but powerful work that allows the reader to savor the lyrical prose and delight in the ways fairy interacts with mortals. Readers don’t actually see the Otherworld as the author leaves that up to each person’s imagination to picture it as they would like it to be. THE MYSTERIES is a special book that ensorcels the audience.
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