Vicki Pettersson, bestselling author of the "Sign of the Zodiac" series, has written the first installment in her Celestial Blues books, "The Taken." (Harper Voyager, 417 pages)
Former P.l. and fallen angel, or should one say, disgraced Centurion, Griffin Shaw, had been consigned to escort the Taken, recently deceased souls, to the afterlife of the Everlast.
Having bungled his assigned escort of murder victim Nicole "Nic" Rockwell, he is sent back to rejoin the human race in that most fallen of cities - Las Vegas.
Nic Rockwell had been working with her friend, Katherine "Kit" Craig, investigating a tip concerning an illegal prostitution ring when she was murdered.
Murder is no stranger to Sin City. Fifty years ago in Las Vegas, Grif Shaw and his wife became victims of homicide and their killers were never brought to justice.
Grif has ample reason to team up with reporter Kit Craig to try to track down some very depraved souls.
Things are complicated when he falls for the quirky rockabilly reporter who embraces all things from the fifties and refuses to "take fashion advice from something called a Snooki."
Heaven has decreed that Kit Craig should also be taken - another victim of homicide. Grif is prepared to defy even God Himself to protect her.
With a suspenseful plot dealing with the seamy side of Las Vegas and a nice touch of romance, Pettersson has come up with a mystery that is delightfully retro as its conjures up the classic hardboiled stories from yesteryear.