The Taken

Book 1: Celestial Blues Trilogy

About the Book

Half a century ago, Griffin Shaw was a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Now he’s a Centurion, a celestial helper to the recently—violently–deceased.

But just because he’s an angel doesn’t make him a saint.

A vital mistake lands him back on the mortal mudflat with the directive to collect Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Defying heavenly orders, Grif refuses to allow this sable-haired siren to come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a dual opportunity to find out the truth about his own mysterious death — and wreak vengeance for the murder of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s quest for answers soon leads beyond the dazzling lights of the Strip and into the darker heart of an evil conspiracy. A ruthless killer is determined to silence them both … yet it’s Grif’s growing attraction to Kit that may prove the biggest threat to the duo, and the greatest mystery of his long afterlife …

Who killed Griffin Shaw?

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What people are saying...

“Stunningly Stylish: Pettersson’s New Series Showcases the Evolution of an Author and a Genre!”

 — Barnes & Noble (Buyer Reviewer)

“Pettersson hits every note in the familiar duet of a ‘reticent, complicated, darkly sexy man’ and a luscious, plucky ‘girl reporter’ … The resulting irresistibly good yarn proves that there’s still plenty of room for brilliant innovation in urban fantasy.”

 — Publishers Weekly on The Taken, *starred review*

“Pettersson’s amazing new series is off to a rocking start with this compelling read!”

 — Romantic Times /****1/2 – Top Pick!

“Exceptional. Mystery, crime scene drama, and more than enough romance to keep the heart pumping blend seamlessly into an enthralling read that kept me glued to the pages. I can’t wait for the sequel.”

– Kim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author

“A delectably dark paranormal thriller. I’ve always been a fan of Pettersson’s work, but she knocks it out of the park with this one.”

— Kelly Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

“A stylish, atmospheric mash-up of rockabilly and angelic affairs quickly reveals itself to be so much more: THE TAKEN proves that Pettersson is not afraid to explore the darkest corners of the human heart – and that her gift for redemption is unsurpassed.”

– Sophie Littlefield

“Intriguing mix of paranormal, romance, and mystery with just enough suspense!”

– Suspense Magazine


The Details

Published: October 24, 2023
Publisher: Alistern Press
Formats: EbookPaperback
ISBN-10: 1940221226ISBN-13: 978-1940221229ASIN: B0CHK3DSQ6
Genres & Tropes
Paranarmal Noir, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Mystery