Fantasy Book Review: Box Office Poison

Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova

What happens when exquisitely beautiful elves start getting all the roles in Hollywood? Human actors sue, that’s what. In a desperate attempt to keep the squabbling inside the Screen Actors Guild from going public, the president of SAG forces the two sides into arbitration.

Enter Linnet Ellery, a human lawyer working for a vampire law firm, to serve as arbitrator. Linnet discovers that there are sinister forces at work in Tinsel Town determined to shatter the fragile peace between elves, vampires, werewolves, and humans. Someone has been coercing famous elven actors into committing sudden and terrible acts of violence against humans in a series of tragedies that could turn the tide of public opinion against all the supernatural Powers.

Having been raised with vampires, Linnet has a healthy respect of them but doesn’t fear them. She has an easy camaraderie with her boss that often borders on flirting. And despite being a lawyer, Linnet finds herself investigating why elves have started violently attacking humans. She also seems to be a magnet for dangerous situations where people end up killed.

Box Office Poison is the second novel in this fantastic, urban fantasy series. And while I haven’t read the first, I had no problem getting to know the characters. This was a standalone story that can be read on its own, though now I will definitely be checking out future installments. Full of suspense, mystery, and humor – this well-paced story is fun and engaging.