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Spirit Dances

Spirit Dances For Seattle detective Joanne Walker spring is about new beginnings She s mastered her shamanic abilities mostly survived a cannibalistic serial killer barely and now she s facing the biggest challe

For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings She s mastered her shamanic abilities mostly , survived a cannibalistic serial killer barely and now she s facing the biggest challenge of her careerattending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison But when the performancebilled as transformativeactually changes her into a coyoteFor Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings She s mastered her shamanic abilities mostly , survived a cannibalistic serial killer barely and now she s facing the biggest challenge of her career attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison But when the performance billed as transformative actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.And there s Homeless people are disappearing, a mystical murder puts Joanne way out of her jurisdiction and with the full moon coming on, it s looking like the killer is a creature that can t possibly exist.But Jo could probably handle all of that, if one ordinary homicide hadn t pushed her to the very edge.

  • [PDF] Spirit Dances | by ✓ C.E. Murphy
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About Author

  1. C.E. Murphy says:
    C.E Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories She also writes action adventure romance novels under the pseudonym Cate Dermody, which was her grandmother s maiden name.

Comment 847 on “Spirit Dances

  1. Barbara says:
    When I reviewed Demon Hunts Walker Papers, Book 5 by C E Murphy, I said that it was the best in the Walker Papers series to date Well, as befits a series, Spirit Dances Luna Books trumps its predecessor as the best book in the Walker Papers And, the ending leads one to believe that there are better books to come The book opens with promise Joanne actually ends up, albeit accidentally, on a date with Morrison They are attending a performance of a Native American spirit dance, which I expected to [...]

  2. The Flooze says:
    That was exciting Spirit Dances is probably the most cohesive, well plotted story since the first of the series It takes all of Murphy s promises and hints and brings them to the fore in the great mash up of change and progress I hoped was on its way Although I ve been frustrated at times by Joanne s brute force way of dealing with magic, this installment strongly reinforces the idea of a build up to transition It s now very clear that Joanne had to undergo all her flailing and wailing to prepar [...]

  3. Oflo says:
    Finally some resolution AND THEN NONE I ve loved this series because of the complex characterization that Murphy includes with Joanne Walker and Morrison They have been like oil and water from day one but now they seem to be oil and vinaigrette on a tasty salad The growth both exhibit has made the relationship believable and based on mutual respect, attraction, caring, and perhaps love Like any good author Murphy gives us a mere HINT of the possibilities before flinging Jo back into the magical [...]

  4. Leah says:
    FINALLY It only took them six books That sounds so crass to say, like it s all that I got out of this book This author is consistently one of my favorites I seem to have developed some weakness for Native American female leads who are mechanics and have some kind of supernatural lifestyle and responsibility thrust upon them I don t know what to do with that but I will take it since it makes me happy.I m unsure how much I like Jo s transformation I rather liked the bumbling Jo who really had no i [...]

  5. Jenna says:
    I have enjoyed the other 5 books in this series, but this one was my favorite BY FAR What I liked 1 More Morrison Woohoo 2 The plot and mystery were great and kept me trying to figure out what was going to happen next3 Our little Joanie has grown up and actually thinks a little before she acts She has also become accepting of herself, her abilities, and the magic community.4 Joanne asks for help when it s needed from both friends and her spirit guides showing that she has matured.5 The ENDING N [...]

  6. Faith Hunter says:
    I could NOT put it down I finished last night OMGosh Sooooo good I wich there were 6 stars Love love love this book

  7. Tracy says:
    Coming Into Her OwnIt s been fifteen months since cop mechanic and cynic Joanne Walker became warrior shaman and Seattle detective In those fifteen months, she s been stabbed, hung, strung out, strung up, wiped out and beat down She s done battle with creatures that aren t supposed to exist outside of grim horror stories or fantasy books She s had crises of faith, been riddled with self doubt and guilt, and gotten several close friends almost killed just by associating with her But she ain t dea [...]

  8. Shelley says:
    This is a pre release review of Spirit Dancers If you want to wait and read it first, please do so before going any further Description For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings She s mastered her shamanic abilities mostly , survived a cannibalistic serial killer barely and now she s facing the biggest challenge of her career attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison But when the performance billed as transformative actually changes her into [...]

  9. drey says:
    Oh my goodness The ending to Spirit Dances totally knocked me over Don t get me wrong, it was a good knock me over, but I m still digesting it On the one hand, I m soooooooo happy for Joanne On the other I m like, wait, what Way for C.E Murphy to leave me hanging When is Raven Calls coming out Aargh Ok, ok, let s start at the beginning After Demon Hunts, which I cannot believe I didn t review I will have to rectify that oversight , Joanne s made some discoveries about her magic and her path, and [...]

  10. Amy says:
    OMFG Seriously I wouldn t have classified the Walker Papers series in my top paranormal romance picks before 6 here I mean, I d read them all, but hadn t paid much attention to when 6 was being released like I do w my Kate Daniels Mercedes Thompson books In fact, I believe this actually came out in April That s right five whole months before I even noticed.BUT BUT BUT I read it in one sitting, have subsequently read it again, and have read the last half of the last chapter 1 million times approx [...]

  11. Kt says:
    Joanne thought she had faced down some pretty tough situations in the past, but nothing compares to her date with Morrison She accidentally asks him to a dance concert, and somehow he says yes Things are already pretty complicated between then, and a date that gets messed up by the supernatural, well that just doesn t help at all When the dance concert turns her into a coyote right in front of Morrison, Joanne wants to just curl up and die Add in all of the other craziness going on with homeless [...]

  12. Crystallena says:
    After spending the weekend reaquainting myself with the Walker Files, I spent the evening reading Spirit Dances It is times like this that I wish I hadn t purchased the e book for my Nook It is so unsatisfying that the most I could do was slam the cover to my e book ever so lightly of course when I finished this book I wish I had a nice solid bookSO I COULD THROW IT UP AGAINST THE WALL Sorry, I get violent when I don t get my way Anyway, I guess I should review the whole book, not just the last [...]

  13. Darcy says:
    There are so many things that I love about this series, seeing Joanne grow through out it, her friendship with Billy and Melinda, and her tumultuous relationship with Morrison This book was great as they were all at the center of it, all it was missing was Gary, who is the best sidekick for Joanne.Joanne has been through a lot and grown to accept being a Shaman While she doesn t always know what she is doing, she does so with her heart in the right place This time around it is no different She l [...]

  14. Susana says:
    4,5 starsSo far, my favourite book in the series From reticent shaman to someone who finally feels confortable in her skin, Joanne s character has really undergo some monumental changes.She continues to be her same funny self She has one of the craziest senses of humour i ve met in a book, and then she s surrounded by a vast number of interesting and complex characters, like her colleague Billy, who up until a few books ago, used to appear in the police precint in high heels and dresses I would [...]

  15. Caitlin says:
    I really enjoyed this latest installment of the Walker Papers series because I think Joanne has finally grown up She has come to terms with her shamanic powers and is really learning to take responsibility I liked how she had confidence Now, she s not perfect because lets be honest that would not be Joanne style She makes mistakes with the best intentions and spends twice as much time trying to fix them Her big mistake involves Morrison this time Yes, it s unexpected but good.Joanne s life has [...]

  16. Dee says:
    Good First person narratives are hard to find.Grade AThe Story Detective and Shaman Joanne Walker is accepting her dual nature as a healer and warrior She has a long running Not a Thing thing with her boss, the handsome Captain Morrison Her mentor, Coyote, is her spiritual and shaman guide into multiple planes of existence and she is learning and sometimes going beyond his teachings Jo is at a dance performance on a date with her boss when the lead dancer is murdered using psychic energy She is [...]

  17. Larissa says:
    Published on my blog Welcome to Larissa s Bookish Life Contains SPOILERS for the previous books in the series.Joanne is back and I am so happy about it This is the first series ever that I started a few books in and did NOT read the previous books and even though doing that is a pet peeve of mine, I really enjoyed Demon Hunts last year and Spirit Dances is even better Spirit Dances starts not so long after the events of Demon Hunts Coyote has gone back to Arizona and Joanne is trying to just go [...]

  18. Janet Whalen says:
    C.E Murphy continues the story of Joanne Walker, reluctant shaman As her power grows, she is learning to control it, but is still prone to major magical mishaps Joanne, a Seattle police detective and her boss, Captain Morrison, have been trying to be professional and not give in to their mutual attraction When Joanne accidentally asks him to join her at a dance performance, things get magically mucked up The troupe does modern interpretations of Native American dances, and are quite aware that t [...]

  19. ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme says:
    Joanne is once again in a sticky situation Amusingly enough, she even compares herself to Angela Lansbury This story references American pop culture then many of the books I ve recently read I like this since my mind works in similar patterns of making connections by concepts I digress Joanne is starting to remind me of Anita Blake Each story she increases in power exponentially She also is starting to settle in and accept that she s becoming powerful At least Joanne doesn t hump anything with [...]

  20. Lynsey (A Bookish Life) says:
    Whew This was a great book, and easily my favourite so far As you can see from the back cover blurb Joanne actually goes on a date with Morrison Did you hear what I said A Date With Morrison I know Of course partially shifting into a Coyote during a special dance performance will put a dampener on most romantic evenings, still, progress is progress and I m taking it where I can get it I don t want to spoil the rest of the plot from here but lets just say that, whereas other books have involved a [...]

  21. Beth Cato says:
    Ah, Joanne The lovely thing about these books is that Jo manages to find entirely new ways to screw up, and it creates a delightful ride for the reader There are many reasons why I consider this to be my favorite urban fantasy series, but a lot of it comes down to Jo She s nice and approachable Sure, she has a hard edge and can kick hiney in a fight if needed, but she s also a healer at heart I can t help but love a Seattle cop turned shaman with a fondness for maple covered donuts return return [...]

  22. Jackie says:
    By turns the world that this series is set in has weird, wacky and wonderful moments Spirit Dances has than it s fair share that is for sure, yet we find Joanne Walker at her best in this one even when things seem to be the worst for her.What I really enjoyed was at the end she finally got her hearts desire, although she did not have than a few moments to savor the victory before heading to the airport to catch a flight out of the country.In book 7 Raven Calls it sounds like we look forward to [...]

  23. Lori Romancing the Dark Side says:
    An original and addictive urban fantasy I fell in love with Joanne s character from the first page She s complex but very ballsy and definitely isn t afraid to speak her mind She s a very likeable heroine who isn t perfect and doesn t pretend to be There are some great secondary characters as well that add humor and depth to the story The tension between Joanne and Morrison is outstanding, I was glued to the pages whenever they had a moment together There s a little danger, mystery, humor and ro [...]

  24. Jess the Romanceaholic says:
    This is a Quickie Review For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.I come to this series as a virgin reader heh I ve never read anything by C.E Murphy, and as such, I am reviewing this story based on how well it works as a standalone work.Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this read I definitely want to go back and read the rest of the series despite knowing how a lot of the situations will end up through references made in this story I enjoyed the first person POV, and even when things got [...]

  25. Kathy Martin says:
    Joanne Walker, shaman and police detective, begins this story forced to shoot a suspect to save her partner which throws her magic in chaos as healers aren t supposed to cause damage While suspended for the investigation, she connects with a formerly homeless woman whose life she saved and is given tickets to a theatrical performance of Native American dances The dancers are channeling all kinds of energy and someone is out to steal it killing the central dancer in the attempt Joanne, along with [...]

  26. Eleni Konstantine says:
    Loved this instalment of The Walker Papers We see a little confident Joanne doing her Shaman thing with the help of her friends, Billy and Melinda, and of course her boss and love interest, Morrison who she turns accidentally into a huge wolf Whoops.Love the banter between Joanne and Morrison Michael and love where things are headed About time Still it s an ongoing series, so twists and turns to come no doubt.

  27. Sharon Michael says:
    Really liked this one, Jo has definitely gotten past the whiny stage of things here, much like she did in the 4th book I picked up from the library Apparently she had to get through that in the 2nd and 3rd books Will have to put this series back on my auto buy list again and pick up the previous book, which I have not read yet.

  28. Suz says:
    I would have called this the best book in the series to date, but the end was kind of a half and half good bad kinda sorta not entirely fish hook for the next book.I laughed throughout this book than I have since starting the series, though I liked it a lot except for that ending.

  29. Kathy Davie says:
    Sixth in the Walker Papers urban fantasy series revolving around Joanne Walker, a detective with the Seattle PD and an urban shaman rescuing the world My TakeOooh, Joanne has a date with Morrison K I S S I N G lol The way Jo is carrying on, you d think it was the end of times As much as I want the romance to get going with Joanne and Morrison, Murphy is clumsy about it when she finally starts.I loved how Murphy explained the auras of inanimate objects and it is something I d like to believe I ll [...]

  30. Kathy says:
    Joanne Walker seems kind of the same in this one no new environment or characters, no new responses still her standard Oh sh t and all hell breaks loose don t get me wrong, it s still clever and engaging and enjoyable and there s a nice wrap up to an on going storyline intercharacter development, but it seemed of the same.

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