“Since this is the 2nd book in a trilogy, the first thing you should wonder is "Do I need to have read this first book?" - You don't, necessarily, but I would recommend it. If you read Niceville and are wondering if you need to re-read it, you don't. The author does a good job of including enough details of the prior book to spark your memory, but if you skip the first book all together, I think you are missing something.
Strange things are afoot in Niceville. Unsolved crimes, mafia connections, and OTHER things. Otherworldly things. I think this is a fun and really original series. There are occasional bits of humor, and overall it's interesting and engaging.
Things that bug me - the story will be clipping along, and then all of a sudden the author stops to describe a house in detail, or some landscaping, even a car. That really slows the story down for me. And the dialog is stiff and uncomfortable at times. I'm not sure Stroud is all that great at writing women.
Aside from that, I really enjoy the series, particularly since it's such a mix of genres. I'm looking forward to the third book, but don't feel left hanging by some massive cliffhanger.”