Review: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

this-case-is-gonna-kill-meThis Case is Gonna Kill Me
by Phillipa Bornikova
Narrated by Therese Plummer
Series: Linnet Ellery #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tor Books, 2012
Audiobook, purchased
320 pages
9 hours, 22 minutes
Grade: B
Narrator Grade: B+
Synopsis: What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves—or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.

Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.

But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there’s apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she’s going to shake up the system like you wouldn’t believe….


  • This is a fluffy story, but it’s surprisingly addictive!
  • The narrator is very good and that made me enjoy the book even more.
  • It’s a cliché that many of the attorneys at her firm are bloodsucking! And some others are wolves or elves.
  • The story moves along quickly. Lots of action.
  • This doesn’t offer much new to the urban fantasy world, but the characters–especially Linnet, Chip (her boss) and John O’Shea (an elf and freelance private investigator for her firm)–are engaging.
  • Linnet begins as a new rather naive attorney in this law firm. She discovers a place with barbaric office politics where she isn’t taken seriously especially after she’s sidelined into a 17-year-old case. She’s stuck reading and researching old depositions and working for an older human attorney with little or no promotion prospects left. It’s not that unusual for a new attorney to get this type of work for a while.
  • The book is part legal thriller and part urban fantasy. I like the mix.


  • Linnet manages to escape danger again and again which seems unrealistic. But maybe someone or something is intervening?

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is a story which I quickly listened to. And immediately bought the next book though I haven’t read it yet. Too many other books!
  • There is a second book, but I don’t see any books after that. That’s too bad, because I enjoyed this first book.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

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