Review of “Best Left in the Shadows” by Mark Gelineau and Joe King



A Highside girl. Beaten. Murdered. Her body found on a Lowside dock. A magistrate comes looking for answers. For justice.

Alys trades and sells secrets among the gangs and factions of Lowside. She is a daughter of the underworld. Bold. Cunning. Free. When an old lover asks for help, she agrees. For a price.

Together, they travel into the dark heart of the underworld in search of a killer.


I really enjoyed the overall feel of this book. It has a dark fantasy, detective noir theme to it. We get to see the types of dangers the main characters face and the risks that they are willing to go to in order to find who killed the Highside girl.

Alys is someone who has been raised in the Lowside. It is a dog-eat-dog type of area. There are killers, drug dealers, and prostitutes spread throughout. Nobody can fully trust anyone.

Dax is a magistrate from Highside who comes searching for the victim who belongs to a noble family. He is not seen as a friendly figure to the people of the Lowside who think poorly of those from Highside, with all their money, nobility and privileges that they have gone without their entire lives.

In order for Dax to gain enough trust from the Lowside residents, he needs to join forces with Alys, a former love interest, to get answers. Not only do they uncover information that leaves them stunned, but their meddling arouses the anger of some of the most dangerous villains in the neighborhood.

Looking forward to more books in this series!!

Special thanks to the publisher for approving me to read this book! 🙂

Final verdict: 4 out of 5 stars!

Buy link: (only .99 cents!)


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