Unfallen Dead - Mark Del Franco Plot Summary: In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has more “important” crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement.Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator — whose magical abilities were crippled after a run-in with a radical environmentalist elf.As Connor battles red tape and his own shortcomings, he realizes that the murders are not random, but part of an ancient magical ritual. And if Connor can’t figure out the killer’s M.O., the culmination of the spell might just bring about a worldwide cataclysm.For a century since the Convergence of Faerie and modern reality, the Ways between this world and the next have been closed. But now signs point to the chance that the veil may lift again.Connor Grey has enough problems with a vengeful Queen of Faerie and the return of his old Guild partner. Add an occult string of murders, and it's another case that just may kill him.Review: Between Connor's disability, (the black mass in his brain), the political instability among the Fae and even Connor's relationship with Meryl, which ends in a romantic entanglement for like 1 page, Unfallen Dead gives some much needed spark to the series. Connor's latest case involves two humans murdered by a druidess that link back to an old case of Keeva's. Keeva's got her own problems. She's on suspension for being manipulated against the Guild. Connor is stunned when his old Guild partner, Dylan MacBain, arrives from New York to temporarily take over her position. Connor and Dylan have unresolved issues that goes back 10 years to an incident on a Ferry. To top it off, the Faerie royal court sends Ceridwen to Boston. It seems Maeve has taken an interest in Connor and Meryl because of the events at Forest Hill and the malignant essence, Taint (book 3). Neither Connor, nor Meryl remember anything that happened that night, and the Seelie Court believes they are lying, or are traitors.The other storyline is that Samhain, or day of the day is arriving and the veils between earth and TirNaNog are opening they haven't for a very long time. Which makes this a perfect time for Connor's nemesis Bergen Vize to make his attack on Tara effective.I have to say, yes, the action and storlyline in this book was a bit better than the previous ones. Yes, Dylan's presence in this book was actually a relief since Connor and he had a partnership in the past and they also share a mentor in Briallen. However, I really wish that the author would stop with the temptations of a relationship between Connor and Meryl. I truly thought he was going to cross into the realm of my angry reader area by forming a relationship between Dylan and Connor. Luckily, he didn't. Sorry, but, I'm not interested.I think one of the better characters remains Joe the Flit, or Stinkwort. Keeva is also starting to become more likable with each installment. I guess getting suspended will have that effect on someone.There are several villians in this story. Rhonda Powell aka Ronwen ap Hywel, who was supposingly killed by her lover. Bergen Vizes attempt to storm across the veil with a coalition of Fey who hate Maeve was probably the best part of the book. I would difinitely like to see that storyline come to an end soon.Rating: 3 stars.