Short Story Review: “Love Hurts” by Jim Butcher

Love Hurts (The Dresden Files, #11.5)Love Hurts by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short but bittersweet tale sees detective/wizard Harry Dresden and his police partner, Karrin Murphy partner up yet again to investigate a series of dual suicides by lovers throughout the Chicagoland area. The balance between his supernatural connections and intuition and her investigative know-how sends them on a roadtrip downstate to the State Fair looking for foul matchmakers.

This, of course, moves them beyond their normal territories and world of resources. It also plays with the growing friendship between the two as they are not immune to the wiles of the devious matchmaker. Their relationship has managed to stay platonic up to this point . . .

“Murph . . . I think we got whammied.”

She blinked at me. “What? No, we didn’t.”

Look at us,” I said, waving our joined hands. . . . “Murph, think about it. . . . You know how good this is?” I asked.


“How right it feels?”

She nodded. “Yeah.”

“How easy it was?”

She nodded energetically, her eyes bright.

I leaned down toward her for emphasis. “It just isn’t fucked up enough to really be you and me.”

Her smile faltered. “My God,” she said, her eyes widening. “We got whammied.”

This tale appears in Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran. I’ve previously read Butcher’s:
     Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)–4 stars
     Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)–4 stars
     Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)–4 stars
     Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)–4 stars
     Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)–4 stars
     “Last Call” (The Dresden Files, #10.6)–5 stars
[Check out my other reviews here.]

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