REVIEW: “A Monster in Miami” by Daniel Delgado

Review of Daniel Delgado, “A Monster in Miami” Cossmass Infinities 9 (2022): 25-52 — Read or purchase online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

Content note: Death and body mutilation; drug trafficking; contract murder.

The story begins in hot, sticky, sultry Florida: Ana María Quispe Ruiz, la Bruja de Mi­ami (“ba­si­cally three-quar­ters tra­di­tional healer and a quar­ter hedge ma­gician,” p. 30, a great line), has been called to the scene of a murder — it’s magic, not forensic science, that is needed to discover what has happened, and who did it, who the titular monster is.

It’s quite a long story, very introspective and self-reflective, and with some very pointed commentary on how magic is conceived of by those who practice it and those who merely study its phenomenon. Those who like hard-hitting urban fantasy should find something to enjoy in this.