Phillipa Bornikova burst onto the urban fantasy stage with the original, well written and intriguing urban fantasy legal thriller "This Case is Gonna Kill Me" http://www.amazon.com/This-Case-Is-Gonna-Kill/dp/0765326825. A fusion of the traditional legal thriller and the supernatural urban fantasy with vampire, werewolves and elves, Bornikova's first novel was a real page turner. Bornikova's richly imagined urban fantasy universe was an integral part of the story.
"Box Office Poison" http://www.amazon.com/Box-Office-Poison-Phillipa-Bornikova/dp/0765326833, Bornikova's followup in this Linnet Ellery series, is a good legal mystery about a series of odd murders seemingly by elf actors.
Ellery is in Los Angeles to help her vampire boss arbitrate a dispute between human actors and elves. It seems the human actors are missing out at castings. Could the elves be using some form of magic to influence the outcome of the casting calls? One of the leading actors of the time and the president of the Screen Actors Guild has brought an action.
Meanwhile, in a O.J. Simpson like turn of events, a famous elf actor has been arrested after a long road chase for killing his wife.
While at the set of a movie, Ellery witnesses another elf actress open fire with an assortment of weapons killing a lot of the crew and actors in the movie.
Ellery thinks there is something strange about the two elf murder incidents coming at this critical time in the dispute between human actors and elves. She investigates with the help of some interesting characters. It is a fast paced investigation with a lot of action. However, the actual villain was pretty obvious early on to this reader.
Moreover, Bornikova keeps dropping hints in the text about some supernatural power that Ellery has, but leaves that issue in a cliff hanger. Its clear that something is helping Ellery out.
I am not a big fan of the unresolved hinting of some "power".
Its a good book, but it loses something in comparison to the first novel.
But Bornikova is an author to watch in the over crowded urban fantasy landscape.