Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin) by Jennifer Estep is my first foray into the Elemental Assassin series. Was I starting behind the eight ball? Should I have read some of the preceding titles? Happily, this was not necessary! I quickly fell into stepwith the various characters and their connections to each other. At the beginning Gin muses, 'as an assassin, I'd learned a long time ago not to invest too much money in clothes that were only going to end up with bloodstains on them'. Just as well because this night was no exception. Plenty of action, throats cut and blood flowing, amidst tantalizing plot twists and turns. A fabulous function, a gorgeous new gown and a heist of giant proportions, all the ingredients for an occasion extravonaire! An amusing read indeed! ...and I can go back and read more of the how's and who's to date without worrying too much about starting with the 8th book in the series.