So I have to put in a plug
A friend of mine just had her first book published on September first! It is of the urban fantasy genre, the first of a series revolving around a half-fae / half-human detective straddling our world and Faerie. Our heroine is October "Toby" Daye, who has just returned to San Francisco after spending fourteen years as a fish. She has family issues -- her mother is insane; relationship issues -- the man she wants is married to her liege's daughter; and work issues -- she's been cursed to find a murderer or die herself. What's needed is explained as you go along, and the story and perspective are fresh and welcome. I'm sure you'll love it.
I was also one of the proofers for this excellent series, so I'm biased. The book is Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, published by DAW. Click on Mei's little Amazon link to buy, or support your local bookstore. The next installment, A Local Habitation, will be out in March. Book three, An Artificial Night, will be out in September 2010.