Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date published: December 2009
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via: publisher
Everyone’s favorite fey Princess is back again in Laurell K. Hamilton’s eighth book in her Merry Gentry series, DIVINE MISDEMEANORS where murder, mystery, and magic once again combine for a memorable out of this world mystic experience.
A pregnant Merry has given up her claim to the crowns of both light and dark fey realms and moved her brood back to Los Angeles where she continues her private eye work. Of course, the royal intrigue and celebrity drama continue to follow her and her men. Someone is killing the fey and recreating scenes from children’s books for the murders.
For this reader, it was great to finally leave court politics and constant murder attempts in Fairie and move back to the human world and Merry’s job as a private eye. Of course, the magic and mystery are still surrounding Merry and her men and though she may be in exile, it was nice to see that some hundred fey happily followed her to Los Angeles. Better to be in exile with a chance at regaining your full powers, then to stay in fairie with no chance.
It is important to remember that Merry is a fertility deity and the goddess still intends to use Merry to bring the fey back to their original powers. And that means sex people; lots of sex. Well, not quite as much sex as has been in previous books now that Merry is pregnant with twins with six different fathers awaiting their arrival. And while protecting her unborn babies is their top concern, Merry is not about to forget she is royalty and as such, feels a duty to protect all her people. Fey being murdered in her backyard is simply not acceptable. And while Merry is busy investigating fey murders, one of Merry’s men decides to test his boundaries with Merry. Luckily for everyone, this mother-to-be is no pushover.
While this may not be Laurell K. Hamilton’s best book to-date, DIVINE MISDEMEANORS is a definite move in the right direction; nicely balancing Merry’s magic side with her investigative side. Kudos to Hamilton for really listening to her readers’ opinions and writing this book with those thoughts in mind. This reader can’t wait to see what happens next in this magical world for Merry and her men.
THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS BOOK. THIS IS AN OBJECTIVE UNBIASED REVIEW