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November 19, 2012

Time for another book report, since I’ve got a couple of things ready to go back to the library this week.

Barbara Hambly’s Blood Maidens is a long-awaited (for me, at least) continuation of a series started back in the late ’80s centered on Oxford don (and spy) James Asher and his somewhat unwilling relationship with vampire Don Simon Ysidro.  These books started back before vampires became the pop culture thing they are now, so they adhere to the traditional mythos – no sparkling, no walking around in daylight (sort of), and silver is inimical to them.  In this book, James is called upon by Simon to help track a missing vampire friend and ends up in St. Petersburg, Russia where a German doctor is apparently trying to create a vaccine of sorts that will allow vampires to “become human” again.

A Door in the River, featuring Hazel Micallef, is the third novel from Inger Ash Wolfe.  Hazel is the lead detective in the police force of the small town of Port Dundas, Ontario.  A well-loved local store owner is found dead, apparently from a wasp or bee sting, and Hazel senses a mystery is afoot.  In the process she uncovers a local underground (literally) casino that also houses a group of young women from Eastern Europe who have turned into sex slaves whose services are bid upon by the patrons of the casino.  Hazel is a brash figure who dislikes going by the book and is being threatened by the younger management of the police force and the changes being brought to her department, but she manages to make her way through the difficulties of work and life with her elderly mother nonetheless.

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