"sharply written, very witty urban fantasy"
A strange phenomena--when an author changes style or
direction, there's often a violent knee-jerk reaction from
fans to the shift. You constantly see people complaining
about an author doing the same old, same old. Yet, let a
writer give you a fresh premise, a plot totally unlike
anything she's done before and readers surprisingly
scream, 'burn the witch'. I think readers--fans--often
seek long time authors out for 'comfort food'. The books
may not be exciting, but you know what your money is going
for; it's safe. Despite the whines of 'nothing new', when
an author makes that about face, they nearly get stoned!
Carole Nelson Douglas --long time author with over fifty
titles to her credit in the Irene Adler series and the
Midnight Louie series--hops to another publisher and gives
you the wildly zany Dancing With Werewolves. While I love
her other stories, I truly enjoyed this book, and look
forward to others in the series to come.
It's sharply written, very witty and kept me turning pages
until I read the whole book in one sitting. As fans become
accustomed to this new direction for this talented author,
I fully expect to see praise for her new style.
In a genre that's quickly filling with authors left and
right, Nelson brings a fresh and sassy voice to Delilah
Street. A woman with a dim past, she knows she was named
after the street where she was found orphaned. She's
currently an investigative reporter heading up the
paranormal beat in Wichita, Kansas. The theme reminded me
faintly of the movie Fred Ward did for HBO (Cast a Deadly
Spell, 1991), where paranormal was normal. I absolutely
adored Ward's Harry Phillip Lovecraft character, so it
follows I would enjoy this book, too.
While watching a television show, Delilah spots a cadaver
being dissected and gets a chill. The 'dead body' could be
her twin sister! When the vampire anchorman tries to put
the bite on her and she ends up fired, then she loses her
dog and her home, Delilah figures someone is trying to tell
her it's time to take the show on the road--and find out if
there's a clone who may be her sister.
Vegas has always been considered a bit strange, but in this
alternative world, werewolves are literally running the
town. Besides the werewolves, there are a few witches and
other not quite humans that keep the plot moving and full
of surprises. As in the Ward movie, it's an odd blend on
urban fantasy and film noir that is brought to life under
the talented pen...hum...keyboard of Ms. Douglas.
My husband absolutely adored this book, so it should appeal
to both sexes.
Reviewed by: Deborah Macgillivray, author
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted June 24, 2008
It was the revelation of the millennium: witches, werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals are real. Fast-forward 13 years: TV reporter Delilah Street used to cover the small-town bogeyman beat back in Kansas, but now, in high-octane Las Vegas - which is run by a werewolf mob - she finds herself holding back the gates of Hell itself. But at least she has a hot new guy and one big bad wolfhound to help her out...
Genre: Urban Fantasy