Laurell K. Hamilton
Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry, Book 8)
Random House (AU: 1st December 2009; UK: 4th December 2009; US & CA: 8th December 2009)
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In Los Angeles, demi-fey are being killed in a certain way, the crime scenes bloody close to illustrations in storybooks. ‘Twould make a macabre but compelling plot, but instead here it’s only a sub-plot. For a private detective, Merry Gentry doesn’t seem to do much work. In this tome, she visits crime scenes, a lab, and basically does a lot of talking. There’s no personal danger for her, considering she’s guarded by at least two men at all times. So if you’re looking for a thriller or mystery, you’ve come to the wrong book.
If relationship melodrama is your thing, you’ll gobble up Divine Misdemeanors. If you thought becoming pregnant would kill Merry’s sex life, you’re strongly mistaken. She has five different partners in this series’s eighth novel, and her snatch continues to be magical: Shagging in the sea creates a new sithen, and shagging a demi-fey makes the male grow to human size – and not just in the pants department. Not kinky enough for you? Apparently tentacles go for boobs, because the appendages have spines, and would likely damage a snatch, perhaps even Merry’s magical one.
The storybook serial kills are fascinating, but they barely get a look in here. Don’t bother buying the hardcover – wait for the paperback, or just borrow the hardcover from the library. But really, if you never get to read Divine Misdemeanors, you’re not missing anything of note.
So I’m guessing you didn’t like it?
2 stars out of 5. But you and I are very different people 😉
The sad thing is , except for the details, your review covers all of LKH’s recent books – in both series.
Relationship angst, lots of sex (not necesarily good sex either), lots of TALKING, magical snatch, many partners and pretty much the same basic storyline being repeated and repeated and repeated………
Thanks – I’m going to pass on this one.
I cant agree more. I usually devour a new book when it comes out but when I started reading this one I found that i could easkily put it down and not come back to it til the next day. It was definitely disappointing. I found that it really didnt have much of a plot. It seemed LKH couldnt think of anything better so she wrote this. I’d give it 1 star out of five…just cuz I love doyle and frost. 🙂
On this one we agree Tez. For the first time ever I am NOT buying a new Hamilton book. The writing has just declined way too much. Sigh.
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