Friday, 27 January 2012
Brimstone Kiss by Carole Nelson Douglas
Hi, it's Yaz here again. Every once in a while you come across a book or series that you love, but can't put your finger on why. The Delilah Street series is very different from the run of the mill take on the urban supernatural. The plot is lose, the characters seem all over the show, the villains cliched yet despite it all, it works.
This series is a film buff's dream. Full of film noir references that I'm ashamed to say I got most of, though some were way over my head. There's a lot of detailed information as part of the background, which can be hard to process. I'm hoping that it means the books will improve on re-reading.
Set a couple years in the future where witches, werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals are real. TV reporter Delilah Street used to cover the small-town bogeyman beat back in Kansas, but now lives in Las Vegas – which is run by a werewolf mob – as a PI solving paranormal cases with the help of her too-intelligent, big bad wolfhound and her partner - tall, dark, handsome, and Hispanic ex-FBI guy Ric Montoya.
Delilah Street was found abandoned when she was a few days old and grew up in group homes in Kansas. She is traumatised by her experiences there. Her relationship with Ric is hard for both of them as they both have scars from their past they must heal to make it work.
Ric has had a hard life and understands Delilah, giving her the space she needs. Delilah is not much of a planner which often gets her in way above her head which she only manages to win through with a healthy dose of luck.
Snow is a sometimes friend and a mystery. To Delilah, he is intriguing enigma and I would love to know his story.
The only problem I have is the cliff hanger at the end, the book ends rather abruptly and that is cheating, in my opinion. Now I'm going to have to read the next book to find out what happens next. All part of the author's cunning plan, I'm sure.