The latest in Harrison's Hollows series finds witch Rachel Morgan still mourning her dead vampire boyfriend and trying to regain her memory of his double murder. (Vampires die twice in this reality--first to become undead and then dead dead.)
I complained in my review of The Outlaw Demon Wails that Rachel's pining over her dead boyfriend got a little old, and this installment started with more of the same. But after that first chapter, some new and interesting stuff happens, including a new (to the series) supernatural species being added: the banshee, and it's bad ass!
Most of the other paranormal fiction books I've been reading focus on vampires and werewolves who function in a world that doesn't know about their existence, and witches aren't much featured. Never are pixies represented, like the multidimensional but tiny Jenks, one of Rachel's business partners. Pixies have a rivalry with fairies, and so many of Jenks's favorite curses involve taking Tinkerbell's name in vain, "Tink's tampons...!"
There are also elves, gargoyles, and demons. And now a ghost.
I love that this series continues to surprise me even seven books in, and that the vampire vs. werewolf love triangle has not once reared it's predictable head.
And of course I love that Rachel thinks critically about her information sources.
I had to pick up my brother at the airport, but I might be able to squeeze in a stop at the university library as well as a charm shop for Jenks before that. A locator charm was devilishly hard. I honestly didn't know if I could pull it off. The library would be the only place I could find the recipe. Well, besides the Internet, but that was asking for trouble. p. 93