02.6.2009

Demons, Messengers, and Anteaters, o my!

Lately, I have read Unclean Spirits by M. L. N. Hanover, The Anteater of Death by Betty Webb, and The Messenger by Jan Burke. I would recommend all three of them.

In Unclean Spirits, Jayne goes to Denver because her uncle was murdered. There she found out that the world was not what she expected. She ends up fighting wizards. It’s great fun–kind of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer grown-up book. It’s the first book in an expected trilogy, but it has an ending an doesn’t completely leave you hanging.

The Anteater of Death is a very different kind of book. This is the first book in a new series for Betty Webb. The zookeeper, Teddy, is determined to save Lucy, the pregnant anteater after a body is found in her enclosure. So, Teddy snoops around looking for the real killer. I really enjoyed this book. It’s a mystery, there’s a love story, and you can’t miss the antics of Teddy’s father hiding from the law. I hope that you like this as much as I did.

Finally, The Messenger, was an interesting supernatural love story. It was a great departure from Jan Burke’s regular characters, a journalist and her husband the detective. So, in The Messenger, Tyler Hawthorne is able to hear and relate the last thoughts of the dying. As part of this power, he cannot die, and he heals almost instantly. The man who passed this power to him wants his power back. So, Tyler and his neighbor (read love interest) work to save Tyler and thwart the bad guy. In the beginning of the novel, I had to keep telling myself about suspension of disbelief, but after awhile, you do get sucked in, and it reads very quickly.

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