While still containing all the usual wacky humor and weird events, this latest
chapter also contains shocking tragedy, which ratchets up the emotional stakes. Per Davidson, this book is the launch of
a trilogy within the series that will take Betsy's first-person adventures in a
new direction. As Queen Betsy can
attest, responsibility and power just
suck sometimes!

Newlyweds Betsy and Sinclair are not destined for peace and quiet. Recovering fiend Garrett reluctantly delivers some bad news: He has been feeding the rest of the ravaging fiends his blood. This leads to some good news and some more bad news: The fiends have regained much of their senses, but they blame Betsy for their situation and plan to kill her.

Surprisingly, Nick, who still hasn't forgiven Betsy for her past transgressions, requests her help with several murder cases. Anxious to mend fences, Betsy agrees. Then the harbinger of doom arrives -- in the ghostly presence of Betsy's late, unlamented stepmother.

(BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 304 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith