ZEN AND THE ART OF VAMPIRES
Talk about Murphy's law! For this poor heroine, things just go from wacky to worse in MacAlister's Dark Ones novel. Just as if she were writing an old-time serial movie, MacAlister likes to pile on the offbeat adventure and leave enticing threads hanging for the next exciting installment. Her red-hot roll continues.
Suddenly, some weird Brotherhood of the Blessed Light group wants her to marry their sacristan, and various ghosts call her their reaper and expect her to take them to some place called Ostri. Then there's the handsome but extremely surly Dark One, Kristoff, who wants revenge on the Brotherhood. To prevent Pia from gaining her full powers, Kristoff forces her into marriage. Can Pia's usually mundane life get any more complicated? (SIGNET, Dec., 352 pp., $7.99)