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Silver Zombie by Carole Nelson Douglas

December 4, 2010

Publishers: Pocket

Publication Date: November 30, 2010

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Status: Fourth the in the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator Series. It follows Dancing with Werewolves, Brimstone Kiss and Vampire Sunrise.

Source: Received review copy from the publisher.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada and Kansas

Other Info: Carole Nelson Douglas is a very prolific author. She’s written both Mysteries and Urban Fantasy.

Zombies and Witches and Vamps . . . Oh, My!

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—at least that’s Delilah Street’s hope. With Sin City’s vampire and werewolf mobs wanting to cash in her chips once and for all, she’s retreating with her partner Ric Montoya and half-wolfhound Quicksilver to her Kansas birthplace. Unfortunately, when it comes to finding trouble, there’s no place like home. . . .

It doesn’t take long before Delilah realizes she’s not in Vegas anymore. Zombie cowboys and spectral cattle drives are kicking up dust, the local weather girls are total witches who forecast perfect storms, and some Hollywood fanatic is recasting zombies as the greatest stars of the silver screen. And speaking of silver, Delilah’s special affinity for the all-purpose monster-repellent leads her posse straight down a silver brick road—and into a notso- fun house of mirrors—putting her face-to-face with her dicey past and a mystery woman named Lilith, who’s a real dead ringer for Delilah. The key word being dead.

I’m afraid that Silver Zombie was a did not finish (DNF) for me. It was a DNF for many reasons, but mainly because it doesn’t work as a stand-alone novel. I should have known better, especially after resolving not to read books out of order. It was a decision I made for a reason. There isn’t any way I can Silver Zombie give it a fair chance without reading all the other books first. And, unfortunately, I’ve got too much going on at the moment to do this, so it’s going to have to go back in the TBR pile.

There was too much going on in the first few chapters of the books that I wasn’t able to follow. It was all very bewildering and too often I found myself thinking the ubiquitous “Whaaa?” I want to be clear, though: Silver Zombie was a DNF for me not because of the quality of the book. I guess you could say I’m recusing myself on account of ignorance.

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